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2006/07 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST1250 Elementary Japanese Language

20 creditsClass Size: 65

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2006/07


None. Excluded combination with EAST1210. EAST1215 and EAST1220

This module is approved as an Elective

This module is approved as a Special Skills Elective

Module summary

This module aims at the acquisition of the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in modern Japanese. The emphasis is made on the aural-oral and written communication skills as well as thorough mastery of the basic grammar and structures. Japanese scripts (hiragana & katakana) are introduced together with basic Chinese characters (kanji). For further details see Department of East Asian Studies website


On completion of this module students should have acquired a basic understanding of Japanese grammar, familiarity with the two Japanese phonetic scripts and about 50 'kanji' characters. They should have acquired proficiency in elementary written and oral Japanese and listening skills.


Students will have two contact hours per week. The module will begin with an introduction to the two Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana, followed by weekly lectures on Japanese grammar. The weekly practical class will cover drill exercises, listening comprehension, conversation and script, including a total of approximately 50 kanji characters.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 22 x 1 hour' Practical classes: 22 x 1 hour

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Assessed coursework (9 x vocabulary tests, 9 x aural tasks, 2 x oral tasks, 1 x Hiragana test, 1 x Katakana test)

Methods of assessment

1 x Hiragana test (week 3 in semester 1) 5%
1 x Katakana test (week 6 in semester 1) 5%
1 x 1 hour test (at the end of semester 1) 20%
1 x 2 hour exam in semester 2 50%
Assessed coursework (cf. monitoring progress) 20%

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/10/2007


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