Japanese Pre-Intermediate - LA553

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 5 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle


This module will build on from Elementary level (LA305) where you can, in a simple way, introduce yourself and family, express daily routine and describe people with a full command of Hiragana, Katakana and basic 50 Kanji. In this module, you will continue to develop the vocabularies, expressions, sentence structures, grammar that are used in your immediate environment and learn further 50 new Kanji. Seminars will focus on 'practising the language' through communicative activities, grammar exercises and writing short compositions in a friendly, stimulating atmosphere. You will also gain the relevant cultural information around the course topics whilst developing speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. You will find example of topics in the 'Learning outcomes' section.


This module appears in the following module collections.


Core Textbook Costs: £65-80
*The students who have taken LA305 do not need to buy an additional core-textbook

Method of assessment

Method of assessment:
In Course Test, Reading (45 minutes) - 20%
In Course Test, Writing (45 minutes) - 20%
In Course Test, Listening (30 minutes) - 20%
In Course Test, Speaking (Up to 4 minutes) - 20%
Coursework Assignment, Cultural research and Writing (400 characters in Japanese) -20%

Indicative reading

• Basic Kanji Book Vol. 1, 5th edn. Bonjinsha. ISBN 9784893580917
• Minna No Nihongo 1, 2nd edn [with CD].Tokyo: 3A Corporation. ISBN 9784883196036
• Minna no Nihongo I Translation & Grammatical Notes English (2012). 2nd edn. Tokyo: 3A Corporation. ISBN 9784883196043

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
a) demonstrate, including writing by hand, a familiarity with Japanese vocabulary equivalent to pre-intermediate proficiency;
b) demonstrate an good understanding of the main points of standard materials on familiar matters in the target language covered in everyday life;
c) express opinions and exchange information in the target language on topics such as personal information, locations, directions, occupations etc. in simple terms and initiate and sustain close simple, routine exchanges without undue effort;
d) demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the life and culture of Japan.


LA561 Japanese Lower Intermediate


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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