ULJA10022 - Introduction to Japanese

  • Credits: 10
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Japanese before.
  • 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: Semester 2
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This unit will be running in semester 2 of 2020/21, and more information about its content will be available shortly.  If you are interested in enrolling for this unit, please contact: andres.lozoya@manchester.ac.uk to register your interest and we will email you when it is open for enrolment.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have acquired the ability to:

  1. Handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Japanese;
  2. Communicate orally in a limited number of social contexts; 
  3. Perform at Level A1 (Speaking and Listening) of the Common European Framework.

At the end of the course students will have developed their:

  • Pair and team work
  • Focussed listening
  • Ability to deliver informal presentations
  • Language awareness
  • Cultural appreciation

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. 


To be announced.

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

16 per group

Set texts 

Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1: Coursebook for communicative language activities - Basic Conversation (ISBN : 978-4-384-05752-2), Publisher: Sanshusha

Recommended text



Following this course, with additional study and/or a short period of time in Japan over the summer period, students may progress to ULJA20110 - Pre-Intermediate Japanese.


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.