Japanese 2

Key information

Start date
End date
Module code
FHEQ Level

Module overview

In this module students will learn to communicate in relatively simple tasks that require a direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters in both everyday and college contexts. You also practice in describing aspects of their background and matters in areas of your immediate need and academic interests. The introduction of some aspects of Japanese customs and cultures encourages students to learn different perspectives and reflect on intercultural understanding.


155906027 Japanese 1B or equivalent.


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 2 module convenor, Dr Seiko Harumi ( sh96@soas.ac.uk )

Placement test:
1) If you think that this module is the most suitable for you, please take the placement test ( click here ).
2) Please take only one test at a time. If you find it too easy, take a higher-level test by visiting the relevant website. If it is too difficult, take a lower-level test via the relevant website.
3) Submit the relevant test and the registration form to the module convenor, Dr. Seiko Harumi (sh96@soas.ac.uk) via email by 30 September, 2020. Please only send the most suitable test rather than sending all the tests you have taken.

Which level am I?

The following sample tests (1 to 3) are a reading comprehension of the final examination in each module. They should give you some ideas as to which module you will be taking.

  1. If you understand the sample test 1 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 2.
  2. If you understand the sample test 2 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 3.
  3. If you understand the sample test 3 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 4.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. comprehend the main point in short, clear and simple messages and announcements;
  2. read relatively simple texts to find specific, predictable information in everyday materials, such as advertisements, prospectuses, timetables, emails and news headlines, as well as short descriptions of your academic interests
  3. participate in social exchanges with some help from others to keep the conversation going
  4. describe in simple terms your life as a student, and other people’s daily life and work
  5. write short notes, emails, and messages relating to matters of immediate needs, events, activities, and experiences
  6. learn the customs and cultures of Japan to appreciate both Japanese and their own cultures.


Total of 20 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week in a 2 hour tutorial and 1 hour tutorial.

Scope and syllabus


  • talking about holidays
  • declining invitations
  • talking about presents
  • describing future plans
  • expressing regrets and disappointment

Method of assessment

One two-hour written exam taken in May/June (50%); portfolio (30%); term-end test (10%); oral test (10%).

Suggested reading

1. Genki Vol. I (3rd edition) Textbook and Workbook. The Japan times.
2. Genki Vol. II (3rd edition) Textbook and Workbook. The Japan times.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules