BSc Computer Science with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
LEAP Introduction to Japanese

Course unit fact file
Unit code ULJA51002
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Japanese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course is for absolute beginners. It introduces students to the fundamentals of Japanese grammar, reading and writing while developing some basic communicative skills. It aims to teach students simple structures, lexis and phrases which will enable them to communicate in a limited number of common everyday situations in Japan. This will be achieved through learning ‘Romaji’ (r¿maji), a system of romanized spelling used to transliterate Japanese, which will also be used in assessment.

The introductory course differs from LEAP Japanese 1 in length, topics covered and learning outcomes. Both start at the same level (absolute beginner), but LEAP Japanese 1 is a full-year course, and goes further and deeper into the language as it is approximately double the number of teaching hours plus double the number of self-study hours whereas the introductory level Introduction to LEAP Japanese is only one semester long.


  • Pre-requisite: None.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Japanese. If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to the course unit selection guidance, which includes information about eligibility for LEAP units, on your programme structure.
  • Anti-requisite: Students taking the unit for university credit as part of their degree must not have already taken the unit ULJA51010 – LEAP Japanese 1. 



Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have acquired the ability to:

  1. Handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Japanese;
  2. understand and read, some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write very simple messages with the use of Romaji.
  3. communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations.
  4. have some understanding of ways of life in Japan
  5. Perform at Level A1.1 of the Common European Framework.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning. Students will actively practice the language (words, phrases and grammar) in pairs and groups in class, as well as through written exercises at home. Students will also be expected to make full use of the resources and activities on the Blackboard component for this course.


Employability skills

Pathway Students may be able to proceed to LEAP Japanese 2 subject to: achieving a mark over 75% Agreeing to study independently the material recommended by the language tutor to reach the Common European Framework level required at the end of LEAP Japanese 1. A1

Assessment methods

Semester 2: 

  • Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 60
  • Week 12 - Oral Exam 30%,

Feedback methods

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • Informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities
  • Formal written feedback will be given following every assessment

Recommended reading

Set texts 

To be announced in Blackboard.

Recommended text


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 62
Independent study hours
Independent study 38

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Yumi Uraki Unit coordinator
Nozomi Yamaguchi Unit coordinator

Additional notes


Students may be able to proceed to LEAP Japanese 2 subject to:

  • achieving a mark over 75%
  • Agreeing to study independently the material recommended by the language tutor to reach the Common European Framework level required at the end of LEAP Japanese 1. A1

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