SOAS University of London

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

Japanese 5 (PG)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

The module is designed to bridge two existing modules Japanese 4 and J400: Advanced Japanese.  It will be taught in Japanese. Whereas Japanese 4 concentrates more on the development of the intermediate level of grammar and vocabulary, Japanese 5 focuses on content, and provides practice in extensive reading. Students are also expected to participate in a discussion in Japanese for each topic assigned. Resources will include authentic materials dealing with current issues in Japanese society.

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Japanese 5 PG


Japanese 4 (PG) language level or equivalent


Please note that online registration alone will not give you an automatic right to attend the module. You are required to fill the Registration form. You can download the Registration form here. Please submit it to Japanese 1 module convenor, Dr. Seiko Harumi (, Room 367). In order to place you in the appropriate level of language module, you are required to take a placement test on 24 September 2019, in room B103 (Brunei Gallery), 9.30am-11:00pm.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  • knowledge and understanding of higher 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 to increased 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 increased 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)


Total of 20 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour seminar.

Method of assessment

One two-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); an academic learning diary of 2000 Japanese characters (20%); two 15 minute oral presentations (20%); a grammar and writing test in term 1 (10%).

Suggested reading

The module will be based on

  • Extracts from near authentic to authentic materials and additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.

Additional Japanese References:

Japanese Learning Resources:

  • M.kaya and A Tsuda (1994),  Nihon o kangaeru itsutsu no kadai, Suri e nettowaku,  
  • H.Ito, Y.Mimaki etc. (1990), Asahishinbun de nihon o yomu, Kuroshio shuppan
  • M.Kaya (1998), Nihonshakai Tanken, Suri e nettowaku,  
  • S.Anodo tec, Topikku ni yoru nihongo sougo enshu, Suri e nettowaku,  
  • Newspapers (Asahi shinbun, Mainichi shinbun, Yomiuri shinbun)
  • Makino, S. and M, Tsutsui(1995), A dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar, The Japan Times

Kanji Dictionary

  • J.Halpern (1990), Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, The Kodansha


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules