Japanese: Level Four (Standard)

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: 250hours, including self-study and fluency in writing and reading Hiragana, Katakana and at least 250 Kanji. Students are expected to read at least 300 Kanji.

Course content

Course Aims: 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: Talking about problems and explaining solutions; Expressing supposition and impressions; Conveying information gained elsewhere; Describing actions done or to be done in preparation for the future; Expressing certainty; Expressing beliefs or expectations based on information gained elsewhere; Expressing ideas that run contrary to expectation; Expressing causes or reasons for situations or outcomes; Describing change: change coming into effect and continuous changes; Describing deliberate effects; Expressing purpose; Expressing completion/Incompletion of past, present or future actions; Giving examples of events or actions; Stating decisions; Making suggestions based on supposition;

Structural Content: Intransitive and transitive verbs, conditional statement, 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: 8

Average class size 2012/13: 6

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