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Japanese 2 (LL225)



Entry requirements: prior knowledge of Japanese (GCSE level or Language Centre Japanese 1 or equivalent).

Main Objectives:

It offers continuity of learning for those who have completed the beginners level module and an opportunity for those with some prior knowledge to work at an appropriate level to develop their knowledge of the language.


This 30 credit module is also available for 24 credits.


3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Course Texts:

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Minna No Nihongo 2nd ver : Bk. 1 w/ Cd (2012) ISBN-13: 978-4883196036 (From Lesson 12)

Please note that students need to buy this edition.

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Additional material

Minna No Nihongo 2nd ver : Bk. 1 Translation & Grammatical Notes English ver ISBN-13: 978-4883196043

Course Description:

The module aims to develop communicative competence in familiar social and work contexts. Students will learn to carry out everyday communicative tasks including describing what they do and what they have done.

Students will also gain insights into some social manners and customs in Japan. Students will also practise reading and writing techniques and 100 kanji will be introduced. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides an introduction to Japanese grammar but also gives the students an insight into everyday life in Japan.

Learning outcomes:

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

  • General: Carry out communicative tasks with basic language proficiency in familiar social situations, using basic grammar and vocabulary.
  • Reading: Understand short texts and letters written in Hiragana, Katakana scripts and basic Kanji.
  • Writing: Produce short but coherent texts, such as letters and short stories, using some basic Kanji.
  • Speaking: Communicate orally in everyday situations and describe and explain themselves on a familiar topic.
  • Listening: Understand short everyday conversations or monologues on familiar topics, such as family, hobbies, holidays.


Communicative situations
  • Asking for permission
  • Expressing prohibition;
  • making comparisons;
  • asking for preference;
  • expressing ability or possibility;
  • expressing opinions;
  • talking about what to do in the event of an emergency etc.;
Grammatical content
  • “te forms” of verbs and adjectives;
  • “dictionary forms” of verbs;
  • modifying clauses;
  • “conditional forms” of verbs etc.

Assessment Scheme:

Interim tests (Reading and Writing) (Term 1)

1 oral examination and 1 final examination (Term 3)

Exam summary and Skills weighting: Assessment

Marking criteria (written): Marking criteria (written) Chinese/Japanese levels 1/2

Marking criteria (oral): Marking criteria (oral) Chinese/Japanese 1/2