SOAS University of London

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

J201: Japanese Readings

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 2
Taught in:
Term 2


Students must have passed all first year language modules. Second year entry students will have to qualify at a similar standard.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The module is designed as a complement to the rest of the core language programme providing extensive practice specifically in reading skills. It will provide additional practice of linguistic structures and also an initial training in the reading of relatively naturalistic texts. Students will be encouraged to appreciate not only structural, but also stylistic and cultural issue of translation.  The module aims at bridging the beginners' level and the advanced level where independent use of authentic texts is expected.  

At the end of the module students should be able to . . . 

  • tackle simple authentic readings
  • use acquired strategies for working independently on Japanese written texts


Total of 10 weeks teaching in term 2 and 1 week revision in term 3, with 2 hours per week classroom contact.

Scope and syllabus

The syllabus will comprise of a number of structured readings dealing with up-to-date topics in modern Japanese society. English readings will be recommended on the topics whenever possible to build additional background knowledge.

Method of assessment

One two-hour written paper taken in May/June  (80%); continuous assessment consisting of homework assignments (10%) and a mid-term test (10%).

Suggested reading

Readings in English will be recommended on an occasional basis, in relation to the specific topics dealt with in Japanese.


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