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Beginner’s level Japanese 2


Admission requirements

Students admitted to MA Asian Studies 60 ec tracks. Students must have passed Beginners’ Japanese 1.


This is an integrated language course for beginners, with a communicative approach. Special attention will be paid to the use of the language in practical everyday situations and the focus will be on listening, speaking and reading. Basic writing instruction will also be part of the course.

Students will be introduced to: – Japanese pronunciation, – a wide range of elementary grammatical structures and sentence patterns, – basic kanji characters and – vocabulary terms and expressions that are closely tied to students’ everyday lives and communicative situations in Japanese contexts.
For more details, refer to online resources accompanying the course book:
Syllabus of the Grammar and Dialogue section
Kanji characters introduced in the Reading and Writing section

Course objectives

By the end of volume 2, students will acquire approximately 1,700 basic words and 317 kanji characters, including 254 of the 284 kanji listed for Level 3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (as administered until 2010). An online Self-study Room offers additional resources for independent study outside the classroom


Zie rooster.

Teaching method

Seminar (werkcollege).

Course load

Total course load: 140 hrs – Classes: 27 hrs (2 hrs once a week over 12 weeks) – Text reading and class preparations: 81 hrs – Preparation for the Quizzes: 10 hrs – Extra activities: Japanese internet news site reading etc.: 22 hrs

Assessment method

Participation element (attendance, assignments, Kanji & Vocabulary Quiz): 50%
Oral presentation: 10%
Final exams (reading & writing): 40%



Reading list

1) Genki Textbook I [Second Edition], The Japan Times, ISBN: 978-4-7890-1440-3
2) Genki Workbook I [Second Edition], The Japan Times, ISBN: 978-4-7890-1441-0
Genki website


Enrollment for this course on uSis is mandatory

Contact information

Bij de docent, zie het rooster.


Local book dealer in Leiden: Van Stockum (, Breestraat 113.