This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Japanese 1 Beginners.
Japanese 2 Pre-Intermediate is an integrated Japanese language course, which aims to develop fundamental proficiency in skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Introduction and explanation will be provided about a wide range of the elementary grammatical structures, expressions, vocabulary, “Kanji” characters (about one hundred more, in addition to those studied during Japanese 1 Beginners). Students are provided with the opportunity to practice and perform orally and in writing in a culturally appropriate manner in a variety of social situations. This course will cover Lessons 8 through 15 of the “Genki” textbook.
At the end of the course, students will be expected to perform sufficiently in all four skills at a basic level of proficiency, which is equivalent to A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This is a level where one can deal with common aspects of daily life (see the course syllabus provided through Brightspace for details).
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first five (5) times.
Online preparatory quizzes;
In-class grammar and writing quizzes;
End-of-term writing assignment;
End-of-term in-class oral presentation;
An oral exam and a written exam.
To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.
The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.
If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (exams, quizzes, Midterm Exam and Final Exam). No resit for the tutorial (participation and homework) is possible.
The BA International Studies program does not allow students to resit passed (constituent) examination(s) within the language courses. Language acquisition is, primarily, accomplished through in-class acquisition activities and practical assignments which contribute to the (final) examination. The diverse structure of the language courses and characteristics of language acquisition therefore withhold the possibility to resit a passed examination.
Exam review and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Main Texbook (Required) An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Genki Ⅰ [Second Edition], Tokyo: The Japan Times, ISBN: 978-4-7890-1440-3.
Workbook (Required) An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Genki Ⅰ Workbook [Second Edition], Tokyo: The Japan Times, ISBN: 978-4-7890-1441-0.
Enrolment for the workgroup through My Studymap is mandatory.
No enrolment needed for the language exams.
For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.
For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Student Affairs Office for BA International Studies
This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.