Japanese Intermediate One (FLJ2230)

StaffMrs Yumiko Moore - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLJ1130 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who either already have or may quickly regain a level of proficiency in Japanese broadly equivalent to that of GCSE Grade A-B (or equivalent). This module is between A2 Basic User and B1 Independent User of the Common European Framework and aims to:  

  • Consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations

  • Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening, productive skills in speaking, reading and writing

  • Deepen students' understanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend straightforward written and aural texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, study, leisure etc in the target language
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a broad range of general topics which are familiar or of personal interest, both orally and in writing, and produce short descriptive and narrative texts, formal and informal letters.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with guidance from the tutor
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Make a presentation on a topic pertinent to everyday occurrences in his/her field and hold a conversation in the target language which may involve expressing opinions and making value judgements
  • 7. Work productively with others as part of a team, within a set structure
  • 8. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following grammar / topics:

Main Grammar

• Kanji (139 characters)
• Adjective/Noun plus ‘no' particle, Adjective plus ‘naru', Conditional ‘ba', ‘nara', ‘tara' and‘to'
• Comparisons, Doing and asking favours using the te-form of the verb plus ‘ageru/kureru/morau'
• Uncertainty using ‘-de shoo' and ‘kamoshirenai'
• Intention and plans using the volitional form of the verb plus ‘-to omou', or the plain present form of the verb plus ‘tumori'
• Chronological order using ‘mae' and ‘-tekara'
• Occasion using ‘toki'Expressing reasons using the plain form of verbs and adjectives plus ‘n desu' and ‘node'
• Hearsay using the plain form of verbs/adjectives/the copula plus ‘soodesu'
• Desire using ‘hoshii' and verb stem plus ‘tai' and ‘tagaru'
• Excessiveness using the stem of the verb or adjective plus ‘sugiru'
• Limited degree using ‘shika' negative
• Preparation using the te-form of verbs plus ‘oku'
• Completion, regret and realization that a mistake was made using ‘te shimau'
• Obligations and social expectations, the negative stem plus ‘nakucha ikenai'
• Lack of obligation or social expectations using ‘nakutemoii'
• Two actions simultaneously using the ‘masu'-stem of verbs plus ‘nagara'
• Conjecture based on direct evidence using ‘mitaida'
• Talking about past experiences using verb ‘ta kotoga aru'
• Trying something using te-form of verbs plus ‘miru'
• Using noun-modifying clauses in the past and present
• Listing actions and states using plain format ‘shi'; implying a reason using the plain form‘shi'
• Listing representative activities using verb ‘tari' and verb ‘tari suru'
• Making inferences based on direct observations using the stem of verbs and adjectives plus‘sooda'
• Giving suggestions using ‘tara doodesuka' and ‘hooga iidesu'
• Particles ‘de', ‘mo' and ‘ya'
• Potential verbs
• Verb volitional forms
• Verb transitivity pair

Main Topics

• Favourite Food/Places/Music, Making a weekly plan, Winter Vacation Plans, Japanese Folktale
• Kanji (pp.298-299), Dream for the future, After the Vacation, Kanji (pp.304-305), Looking for Friends, Feeling Ill, Visiting a Doctor's office, Health and Illness, Tanabata Festival, Kanji (pp.310-311), Talking about what you can do/ you cannot do, Looking for a Part-time Job
• Interesting Experiences in Japan, Kanji (pp.244-245), Special Days in Japan/in Other Countries
• Valentine's Day, Counters, Personal Advice Column, Kanji (pp.251-252), Making a Trip Plan
• A Trip to Nagano, At the Hotel, My Favourite Place, Kanji (pp.256-257)
• Talking about a good Experience, Lost and Found, Japanese Cartoon (Doraemon), Kanji (pp.263-264)

Read more at http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/flc/modules/FLJ2230/description/#H4zxRLZLpLU104PE.99

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities66Language classes
Guided Independent Study234Private Study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
5 formative tasks covering grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension Variable1-8Written and oral
1 in-class formative task in week 12 (during the first two timetabled hours)1.5 hours1-5,8Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral test3010-12 minutes1, 3-6, 8Written and oral
Written Exam502 hours1-5, 8Written and oral
In-Class Listening Test2045 Minutes1-5, 8Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written Exam, Listening TestWritten Exam1-5, 8Referral/deferral period
Oral testOral Exam1, 3-6, 8Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 30%, Written Examination = 70%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Main course book: Japan Times, Genki 1 and 2 Text, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, The Japan Times, 2nd Edition


Japan Times, Genki 1 and 2 Workbook, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, The Japan Times, 2nd Edition

Recommended materials: Dictionary: Martin's Concise Japanese Dictionary, Charles E. Tuttle Co, or Oxford Starter Japanese Dictionary, Oxford University Press

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2220


Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date

February 2018

Key words search

Japanese, intermediate