ULJA20010 - Intermediate Japanese

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of ULJA20110 - Pre-intermediate Japanese, or ULJA10010 if mark is 75% or above, or JLPT N5, or a good pass GCSE (A*, A or B), if taken within the last 3 years, 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 builds on ULJA10010or equivalent and aims to develop the students' ability to interact in Japanese in various contexts and in various styles. This is achieved through individual, pair and group work and self-access listening and reading materials, including web-based materials. Students will also be required to complete a dossier of independent work.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters; and understand the main points of short, clear radio or TV programmes which deal with current affairs or topics of personal interest
  2. Understand texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or job-related language
  3. Intervene in a conversation if it deals with familiar topics
  4. Express, in brief oral exchanges, an opinion or ambition and to give short explanations for these; explain, briefly, a succession of events or to give information of an event
  5. Write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 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.


  • 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 of the 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

20 per group

Set texts

Genki 1, Third Edition (Japan Times). ISBN-13 : 978-4789017305 in semester 1; Genki 2, Third Edition (Japan Times). ISBN-13 : 978-4789017329 in semester 2.

If you already have Second Edition ones, you can use them.

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.



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.