J100: Elementary Japanese
- Module Code:
- FHEQ Level:
- Year of study:
- Year 1
- Taught in:
- Full Year
This module 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 module requirements. At the end of the module, students should be able to handle basic materials in Japanese. This module is only available to students on BA Japanese and BA Japanese and another subject degrees. It is not available as an open option.
No prior knowledge of Japanese was required when you applied to SOAS. However, from the first day of the teaching term, you will need to be able to read and write the hiragana and katakana scripts. You will be given guidance about using and writing Japanese scripts in class, but memorizing hiragana and katakana before you arrive at SOAS will give your studies a great boost. Even if you have some previous knowledge of written Japanese, please revise and consolidate your knowledge before you arrive. Please click the '2019 Welcome Letter' link on the right hand side on this page for more information.
Registration for all first year students and Placement test:
Between 11am and 13:30pm on Monday 23rd September: Please come to B103 (1st floor of the Brunei Gallery) (BA Japanese) for Japanese language registration and placement test.
If you have prior knowledge of Japanese, you should attend a language placement test scheduled below:
Monday 23 September 11:00-13:30 in room B103 (1st floor, Brunei Gallery)
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module a student will be expected to have:
- knowledge and understanding of elementary Japanese grammar
- knowledge and understanding of a basic range of Japanese vocabulary
- knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a limited range of Japanese structures and expressions in a given context
- the ability to understand and to produce passages written in Japanese of short length on everyday situations
- the ability to understand spoken Japanese and to engage in basic spoken discourse on everyday situations
- the ability to translate from and to Japanese of short length with use of appropriate language on everyday situations
Total of 22 weeks teaching with 10 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
This module is designed for students who have no or limited knowledge of Japanese language. It is an integrated introduction to modern Japanese which aims to develop basic speaking, listening, reading, writing and mediation (translation to and from Japanese/English) skills.
The module covers two to three chapters per week from the textbook 'Minna no Nihongo'.
Method of assessment
Two three-hour written examinations taken in May/June (35% each); continuous assessment including regular tests and assignments (10%); two review tests (10%); listening and orals tasks (10%).
For BA Japanese, we will be using the following two textbooks in class from Term 1 Week 1, so please purchase them in advance before the course begins:
1. Minnano Nihongo Shokyu Vol.1 Textbook with CD (2nd edition).
2. Minnano Nihongo Shokyu Vol.1 Translation & Grammatical notes.(2nd edition).
Textbooks can be purchased from the website of JP Books in London: