SOAS University of London

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

Japanese 4

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

 In this module students will learn how to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of contexts, styles, and modes. On completion of this module students should be able to communicate in both concrete and abstract topics, including unfamiliar ones, using complex oral and written texts. Students should be able to explain their points of view, analysing relatively familiar topics from different perspectives. At the end of this module, students are expected to reach the proficiency level equivalent to B2 of CEFR.


155901345: Japanese  3 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 4 module convenor, Dr. Natusko Shibata Perera (, Room 387.

Placement tests for Japanese 4 (UG 155901346) /Japanese 4 (PG 15PJKC011)

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 it is too difficult, take a lower-level test via the relevant website.

3) Submit the relevant test to the module convenor (Dr. Natsuko Shibata Perera for Japanese 4) by 30 September via email when completed. Please only send the most suitable test rather than sending all the tests you have taken. 

4) The subject of the email must be "Placement test for Japanese".

Which level am I?

The following sample tests  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.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. understand daily conversations amongst other speakers of Japanese in person and on video;
  2. can communicate with confidence in a complicated or difficult situation where negotiation is needed
  3. present facts and opinions if the topic is familiar enough, answering questions spontaneously
  4. read relatively long stories, statistical data, short articles and so on to collect necessary information for the studies and work
  5. write a short essay or report, organising and analysing various information, with opinions and reasons in a clear and coherent manner, so that they can not only participate in the Japanese-speaking community but also appreciate diversity and mutual understanding


Total of 20 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week in a 2 hour tutorial and 1 hour tutorial.

Scope and syllabus

Topic/project-based syllabus

Topics may include

  • Japanese cultural, linguistic, social facts and/or issues

Under each topic, the basic syllabus is as follows:

  • Listen, watch, and/or read oral/written/visual texts;
  • Engage in discussion and performing to complete the tasks that focus on the topic contents and language;
  • Prepare and carry out the projects and present the outcomes orally and/or in short written report.

Method of assessment

One two-hour written examination (50%); oral presentation (10%); end of term test (10%); portfolio (30%).


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules