Intermediate Japanese 2 (Postgraduate)
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Please note that online registration alone will not give you an automatic right to attend the course.
If you have any previous knowledge of Japanese language (including private tuition and self-study), you are required to take a placement test that will take place during the Welcome Week, Wednesday 28th September 2016 between 11:00-12:30 at B102. The test includes the following: reading comprehension, Japanese to English translation and a short composition
You must download and complete the Registration form here to bring to the test. For further enquiries about registration, please contact Misako Kanehisa (firstname.lastname@example.org).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…
- knowledge and understanding of upper 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 some specialised topics
- the ability to produce passages in written Japanese of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
- the ability to understand spoken Japanese and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics
- knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Japanese in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (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 upper 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. Communicative practice and structural knowledge are 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%).
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.