SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Intermediate Japanese 1 (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 lower intermediate Japanese grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Japanese vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Japanese structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand passages in written Japanese of medium length on everyday and limited specialised topics
  • the ability to produce passages in written Japanese of medium length on everyday and limited specialised topics
  • the ability to understand spoken Japanese and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and limited specialised topics
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of the language through language-based activities and in language-based scholarship (specific learning outcome for PG students)


A total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.  10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS. Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides teaching and learning of lower intermediate level Japanese language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Japanese. The course covers complex points of word and sentence structure as well as textual relations in Japanese writing and discourse. There will be approximately 250 new Chinese characters to be introduced. Communicative practice and structural knowledge is established through reading and discussing a variety of Japanese texts dealing with different topics and of different length and complexity.
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 relating to their academic skills and scholarly interests. 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 paper taken in May/June (50%). A ten-minute oral examination (10%). Continuous assessment (including quiz, test, assignment, and class performance) (20%). Language learning portfolio (20%)

Suggested reading

The course will be based on:

A chosen textbook by the convenor upon discussing with other Lectors and additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.


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