SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

J200: Intermediate Japanese

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 2
Taught in:
Full Year

This module follows the J100: Elementary Japanese module and will develop further the language competence in preparation for the study abroad in Japan in Year 3. 

The module introduces further grammatical basics of Japanese, through a combination of skills based classes, including the use of audio-visual materials and VLE. At the end of the second year, students have all the tools necessary to progress to the guided reading of literary and non-literary text, and are equipped with confidence to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity. By the end of the year student should have knowledge of around 950 Chinese characters.


Placement test

If you have a good prior knowledge of Japanese and are interested in taking J200: Intermediate Japanese, please complete a language placement test (click here) and return it to the module convenor, Kaori Taniguchi ( with the registration form (click here) by 30th September, 2020.

Please note that those who took J100: Elementary Japanese during 2019-20 do not have to take this test.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  1. knowledge and understanding of intermediate Japanese grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Japanese vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Japanese structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand and to produce passages written in Japanese of medium length on everyday and some specialized topics
  5. the ability to understand spoken Japanese and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday and some specialized topics
  6. the ability to translate from and to Japanese of medium length with use of appropriate language on everyday and some specialized topics


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 8 hours classroom contact per week. Weekly classes are divided into 2 hours of grammar, 2 hours of practical (listening and speaking), 1 hour each of reading, writing, translation, quiz classes. The classes are taught by a team of teachers from the Japan Section.

Method of assessment

One two-hour written exam (30%), one three-hour written exam (40%) taken in May/June. Continuous assessment throughout the year (30%).

Suggested reading

The reading list for this module will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the module.


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