SOAS University of London

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

Japanese 4

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year



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. moderate competence in the target language
  2. the ability to understand, express and communicate using the target language in most situations related to topics which are familiar, or of personal interest
  3. using near-authentic materials to enable  interaction with real Japanese situations
  4. 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 objective of the module is to attain the intermediate level of the target language by:

  • consolidating the linguistic knowledge of Japanese 3

The module will include

  • approximately 1000 Chinese characters in total
  • linguistic knowledge of intermediate level
  • listening, speaking, writing, reading and translating skills

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (60%); oral examination (10%); end of term 1 test (20%); short speeches in term 1 and term 2 (10%).


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules