Japanese Beginners - WOLA3040

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Mano Suzuki checkmark-circle


The curriculum content is intended to give students some familiarity, at a level comparable to A1 level on CEFR, with everyday life, activities and the culture in Japan. Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on an introductory level of communication skills used in everyday life including greetings and introductions, talking about oneself and getting to know each other. Basic skills useful to people visiting Japan will be taught including describing locations and shopping. An introductory level of Japanese culture will be covered such as social interaction and geography including major cities.

The cultural aspects of the above topic areas will be taught in seminars, by means of course books, audio materials and online resources and through sharing experiences of a tutor and students.

Students will have access to these materials and additional resources on Moodle. A range of resources is also available at the library.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Total Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
In Course Test: Speaking (Max. 3 minutes) – 20%
Language Skills (Equivalent to 1,000 Japanese characters) words) – 40%
Cultural Research and Writing (300 Japanese characters) – 40%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework (Equivalent to 1,300 Japanese characters)

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices. The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages: https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Read and write Japanese Kana letters;
2. Demonstrate a familiarity with basic Japanese vocabulary equivalent to a Beginners level;
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the main points of standard materials in the target language related to basic and familiar topics in everyday life;
4. Express and exchange basic information in the target language in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics;
5. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the life and culture in Japan within the context of that area of study.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Communicate ideas independently;
2. Demonstrate basic intercultural awareness and understanding.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto WOLA3050 Japanese Elementary.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage 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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