ULJA51030 - LEAP Japanese 3 (A2/B1)

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisiteULJA51020 - LEAP Japanese 2 (A1/A2) or equivalent e.g. GCSE Grade 6 or above taken in the last three years or JLPT N5.
  • 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 (September to May).
  • Level of attainment: (A2/B1) By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework.
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The course aims to further develop the skills acquired in LEAP Japanese 1 & 2. 

It extends the emphasis on communication and comprehension skills through the use of high frequency language expressions used to describe topics of personal interest, current affairs and specific themes. This will enable students to conduct brief oral exchanges related to limited specific topics or themes or to give a short presentation or information about an event. 

It also further consolidates the grammar already acquired, and enhances students’ skills in reading and writing by equipping them with a broader range of vocabulary to enable them to read and write longer and more complex texts.

Learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate a deeper understanding grammatical rules;  
  • demonstrate competency in comprehension and listening through accurately extracting key information from written and audio sources on specific familiar topics related to personal interest and current affairs; 
  • recognize and use known expressions and fundamental phrases that are used in everyday situations; 
  • communicate orally in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar topics with reasonable fluency; 
  • independently write short texts on limited familiar topics using a variety of vocabulary and formulaic expressions.  

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hours or two 90 minutes seminars per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary.

This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and will be 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).


All assessments are summative.

Non-credit students and members of the public need to be aware that written exams will not take place during lesson time.

Semester 1

  • Written exam; 30% weighting; held in university's semester 1 exam period in January

Semester 2

  • Listening exam; 10% weighting; held in week 11
  • Speaking exam; 30% weighting; held in week 12
  • Written exam; 30% weighting; held in university's semester 2 exam period in May/June

Dates to be confirmed.

Nature of the feedback

Feedback will include a combination of informal ongoing feedback resulting from class-based learning activities and formal written feedback given following summative assessments.


Nozomi Yamaguchi

Taught by


Maximum entry

23 per group

Set texts

Genki 2 L16 - L23. Third Edition (Japan Times). ISBN-13: 978-4789017329


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