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Japanese 3 (LL226)



This module is offered to students who have successfully completed LL225 Japanese 2 module / LL291 Japanese Accelerated Beginners or those with good equivalent working knowledge of Japanese.

Main Objectives
  • To understand and produce language on familiar topics or topics of personal interest
  • To work towards or achieve A2.2 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference)

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS

Teaching and Learning

Weekly blended sessions for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • asynchronous pre-recorded video(s): accessible through Moodle, to be studied before each synchronous session
  • a two-hour synchronous session: face-to-face on campus

  • homework & independent study

If health & safety restrictions are required, teaching may move online. 

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore as a 30 credit module, the minimum expected amount of study over the course is 300 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.


Term 1: one interim test (10%)

Term 3: one reading/writing test (50%) + one speaking test (40%)


Rui Lee 

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

  • Minna no Nihongo Shokyu ll Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Honsatsu (Main Textbook) ISBN-13: 978-4883196463

Course Description

This module will give students the chance to learn and reinforce the basics of Japanese language. It will offer an opportunity for students to improve their communicative competence in Japanese and gain further insights into Japan and its culture.
Successful completion of Japanese 3 qualifies students to progress to Japanese 4.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • Understand texts on topics that are familiar or of personal interest
  • Engage in oral communication describing situations with relevant details
  • Provide reasons and evidence when giving opinions on familiar topics
  • Produce text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest, using correct characters

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2.2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) or close to that level.


The syllabus will include the following:

  • asking for and giving advice
  • expressing ability and possibility
  • describing future plans and intentions
  • expressing of regret, embarrassment or completion of action etc.
  • Potential forms of verbs
  • Intransitive verbs
  • Volitional forms of verbs
  • Imperative and prohibitive forms of verbs
  • Conditional forms of verbs
  • Passive forms of verbs etc.

Students will also learn to read and write140 further Kanji.

Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Strategies to communicate both in writing and orally in Japanese
  • Intercultural Awareness, Digital Literacy, Teamwork

Can count towards the Warwick Award

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