SOAS University of London

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

Japanese 5

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
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Taught in:
Full Year
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Japanese 5 UG


155901346: Japanese 4 (or equivalent).


Please note that online registration alone will not give you an automatic right to attend the module. You are required to fill in the Registration form. You can download the Registration form here. Please submit it to Japanese 5 module convenor, Dr. Seiko Harumi (, Room 367). In order to place you in the appropriate level of language module, you are required to take a placement test on 24 September 2019, in room B103 (Brunei Gallery), 9.30am-11:00am.

Which level am I?

The following sample tests (1 to 4) are a reading comprehension of the final examination in each module. They should give you some ideas as to which module you will be taking.

  1. If you understand the sample test 1 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 2.
  2. If you understand the sample test 2 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 3.
  3. If you understand the sample test 3 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 4.
  4. If you understand the sample test 4 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 5.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

This module aims to develop higher intermediate/advanced level of competence in both productive (speaking/writing) and receptive skills (reading/ listening) in the target language. Besides the four skills mentioned above, mediation skills (translation to and from Japanese/English) will also form part of the module requirements. At the end of the module students should be able to handle authentic materials and express their opinions on the topics assigned with relative fluency and ease, and should have deepened their understanding of the Japanese society and its people.


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

This is a higher intermediate/advanced level module and will be taught in Japanese.  It follows on from Japanese 4 (intermediate level). Whereas Japanese 4 concentrates more on the development of the intermediate level of grammar and vocabulary, Japanese 5 focuses on content, and provides practice in extensive reading. Students are also expected to participate in a discussion in Japanese for each topic assigned. Resources will include authentic materials dealing with current issues in Japanese society.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (60%), one oral (5-7 minutes – 10%); two end-of-term tests (20%); regular in class tests (10%).

Suggested reading

There is no recommended reading list but students will be referred to the following materials, which will be provided by the department when necessary: 

  • Asahi shinbun ronsetsu iinkai , Tensei jingo, Asahi shinbun sha M.Kaya and A Tsuda (1994), 
  • Nihon o kangaeru itsutsu no kadai, Suri e nettowaku, H.Ito, Y.Mimaki etc. (1990), 
  • Asahishinbun de nihon o yomu, Kuroshio shuppan M.Kaya (1998), 
  • Nihonshakai Tanken, Suri e nettowaku, S.Anodo tec, Topikku ni yoru nihongo sougo enshu, Suri e nettowaku, 
  • Akira Miura & Yasuko Ito Watt (2001), Nihon o shirou: People who played important roles in Japan's Modernization. ALC
Reference books (grammar) 
  • Makino, S. and M, Tsutsui(1995), A dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar
  • The Japan Times Kanji Dictionary


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