SOAS University of London

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

Japanese 3 (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 3 module convenor, Mrs. Miwako Kashiwagi (, Room 387).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  • knowledge and understanding of lower intermediate Japanese grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Japanese vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Japanese structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand passages in written Japanese of medium length on everyday and limited specialised topics
  • the ability to produce passages in written Japanese of medium length on everyday and limited specialised topics
  • the ability to understand spoken Japanese and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and limited specialised topics
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of the language through language-based activities and in language-based scholarship (specific learning outcome for PG students)


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

Scope and syllabus

This module provides teaching and learning of lower intermediate level Japanese language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Japanese. It covers complex points of word and sentence structure as well as textual relations in Japanese writing and discourse. There will be approximately 250 new Chinese characters to be introduced. Communicative practice and structural knowledge is established through reading and discussing a variety of Japanese texts dealing with different topics and of different length and complexity.

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%).

Suggested reading

The module will be based on:

A chosen textbook by the convenor upon discussing with other Lectors and additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules