SOAS University of London

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

Japanese 2 (PG)

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Full Year



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 1 module convenor, Dr. Hitoshi Shiraki (, Room 473).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  • knowledge and understanding of basic Japanese grammar (continuation from Basic Japanese I)
  • knowledge and understanding of essential Japanese vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Japanese structures and expressions in a given context
  • knowledge and understanding of kanji (approximately 200 new characters to be introduced)
  • the ability to understand short to medium length of passages in written Japanese on everyday topics
  • the ability to produce short passages in written Japanese on everyday topics
  • the ability to understand basic spoken Japanese and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  • the ability to learn Japanese autonomously through independent language-based activities (specific learning outcome for PG students)


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

Scope and syllabus

The module provides a further introduction to Japanese language with emphasis on consolidating the basic stage of Japanese grammar. It covers further study of the writing system whereby approximately 200 new Chinese characters to be introduced. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%), a learning diary consisting of 4 written pieces of approximately 400 characters each to be submitted on day 5, week 11, term 2 (20%); a 10 minute oral presentation (10%); continuous assessment consisting of homework assignments (3%); regular tests (6%) review tests (8%) and presentations (3%).


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