Japanese Upper Intermediate - LA558

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 6 15 (7.5) MRS M Suzuki checkmark-circle


This module is for students who can deal with most situations likely to arise in everyday life in Japan, and read and write Japanese including around 300 Kanji. The curriculum will focus on living in Japan, by using complex expressions in an appropriate style of speaking. Topics covered in this module vary, including job hunting, a CV in the Japanese style, making a complaint in a shop, and expressing one's opinion in a discussion on formal topics. Students also read and listen to news articles to gain knowledge of social issues and current affairs. Discussions take place in the class on the topic areas covered in the module.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

3 hours of seminars per week for 10 weeks; 30 contact hours in total. 10 hours of self-study per week.


Core textbook: £40 approximately
*Students who took LA559 Japanese Intermediate do not need to purchase the textbook for this module as the same ones are used in the module.

Method of assessment

In-Course Tests will account for 80% of the overall mark, consisting of;
• Speaking test (20%) up to 5 minutes
• Reading Test (20%) 45 minutes
• Writing Test (20%) 45 minutes
• Listening Test (20%) 30 minutes
Course assignment will account for 20% of the overall mark. The task of the assignment is cultural research and writing in Japanese of 600 characters.

Indicative reading

Core textbook:
Akira Miura, Naomi H. McGloin (2008) An Integrated Approach To Intermediate Japanese, Revised Edition [with 2 CDs], The Japan Times. ISBN 9784789013079

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
(a) Read and write over 450 Kanji appropriately when they are used in various words.
(b) Present clear, detailed descriptions on a range of subjects related to personal interest, and take a part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining own views.
(c) Explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving logical reasons of one's opinion.
(d) Read and understand articles and reports concerned with contemporary issues on familiar topics in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.
(e) Write a very simple CV for applying for a job, and a short essay passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.
(f) Demonstrate understanding of the life and culture in Japan such as employment, the system and custom in working society, manners and custom in special occasions.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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