ULJA20030 Further Japanese

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: ULJA20020 or A-level Japanese or JLPT N2.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Japanese
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course aims to further develop linguistic skills in the language for those who have either obtained an A-level or who have successfully completed ULJA20020. It lays emphasis on developing spoken fluency, writing styles and techniques, high standards of grammatical accuracy, and the contextual understanding of Japanese current affairs. Students will be expected to practise all skills outside the classroom, and to develop an autonomous approach to language learning, using the resources of the Language Centre and, where possible, the Face to Face scheme (enquire at the Language Centre library reception).

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Start to understand extended speech, lectures, films and TV programmes without too much effort
  2. Start to engage with extended texts written for native speakers
  3. Interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussion
  4. Give a presentation on a reasonably complex subject
  5. Write letters, reports and essays in a clear and well structured way, tailoring the style appropriately.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B2+ of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

By the end of the course, students will have developed: information handling and IT skills; cultural appreciation; language awareness; discussion skills; formal presentation skills.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, three hours per week.


  • Semester one: One written test (25%) which will normally take place during week 12, one dossier (10%), to be submitted in week 12.
  • Semester two: One written test (25%), one aural (10%), one oral test (20%), one dossier mark (10%). Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); dossier is to be submitted in the week before Easter as well; oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 11 and 12.

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.


Sandra Torres

Taught by

Mikiko Inoue

Maximum entry


Set texts

Kyukyu e iko 中級へ行こう, Three A Network, ISBN: 9784883197286.

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Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.