SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Basic Japanese 1

Module Code:
155900874
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

None

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge and understanding of basic Japanese grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of essential Japanese vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Japanese structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand short passages in written Japanese on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short passages in written Japanese on everyday topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Japanese and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The course for beginners provides an introduction to Japanese language with both practical written and spoken Japanese, with an emphasis on the former. The three types of script, hiragana, katakana and 188 Chinese characters will be introduced.

Procedure

Please note that on line registration alone will not give you an automatic right to attend the course. You are required to fill the registration form. You can download the Registration form here. Please submit it to Basic Japanese 1 course convenor, Dr. Seiko Harumi (sh96@soas.ac.uk, Room 367)

If you have any previous knowledge of Japanese language (including private tuition and self-study), you are required to take a placement test taking place during the Welcome Week, 28 September, Wednesday between 11:00-12:30 at B102. Also, if you are final year students, you will need to have an approval from a Dean from your department. For further enquiry on registration, please contact Dr. Seiko Harumi.

Announcement of your placement:
3th October (Monday), before 9:00 am:
The language level and group you have been placed will be announced on the notice board opposite MB377.

Classes begin on this day.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written exam (80%), taken in May/June and continuous assessment (20%) comprising of assignments and weekly, and termly tests.

Suggested reading

  • Minna no Nihongo Shokyu [2nd version] Vol.1 Textbook
  • Minna no Nihongo Elementary Japanese I: Translation & Grammar Notes-English [2nd version]
  • Supplementary material: Workbook

From Monday of Week 1 of your study, you will be using the hiragana script (not Romanization). Our Japanese lectors will of course be giving you guidance about using and writing Japanese scripts in Week 1, but you will benefit from familiarizing yourself with the script before coming to class.  Please click the 'Hiragana and Katakana Preparation' link on the right hand side on this page for more information.

Disclaimer

Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules