SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG)

Module Code:
15PJKC011
Credits:
30
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Procedure

Please note that online registration alone will not give you an automatic right to attend the course.

If you have any previous knowledge of Japanese language (including private tuition and self-study), you are required to take a placement test that will take place during the Welcome Week, Wednesday 28th September 2016 between 11:00-12:30 at B102. The test includes the following: reading comprehension, Japanese to English translation and a short composition

You must download and complete the Registration form to bring to the test. For further enquiries about registration, please contact Misako Kanehisa (mk7@soas.ac.uk).

Which level am I?

The following sample tests (1 to 4) are a reading comprehension of the final examination in each course. They should give you some ideas as to which course you will be taking. 

  1. If you understand the sample test 1 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Basic Japanese 2.
  2. If you understand the sample test 2 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Intermediate Japanese 1.
  3. If you understand the sample test 3 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Intermediate Japanese 2.
  4. If you understand the sample test 4 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Advanced Japanese; Contemporary Texts (previously called Intermediate Japanese 3).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  • knowledge and understanding of upper 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 some specialised topics
  • the ability to produce passages in written Japanese of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  • the ability to understand spoken Japanese and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Japanese in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

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

Scope and syllabus

The module provides teaching and learning of upper 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. Communicative practice and structural knowledge are 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 to be submitted every 5 weeks (20%); a 10 minute oral presentation (10%); continuous assessment (20%).

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.

Disclaimer

Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules