Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Japanese 4 for language degree students (LL319)



This module is offered to language degree students who have successfully completed Japanese 3 for Language Degree students (LL2A6).

Main Objectives
  • to understand ideas in depth and carry out communication accordingly on a range of familiar social topics
  • to work towards or achieve B1+ of the CEFR ( Common European Framework of Reference)


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

  • a one-hour culture synchronous session: online in Microsoft Teams (17 sessions)
  • support hour: online in Microsoft Teams
  • 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: portfolio (10%)

Term 2: culture component assessment (15%)

Term 3: one reading/writing test (40%) + one speaking test (35%)


Tomoko Fujita, Katsuko Nagata

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

  • Minna no Nihongo Shokyu ll Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Honsatsu (Main Textbook) ISBN-13: 973-4883196463

Course Description

In this module students will strengthen their reading and writing skills, and reinforce their communicative skills acquired during previous study of the Japanese language. Students also will gain further insights into Japan and its culture.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should become able to:

  • Apply knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • Understand the main ideas and details of reasonably complex texts on a range on a range of social topics
  • Engage in oral communication, describing with details and expressing opinions with justification on a range of social topics, with fluency
  • Write a clear, detailed text on a range of social topics explaining viewpoints objectively with appropriate register, where necessary, using correct characters
  • Critically evaluate sources relating to culture and engage where appropriate with scholarly debates
  • Conduct and present independent research into Japanese culture

By the end of the course, students should become able to perform at B1+ level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) or close to that level.


The syllabus will include the following:

  • expressing reasons and causes
  • expressing polite requests
  • expressing purposes
  • expressing politeness etc.
  • the causative form of verbs
  • honorific and humble expressions etc.

Students will also learn reading and writing of 160 further Kanji

In addition, the module will have a culture component focussing on further aspects of the Japanese culture to enhance students' understanding as well as to engage in academic debate.

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

Can count towards the Warwick Award

Link opens in a new window