ULJA20020 - Advanced Japanese

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of ULJA20010 or JPLT N4 or equivalent Japanese ability.
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course aims to further develop reading, speaking, writing and listening skills practised in ULJA20010 or equivalent. It emphasises communication and comprehension, but also builds on the grammar base acquired in previous courses. Revision in class and assignments ensure that you keep abreast of your work and consolidate and review earlier material. Students will be expected to practice all the skills outside the classroom using the range of resources available to them in the Language Centre and materials uploaded or linked on Blackboard. 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand main points of standard speech, news, clear radio or TV programmes of personal or professional interest.
  • Understand texts and articles that consist of high frequency everyday or job related language, also the description of events, feelings in personal letters.
  • Enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are pertinent to everyday life with some fluency, and take an active part in discussion in familiar topics.
  • Present clear, reasonably detailed description on subjects of interest, and explain reasons for opinions.
  • Write essays, reports and letters, putting forward personal points of view

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2+/ B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations. 

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.


This  information may change as a result of measures taken by the University to minimise the risks posed by Covid-19.

  • Semester one: One written test (25%), one dossier (10%).
  • Semester two: One written test (25%), one aural (10%), one oral test (20%), one dossier mark (10%). 

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • Informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities
  • Formal written feedback will be given following every assessment


Nozomi Yamaguchi

Taught by

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Maximum entry


Set texts

Genki 2, Third Edition (Japan Times). ISBN-13 : 978-4789017329    If you already have Second Edition one, you can use it.

Recommended texts

Oxford Starter Japanese dictionary (ISBN: 0198601972) OR Oxford Kenkyusha Japanese Learner dictionary, and Oxford Japanese Grammar and Verbs (ISBN: 0198603827). More information at the Oxford University Press website. More advanced dictionaries and grammar books may be appropriate. Advice from tutors.


  • Further Japanese, ULJA20030.