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Japanese Beginners Accelerated (LL291)



This module is offered to students with no prior knowledge of Japanese. This module is the equivalent of Japanese 1 + Japanese 2 combined. Due to the 'accelerated' nature of the module, evidence of prior linguistic achievement (e.g. a high GCSE grade or A2 CEFR level in a foreign language) is desirable.

Main Objectives
  • to understand and communicate in familiar and routine situations, using frequently used expressions;
  • to develop strategies for language learning;
  • to work towards / achieve A2 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
  • two two-hour synchronous sessions: face-to-face on campus (4 hours altogether)

  • homework & independent study

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

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore for a 30 credit module, the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore 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%)


Katsuko Nagata, Tomoko Fujita 

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

Term 1

No textbook required.

Term 2

  • Minna no Nihongo Shokyu l Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Honsatsu (Main Textbook) ISBN-13: 978-4883196036

Course Description

The module will offer an opportunity for students to develop their communicative competence in Japanese in an intensive mode.
Successful completion of Japanese Beginners Accelerated qualifies students to progress to Japanese 3.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar
  • gain insight into everyday life in Japan
  • apply strategies for understanding gist and short descriptions
  • interact about familiar topics and activities
  • write simple texts giving background information and relating to areas of immediate need, using correct characters

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


The syllabus will include the following:


Greetings and Introductions, shopping, describing daily routine and events, describing people and places,
asking for permission, expressing prohibition, making comparison, asking for preference, expressing ability or possibility, expressing opinions, etc.


Particles (post-positions), adjectives, verbs, present and past, the te-form of verbs and adjectives, the dictionary form and the nai form of verbs, modifying clauses, etc.

Students will learn to read and write some basic Kanji (Chinese characters)

Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Written and spoken communication
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Intercultural Awareness, Digital Literacy, Teamwork

Can count towards the Warwick Award

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