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Undergraduate Course: Intermediate Japanese Language (ASST08048)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is a continuation of Japanese 2A / Japanese Language 2. It enables students to develop further in speaking, listening, reading and writing to Japanese Language Proficiency Test N3 or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages B1/2.

This course is intended primarily for students taking Japanese honours and priority will be given to those students when spaces are limited.

This course is not available to native or near-native speakers of Japanese, or complete beginners. If in doubt, contact the Course Organiser.

All students will be given a formative feedback exercise that will be helpful for the assessment for this course and students' general academic development.

A placement test and questionnaire on students' background in Japanese language studies will be conducted in the first class.
Course description Course Outline:

Intermediate Japanese Language will continue to cover all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and will help students expand their socio-cultural knowledge for various types of communication. The students will master those language skills at the mid-intermediate level through a variety of class activities, including reading longer texts and/or authentic texts relating to Japanese culture and society including authentic texts and class activities. The course will also help students solidify the grammar, vocabulary and kanji knowledge they learned at the beginner level.
The class will focus on more academic types of activities (e.g. reading followed by discussions, group presentations, writing short essays etc, all in Japanese) than Japanese Language 2, along with daily casual conversations related to relevant topics of Japanese culture and society.

Learning Experience:

Intermediate Japanese Language is taught in one class to cover all aspects of language learning, with the main textbook and the workbooks. These class is expected to be supplemented by individual study.

There will be class tests and quizzes throughout the year, as well as oral presentations and composition assignments. Formative feedback to support your learning will be given orally in class or in written form within 15 working days. You are also expected to do a set of group work with peer feedback element.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Japanese 2A (ASST08006) OR Japanese Language 2 (ASST08047)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Japanese 1 (ASST08002) OR Japanese Language 1 (ASST08046)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs Textbooks (approximate costs: Tobira, Gate Way to Advanced Japanese: £42.99; Tobira Grammar Workbook: £28.50; Tobira Kanji Workbook: £28.50.)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
  2. interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  3. produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Reading List

1) TOBIRA Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia
Authors: Mayumi Oka, Michio Tsutsui, Junko Kondo, Shoko Emori, Yoshiro Hanai, Satoru Ishikawa
Publisher: Kuroshio Publishers, ISBN: 978-4-87424-447-0 C0081, 13/07/2009.

2) Power Up Your Kanji- 800 Basic Kanji as a Gateway to Advanced Japanese (TOBIRA Gateway to Advanced Japanese series)
Authors: Mayumi Ota, Satoru Ishikawa, Junko Kondo, Michio Tsutsui, Yoshiro Hanai
Publisher: Kuroshio Publishers, ISBN: 978-4-87424-487-6 C0081, 11/08/2010.

3) Tobira, Gateway To Advanced Japanese : Grammar Power Exercises for Mastery(TOBIRA Gateway to Advanced Japanese series)
Authors: Shoko Emori, Yoshiro Hanai, Satoru Ishikawa
Publisher: Kurosio Shuppan. ISBN: 9784874245705, 2012.

Useful textbooks for kanji for self study:

1. Kanji Look And Learn Textbook:
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Chikako Shinagawa, Kaori Tajima, Kyoko Tokashiki
ISBN: 9784789013499, Publisher: Japan Times Published: May 2009.

2. Kanji Look And Learn Workbook
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Chikako Shinagawa, Kaori Tajima, Kyoko Tokashiki
ISBN: 9784789013505, Publisher: Japan Times Published: June 2009.

3. Intermediate Kanji Book VOL.1 (Rev. 3rd Ed.)
Authors: Chieko Kao et al.
Publisher: Bonjinsha
ISBN-10: 4893588109
ISBN-13: 978-4893588104


1. The Japan Foundation Basic Japanese-English Dictionary (Tokyo/Oxford: Bonjinsha & Oxford U.P., 1986)

2. Kenkyusha¿s New Japanese-English and English-Japanese Dictionaries

3. Haig, John W. ed., The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary, based on the classical edition by Andrew N Nelson (Tokyo: Tuttle 1997)

4. Hadamitzy, Wolfgang and Mark Spahn eds., Japanese Character Dictionary with compound lookup via any kanji (Boston: Cheng and Tsui 1991)
Additional Information
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Course organiserMs Fumiko Narumi-Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 6971
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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