ULJA51040 - LEAP Japanese 4

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of LEAP Japanese 3 or JPLT N4 or equivalent Japanese ability.
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course is for students who have successfully completed LEAP Japanese 3 or equivalent and wish to take their Japanese to the next level. The course offers the solid foundation required for achieving language near competency with the use of further grammatical structures of the Japanese language and challenging longer texts and conversations. The course provides an extensive range of vocabulary which will enable students to communicate reasonably fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing, and enable them to produce clear, well-structured written text on a wide variety of subjects. Communication skills will be developed include discussion, presentation skills and reporting skills in addition to covering more aspects of the culture and current issues of Japan.”

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate competency in understanding and knowledge of language structure grammatical rules;
  • understand a wide variety of high demanding longer texts and conversations, and recognize implicit meaning;
  • engage in spontaneous conversations and discussions on familiar topics with some fluency;
  • independently write short essays, reports, and letters putting forward personal points of view by using a variety of vocabulary and formulaic expressions and using the target language in a wide range of contexts.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations. 

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on-campus and online instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time)


  • Semester one: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester two: Week 11- Listening Exam 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

If government or university guidance requires assessment to be held online, then Listening Exam may be assessed alongside the Oral Exam

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • Informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class-based learning activities
  • Formal written feedback will be given following every assessment


Nozomi Yamaguchi

Taught by

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Maximum entry


Set texts

Genki 2 L15 - L23. Third Edition (Japan Times). ISBN-13: 978-4789017329    If you already have Second Edition one, you can use it.

Recommended texts

Oxford Starter Japanese dictionary (ISBN: 0198601972) OR Oxford Kenkyusha Japanese Learner dictionary, and Oxford Japanese Grammar and Verbs (ISBN: 0198603827). More information at the Oxford University Press website. More advanced dictionaries and grammar books may be appropriate. Advice from tutors.


For information on further Japanese contact the course convenor