SOAS University of London

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

Japanese 1 B

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Taught in:
Term 2

This is a basic language acquisition module for students who have already studied the Language A equivalent in the previous term, or who have equivalent knowledge. Students are therefore assumed to have some basic knowledge of the language or its script. This module develops knowledge of some of the several basic constructions of the language, enabling students to develop their skills in reading, writing, comprehension and speaking. Successful students will gain the ability to read and write simple texts, and communicate on everyday topics. Emphasis will be placed on good pronunciation and on the social and linguistic conventions of everyday conversation.

Loading the player...

Japanese 1A, 1B and 2


Successful completion of 155906026: Japanese 1A or equivalent knowledge.

Placement tests for Japanese 1B (UG 155906027) /Japanese 1B (PG 15PJKH036)

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 (Dr. Natsuko Shibata Perera for Japanese 1B), 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".

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will:

  1. Gain knowledge and understanding of commonly used grammar.
  2. Gain knowledge and understanding of vocabulary related to a range of everyday topics.
  3. Gain greater knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic structures and expressions in a given context.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to understand passages in written language on everyday topics.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to produce short passages in written language on everyday topics.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to understand spoken sentences and short passages on everyday topics.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics.


Total of 10 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Method of assessment

One two-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); an oral examination of 15 minutes in May/June (20%); a mid term test of 40 minutes duration (week 4, term 2) (20%).

Suggested reading

Core texts are all held in library, students will be informed of any necessary text books in introductory materials


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules