Pre-requisites: A pass at The Japan Foundation's Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 3, the School's diagnostic test or the School's Japanese Language Course

Aims/Description: The objectives of this course are to enable a student who has passed Level 3 of the Japan Foundation Japanese Language Proficiency Test or the Japanese Language Course to understand and handle all the basic grammatical structures of the language, write to dictation about 350 Chinese characters (kanji) and read about 500 kanji without recourse to a dictionary. At the end of this course, the successful student will be able to read, with the aid of dictionaries, straightforward Japanese and express him/herself in writing fairly well on everyday subjects. This module will be delivered by distance learning methods - self-study audio and text materials, supplemented by on-line tutoring, and face to face teaching during residentials. It will be assessed by course-work.

Staff Contact: Ms Alison Churchill, Distance Learning Centre, School of East Asian Studies
Teaching Methods: Seminars, On-line tutoring, Self-study text and audio materials
Assessment: Coursework
WebCT resources are available for this module

Notes: This course trains students to read and write Japanese at a lower intermediate level. Students can then put these skills to use in business and in teaching

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