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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Basic Japanese 2

Course Code:
155900875
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year
Aims to enable students to read Japanese texts on their own. More complex grammatical structure and Chinese characters (about 300) are introduced systematically. The course is run as a ‘floater course’ for students from other departments and MA students.

Prerequisites

Basic Japanese 1 or equivalent.

Procedure

Please note that on line registration alone will not give you an automatic right to attend the course. Please read PDF for the procedure you need to follow to finalise your course choice. You can download the Registration form here.

Which level am I?

The following sample tests (1 to 4) are a reading comprehension of the final examination in each course. They should give you some ideas as to which course you will be taking.

  1. If you understand the sample test 1 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Basic Japanese 2.
  2. If you understand the sample test 2 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Intermediate Japanese 1.
  3. If you understand the sample test 3 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Intermediate Japanese 2.
  4. If you understand the sample test 4 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Advanced Japanese; Contemporary Texts (previously called Intermediate Japanese 3).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

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

  1. knowledge and understanding of intermediate Japanese grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Japanese vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Japanese structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand passages in written Japanese of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  5. the ability to produce passages in written Japanese of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Japanese and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (80%) taken in May/June and coursework (20%).

Suggested reading

  • Minna no Nihongo 2 Hadamitzky and Spahn: Kana and Kanji, to be supplemented with extra reading material