SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Higher Advanced Japanese (Masters)

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2016/2017
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Taught in:
Full Year
This course further develops and consolidates the listening, speaking and writing skills which the students have acquired so far. It focuses on current affairs such as environmental issues, and globalization. It aims to prepare the student to use the language actively in the society. Such exercises as note-taking, summarising, and public speaking will be conducted to develop the language skills. Students will write an essay in Japanese of 6,000 characters and present it to the class.


Higher intermediate level Japanese or equivalent level.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

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

  • communicate fluently and appropriately in Japanese;
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the structures, registers, etc of Japanese;
  • demonstrate a broad knowledge and, using appropriate methodologies, a critical understanding of the cultures and societies of Japan.

Also as a generic skills, the student should be able to:

  • communicate information, ideas and arguments cogently and coherently both orally and in writing;
  • gather, process and evaluate critically information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources;
  • be an effective and self-aware independent learner.


Combination of interactive classroom and tutorials to a total of three hours per week. In addition, there are some separate sessions for MA students only.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination including aural taken in May/June (60%); an oral presentation (term 2) of an essay in Japanese of 6,000 characters to be submitted on day 1, term 3 (20%); continuous assessment (20%).


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