ULJA20110 - Pre-intermediate Japanese

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: GCSE grade C or lower or, if taken over 3 years ago,  grade A*, A or B, or equivalent, or JLPT N5. Successful completion of ULJA10010 - Beginners' Japanese.
  • Co-requisiteIf 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 (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course is designed for students who already have some knowledge of the Japanese language, but who lack a basic understanding of the grammar system. It is also designed to meet the need of students who have completed a Beginners' course in Japanese but who do not feel confident enough about their communicative skills to proceed directly to Intermediate Level. 

Learning outcomes

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

  • Read Japanese texts containing high frequency lexis and basic structures
  • Understand basic conversations or understand the gist of more complex conversations dealing with familiar topics
  • Talk on familiar and simple topics with reasonable fluency
  • Communicate in routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • Write a short text or letter about familiar subjects

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1+/A2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

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

  • Active listening skills
  • Skimming and scanning skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to extract and process information textual information
  • Intercultural competence

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.


Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. 
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. 

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

20 per group

Set texts 

Minna No Nihongo Elementary Japanese 1 (Second Edition): Translation and Grammar Notes  ISBN-13: 978-488319-604-3

Recommended text



ULJA 20010 - 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.