Japanese: Level Four (Fast track)

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Mrs Hiromi Stewart CMK.C804 and Mrs Nobuko Leslie CMK.C804

Course coordinator: Dr Catherine Xiang, CMK.C516


Previous knowledge of Japanese required: 300 hours, including self-study and fluency in writing and reading Hiragana, Katakana and at least 350 Kanji. Students are expected to read at least 350 Kanji.

Course content

Course Aim: To attain competence in a broad range of complex and non-routine tasks across a wide variety of contexts. To practise the ability to use Japanese effectively for purposes of practical communication and reading completion dealing with linguistically challenging tasks. To establish the skills, language and attitudes required to promote and facilitate further study of Japanese.

Communicative Content: Expressing intention; Using passive structures; Using causative and causative passive structures; Honorifics key expressions; Using plain imperatives; Understanding differences in written styles; Understanding differences in spoken styles. Leaving Messages; Giving and quoting commands; Talking about event; Formal invitations and casual invitations; E-mail, RSVP postcards.

Structural Content: Passive and causative forms of verbs, potential verb + -yoni narimasu, additional use of te form, inference, tara/ba/reba (used idiomatically).


12 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of classes in the LT. 8 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 40 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading

Japanese for Busy People III (Revised 3rd edition) available from The Japan Centre, 14-16 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PH.


Continuous assessment (50%) in the MT, LT and ST.
Oral examination (30%) in the ST.
In class assessment (20%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2012/13: 6

Average class size 2012/13: 6

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