SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

J1: Accelerated Elementary Japanese

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Year 1
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Full Year

This course is taught over three terms, and aims to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Japanese script is used from the start. 

It aims to develop an all round foundation of Japanese language for those students who have fair knowledge of Japanese.


Evidence of prior knowledge of Japanese. There will be a placement test at the beginning of the year.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The course aims to develop a solid elementary level of competence in both productive (speaking/writing) and receptive skills (reading/ listening) in Japanese. Besides the four skills mentioned above, acquiring mediation skills (translation to and from Japanese/English) and some knowledge of cultural issues in relation to uses of the language also form part of the course requirements. At the end of the course, students should be able to handle basic materials in Japanese and produce fundamental Japanese.


Teaching is by a combination of interactive classroom sessions, language laboratory, reading, writing and speech-work sessions, to a total of 7 hours per week.

Method of assessment

The course is assessed by a combination of two two-hour written examinations (58%) and a one-hour practical examination (12%) taken in May/June. Continuous assessments of assignments, quizzes and tests throughout the terms (30%).

Suggested reading

The reading list for this course will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the course.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules