SOAS University of London

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

Japanese Language Learning and Teaching

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2017/2018
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The course is designed to train students already working or planning to work with language to improve their awareness of linguistic problems with specific reference to the teaching and learning of a foreign language. At the end of the course students are expected to be able to orient themselves in the relevant literature and undertake independent research on a topic of their choice.


A total of 22 weeks teaching with a 2 hour lecture,  2 hours of seminars and a half hour tutorial per week.

Scope and syllabus

The lecture part of the course introduces the students to theoretical issues in the field of Japanese Applied Linguistics and more specifically Second Language Acquisition.  The following topics are addressed through the year in one or more sessions depending on the topic: 

  1. Distinction between "Kokugo" and "Nihongo" studies (i.e. teaching of Japanese as L1 or L2)
  2. Japanese Interlanguage – the acquisition of linguistic forms
  3. Pragmatics in Japanese as an L2
  4. Teaching Methods and their application to Japanese
  5. Curriculum, Syllabus
  6. Japanese Textbooks and other teaching materials
  7. Learning activities (drills and tasks in Japanese)
  8. Skill formation and training (using Japanese in speaking, listening, writing and reading).

The practical sessions are more strictly directed at specific aspects of classroom management (such as teaching plans or mixed ability class management) or localised learning problems (such as pronunciation or vocabulary) and relative teaching techniques..

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%) and coursework of two essays of 2,500 words due on day 1, week 1, term 2 and day 1, week 1, term 3 (10% each) and teaching practice in term 2 (20%).

Suggested reading

A reading list for this course will be given to students at the beginning of the course.


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