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Japanese 4 for language degree students (LL319)_20-21



This module is offered to final year language degree students who have completed LL2A6 Japanese 3 for LDS module.

Main Objectives:

The prime aim of this module is to enable students:

  • to understand ideas in depth and carry out communication accordingly on a range of familiar social topics
  • to work towards or achieve B1.2 of CEFR ( Common European Framework of Reference)

This module offers 30 credits.


We aim to teach in the following delivery manner.

Term 1:

  • Asynchronous pre-recorded videos (accessible through moodle, to be studied before the synchronous session)
  • 90-minute synchronous session (small group)

Term 2 and 3: TBC 

We will confirm how the module will be delivered (online, face-to-face, or combination of the two), given the circumstances at the time.


There is also a weekly culture hour (online).


Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the expected amount of study over the course of this module is 300 hours. 10 hours of study a week on average will be required including independent study.



Term 1 - interim test

Term 2 - Culture component assessment

Term 3 - one reading/writing test + one speaking test

NB: Term 1 interim test is scheduled to take place on Saturday 12 December 2020



Course Texts

The following textbook must be bought by students.

  • Minna no Nihongo Shokyu ll Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Honsatsu (Main Text) ISBN: 9784883196463

NB: Students need to buy this edition.

NB: The second half of the book will be used for this module.

The following two books are highly recommended for students to buy.

  • Minna no Nihongo Shokyu ll Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Honyaku Bunpo Kaisetsu Eigo-ban (Translation and Grammar Notes - English) ISBN: 9784883196647
  • Minna no Nihongo Shokyu II Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Shokyu de Yomeru Topikku 25 (Reading Comprehension Text) ISBN: 9784883197125

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, 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



The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative situations
  • expressing reasons and causes
  • expressing polite requests
  • expressing purposes
  • expressing politeness etc.
Grammatical contents
  • causative form of verbs
  • honorific and humble expressions etc.
  • some further Kanji (Chinese characters)