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Undergraduate Course: Japanese 2A (ASST08006)

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
SummaryA continuation of Japanese 1. Teaching will be aimed at enabling students to speak, read and write Modern Japanese at an upper-elementary / intermediate level.

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

First meeting: Week 1, Monday (16th September), 11:10 - 12:00, @ David Hume Tower 4.01. Placement test and questionnaire for your background of Japanese language studies will be conducted in the first class.

All students will be given a formative feedback exercise that will be helpful for the assessment for this course and students' general academic development.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Japanese 1 (ASST08002)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs textbooks (approximate costs: Genki 2 textbook: £45.50; Genki 2 workbook: £20.50; Kanji Look and Learn textbook: £23.50; Kanji Look and Learn workbook: £15.50 @JP Books before a student discount applied).
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. Aimed overall proficiency level is Intermediate (low).
  2. Speaking: able to handle a variety of straightforward communicative tasks in daily social situations.
  3. Listening: able to understand sentence-length utterances in both formal/informal contexts.
  4. Reading: With about 300-500 kanji characters in total, students will be able to read semi-authentic Japanese text.
  5. Writing: able to write a short text in Japanese such as personal letters/essays, and short descriptions. Students will be able to control more complicated syntax towards the end of the course.
Reading List
Essential textbooks:

1. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II [Second Edition]
[ With a CD-ROM for Win & Mac ]
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, Kyoko Tokashiki
Publisher: The Japan Times
ISBN: 978-4-7890-1443-4, Published: 30/11/2011.

2. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook II [Second Edition] [ With a CD-ROM for Win & Mac ]
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, Kyoko Tokashiki
Publisher: The Japan Times
ISBN 978-4-7890-1444-1 , Published: 30/09/2011.

Essential textbook for Kanji Workshop:

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.

Additional textbooks (from mid Semester 2):

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.

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.

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:

Basic Kanji Book I & II
Authors: Chieko Kao et al.
Publisher: Bonjinsha
ISBN 4-89358-091-4, 1989.


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)

Other recommendations will be provided in the course handbook.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Please note that students should be enrolled and take the revision/placement test by the end of week 1.
Additional Class Delivery Information 6 hour(s) per week for 22 week(s). Plus 1-hour compulsory oral tutorial(Mon 14.10-15.00 / 15.10-16.00 / Tue 10.00-10.50), and an additional Kanji workshop (1 hour per week, Friday 12.10-13.00), which is compulsory for the students who are intending to proceed to MA Honours Japanese / MA Honours Japanese & Linguistics. Otherwise, Kanji workshop is optional.

The essential textbook and workbook will be needed from the second class (Tuesday in the first week), so it is strongly advised to buy them well in advance at JP-Books ( if this course is compulsory for you (e.g. MA Japanese students).
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Fumiko Narumi-Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 6971
Course secretaryMr David Horn
Tel: (0131 6)50 4227
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