Japanese Intermediate - LA559

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


This module is for students who can communicate in Japanese comfortably on familiar topics encountered in everyday life and read and write Japanese including around 200 Kanji. The curriculum will focus on communication in a real life of university student studying in Japan, by using complex expressions in an appropriate style of speaking. Various styles of readings are given such as formal letter, article and website providing factual information. 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

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 500 characters in length.

Indicative reading

Preliminary 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 around 300 Kanji appropriately when they are used in various words.
(b) Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in university, part-time work and leisure, and deal with some complex situations likely to arise while traveling and studying in Japan in both the polite and the casual way.
(c) Describe plans, goals, dreams in the future, feelings and impressions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions.
(d) Understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal e-mails, and relatively complex articles and reports on familiar topics.
(e) Write a personal e-mails in the formal style and a short essay or report on familiar topics, giving detailed information and describing experiences and impressions.
(f) Demonstrate knowledge of the life and culture in Japan on an appropriate level such as education system, social problems, manners and customs.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA558 Japanese Upper Intermediate in Spring term.


  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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