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-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Japanese
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • 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. In exceptional cases, beginners may be accepted on to the course if they can read and write Chinese characters. Please contact the course tutor to enquire about this.

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

Three hours of class contact per week. In order to develop their communicative skills, students will engage in pair work and group work activities, and will have the opportunity to listen to and read a range of adapted semi-authentic texts. Traditional exercises and written work will be used for grammar practice and consolidation. Language of teaching: English and Japanese.


Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Assessment will normally take place during week 12.
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. . Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 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

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Maximum entry

22 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.