BA Russian and Japanese

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Japanese Language 5

Course unit fact file
Unit code JAPA51050
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


This is an advanced level language course which teaches receptive skills (reading and listening) and productive skills (speaking and writing) in Japanese. 

Please note that there are heavy timetabling requirements for both Japanese and for laboratory-based science subjects. Attendance at dedicated catch-up and/or replacement drop-in sessions on Wednesday afternoons (details to be confirmed) may be required in order to allow students from across the university to cover all the materials adequately.


Available on: BA Japanese Studies and Combinations involving Japanese with other languages and area studies degrees and BA Modern Language with Business and Management etc. 

Not available as a free choice – but if the level is appropriate the convenor may exceptionally admit an external student.


Building on students’ prior learning in JAPA51042 or for those at an equivalent level, this course aims to broaden students’ vocabulary (both spoken and written), hone their communication and analytical skills and deepen their understanding of grammar. There will also be translation exercises between English and Japanese. The module aims to prepare students for a period of residence in Japan by giving them the language skills for reading and for competent spoken and written communication. 

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students should be able to: 

  • demonstrate control of approximately 1,200 Kanji characters  

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students should be able to: 

  • understand themselves as advanced learners and be able to engage effectively with the appropriate resources to negotiate understanding 


Practical skills

By the end of this course students should be able to: 

  • express themselves orally in discussion and debate as well as in conversations on everyday matters and on a wide range of topics relating to Japanese society and language. 
  • show proficiency in reading authentic Japanese texts and reports and viewing and hearing TV and other audio and video material in standard Japanese and in some variants 
  • write stylistically appropriate Japanese prose, as well as translate Japanese into appropriate English 
  • have developed higher level skills in both close and gist reading 
  • be engaging confidently with unedited language in a variety of genres  
  • translate and use translation tools 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students should be able to: 

  • have confidence in interacting with native speakers 

  • feel well prepared for residence abroad in Japan 

Employability skills

Written and oral communication skills; team-work; leadership; negotiation skills; research skills, problem-solving; adaptability; decision-making; time management; initiative; self-discipline; organisation; life-long learning skills; self-reflection; action planning; self-confidence; IT skills; increased intercultural awareness

Assessment methods

Assessment task  

Formative or Summative 


Weighting within unit (if summative) 

written examination at the end of semester 2 




oral examination at the end of semester 2 




regular coursework  




portfolio of reading and translation work at the end of semester 2 





Resit Assessment

Assessment task  


Written Exam (75%) 


Oral Exam (25%) 


Feedback methods

Feedback method Formative or Summative
Feedback on progress with language learning is provided to students through in-class feedback, through regular coursework, through corrected versions of written work. Formative & Summative
Students are also able to consult individually with language tutors in their office hours. Formative


Recommended reading

There is a set textbook for this course in semester one:

Tobira Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia (Tokyo: Kurosio 2010) (ISBN-10: 4874244475 / ISBN-13: 978-4874244470 


With the separate volume of exercises called Grammar Power (Tokyo: Kurosio 2012) ISBN 978-4-87424-570-5 


Power Up your Kanji: 800 Basic Kanji as a Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Tokyo) ( ISBN-10: 4874244874 / ISBN-13: 978-4874244876 

Students also require (in both semesters): 

Donna toki  dou tuskau/ Nihongo hyougen bunkei jiten [JLPT N1-N4]  

(Tokyo: Ark 2010) ( ISBN-10: 4757418868 / ISBN-13: 978-4757418868 ) 

Or a similar 文型辞典 with good examples 

Other Recommended Resources:

Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar (Tokyo: Japan Times 1995) 

Using Japanese: a guide to contemporary usage (Cambridge: CUP 2000) 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Tutorials 88
Independent study hours
Independent study 112

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ai Suzuki Unit coordinator
Jonathan Bunt Unit coordinator
Nozomi Yamaguchi Unit coordinator

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