Japanese 3

Key information

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Year of study
Module code
FHEQ Level

Module overview

The objective of this module is to prepare students to understand the main points on familiar matters regularly encountered in contexts such as university, leisure, etc. It builds on knowledge gained in the early beginners’ level, developing further students’ understanding of some aspects of Japanese customs and cultures and encouraging them to reflect on intercultural understanding.


Japanese 2 (155900875) 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 (PDF). Please submit it to Japanese 3 module convenor, Kaori Taniguchi (email: kt16@soas.ac.uk, Room 387).

Placement test for Japanese 3

  1. If you think that this module is the most suitable for you, please take the placement test (PDF).
  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 to the module convenor, Kaori Taniguchi by 30 September via email when completed. 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 4) 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 (PDF) with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 2.
  2. If you understand the sample test 2 (PDF) with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 3.
  3. If you understand the sample test 3 (PDF) with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 4.
  4. If you understand the sample test 4 (PDF) with relative ease you will be ready to attend Japanese 5.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  1. comprehend the main points of announcements or conversations about familiar topics, provided speech is clearly and slowly articulated.
  2. understand the main points of short to medium length texts written using relatively easy Japanese. This includes straightforward personal emails and online-postings of their interest.
  3. sustain a straightforward conversation on subjects within their field of interest, presenting it as a linear sequence of points.
  4. enter unprepared into conversations on familiar topics, express personal opinions and exchange information on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life.
  5. write short but structured texts on familiar subjects for example, personal e-mails, essays etc.


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

Scope and syllabus

  • Asking for directions
  • Asking for permission
  • Apologising politely
    (These topics are for guidance only)

Method of assessment

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


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules