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Japanese 3 (LL226)



Entry requirements: 3-5 years of prior study in Japanese, or successful completion of Japanese 2/Japanese beginners accelerated.
Students with a good grade (minimum A) in GCSE could enter this level if they are motivated.

Main Objectives:

It will offer continuity of learning for those who have completed the second level module and an opportunity for those with a reasonable amount of prior knowledge to work at an appropriate level to further develop their knowledge of the language.


This 30 credits module is also available as 24 credits.


3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks. No reading 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.

A minimum of 3 hours per week guided and structured independent learning required utilising the Open Access facilities. In addition, 4 further hours of fully independent learning are required.

Course Texts:

<Must be bought by students>

Minna No Nihongo 2nd ver : Bk. 2 w/ Cd (2013) ISBN-13: 978-4883196463

(First half of the book)

Please note that students need to buy this edition.

<We recommend this book>

Additional material

Minna No Nihongo 2nd ver : Bk. 2 Translation & Grammatical Notes English ver ISBN-13: 978-4-88319-664-7

Course Description:

This module aims to develop communicative competence further in various social and work contexts. Students will learn to express themselves reasobablly well in familiar situations to meet different purposes.Students will also gain insights into social manners and customs in Japan. An additional 140 kanji will be introduced.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • General: Carry out communicative tasks in various common social situations, expressing their views, using appropriate grammar and vocabulary.
  • Reading: Understand straight forward texts and letters / stories written with some Kanji.
  • Writing: Produce straight forward detailed descriptions on a range of common or/ and personal subjects.
  • Speaking: express feelings and opinions, express thoughts on abstract and cultural topics, and exchange information on familiar topics.
  • Listening: Understand conversations or monologues on familiar topics, such as hobbies, leisure, life style, young people in which some detailed explanations are given with some opinions.


communicative situation
  • asking advice;
  • expressing ability;
  • expressing habitual action;
  • discribing a state;
  • discribing an action done in preparation;
  • expressing of regret,embarrassment and complition;
  • expressing one' plans;
  • giving advice;
  • expressing possibility;
Grammatical content
  • potential forms of verbs;
  • intransitive verbs;
  • volitional forms of verbs;
  • imperative and prohibitive forms of verbs;
  • conditional forms of verbs;
  • passive forms of verbs;

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 3/4

Marking criteria (oral): Marking criteria (oral) levels 3/4