SOAS University of London

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

Japanese 3

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Full Year


155900875: Japanese 2 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 3 module convenor, Kaori Taniguchi (, Room 387).

Placement test for Japanese 3

1) If you think that this module is the most suitable for you, please take the placement test (click here).

2)  Please take only one test at a time. If you find it too easy, take a higher-level test by visiting the relevant website. If it is too difficult, take a lower-level test via the relevant website.

3) Submit the relevant test to the module convenor, Kaori Taniguchi by 30 September via email when completed. Please only send the most suitable test rather than sending all the tests you have taken.

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 4with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 5.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The objective of the module is to attain the lower intermediate level of the target language by

  • consolidating the linguistic knowledge of the basic level
  • preparing for the next level, Japanese 4, where near-authentic materials are used

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

  • moderate competence in the target language
  • the ability to understand, express and communicate using the target language in limited situations related to topics which are familiar, or of personal interest. 
  • an intercultural awareness and knowledge of cultural background to enable him/her to engage in appropriate manner.


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

Scope and syllabus

The module will include

  • approximately 700 Chinese characters in total
  • linguistic knowledge of lower intermediate level
  • listening, speaking, writing, reading and translating skills

Method of assessment

One three-hour written exam taken in May/June (60%); continuous assessment consisting of   homework assignments (15%); regular tests (10%); two review tests (10%); presentation (5%).


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules