SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Basic Japanese 2 (Postgraduate)

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

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

  • knowledge and understanding of basic Japanese grammar (continuation from Basic Japanese I)
  • knowledge and understanding of essential Japanese vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Japanese structures and expressions in a given context
  • knowledge and understanding of kanji (approximately 200 new characters to be introduced)
  • the ability to understand short to medium length of passages in written Japanese on everyday topics
  • the ability to produce short passages in written Japanese on everyday topics
  • the ability to understand basic spoken Japanese and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  • the ability to learn Japanese autonomously through independent language-based activities (specific learning outcome for PG students)


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 3 hours of language classes per week. In addition, there will be 10 hours of seminars/tutorials over the course.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides a further introduction to Japanese language with emphasis on consolidating the basic stage of Japanese grammar. The course covers further study of the writing system whereby approximately 200 new Chinese characters to be introduced. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations.

Individual/group tutorials provided specifically for PG students introduce the students to work on a language learning portfolio and assist the students to pursue required components, such as listening/writing/translation tasks. The language learning portfolio enables the students to take the initiative to learn the language, which is one of the essential aspects of the PG language acquisition studies.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%). A ten-minute oral examination (10%). Continuous assessment (including quiz, test, assignment and class performance) (20%). A language learning portfolio (20%).


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