Japanese Lower Intermediate - LA561

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 5 15 (7.5) MRS F Nemoto-Smith checkmark-circle


This module will build on from Pre-Intermediate level (LA553) where you learned the vocabularies and grammar used in directions, polite requests, hobbies, illness and personal descriptions in complex structures with a full command of Hiragana, Katakana and a basic 100 Kanji. In this module, you will develop the vocabularies, expressions, sentence structures, grammar that are used in university, part-time work and leisure situations and will learn further 60 new Kanji. You will learn the relevant vocabularies and grammar for seminars prior to each seminar and seminars will focus on you practising these in role play, grammar exercise 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 LA553 do not need to buy an additional core-textbook.

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 (450 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, familiarity with Japanese vocabulary equivalent to lower intermediate level;
b) demonstrate an understanding of the main points of clear standard texts on familiar matters in the target language regularly encountered in university, part-time work and leisure and with a degree of flexibility using a range of simple vocabulary and structures and demonstrating the use and understanding of more complex/intermediate level language with some precision;
c) express opinions and exchange information in the target language on familiar and/or routine topics such as personal experience, outings, local events, showing appreciation with a degree of flexibility and range of vocabulary ;
d) demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the life and culture of Japan.


LA559 Japanese 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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