FLJ2330 - Japanese Intermediate Two

2020/1 Module description

StaffMrs Yumiko Moore - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLJ2230 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

Japanese Intermediate 2 is intended for students who have successfully completed FLJ2230 Japanese Intermediate 1 or who have a level broadly of AO / AS (Grade A-B) or an A level (Grade C or below) or equivalent. The module provides a systematic approach to building on essential grammar structures in a communicative context.

Japanese Intermediate 2  can be taken towards achieving ‘with proficiency in Japanese”, see http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/flc/undergraduate/proficiency/

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who have an AO or AS (grade A-B) in the foreign language, or an A level (grade C or under) or equivalent. This module is between B1 and B2 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 a variety of social 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 an extensive range of grammatical structures of Japanese.
  • 2. Read and comprehend written and aural texts of a more technical nature on both concrete and abstract topics in Japanese
  • 3. Communicate confidently and spontaneously in a wide range of situations, including more specialised topics, both orally and in writing, and produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects in Japanese.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Make a clear, prepared presentation on a general topic and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining their views.
  • 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. Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following grammar / topics:

Writing: Kanji (150 characters)


  • Grumble and Gossip, Culture Differences, Biography, Kanji (pp.260-270)
  • Taking care of the restaurant, Talking about a failure or a sad experience, Looking for a Parttime Job, Kanji (pp.276-277), College Life, Ask questions using honorific expressions
  • Talking about the things you are glad you have done/you haven't done
  • Visiting Someone's House, Kanji (pp.283-284), Thank you Letters, Self-introduction using extra-modest expressions, Direction, Shopping, Kanji (pp.291-292), Rakugo(Comic Monologue) & Cartoons, Accidents, Making preparation for a party, Asking a favour, Burglar, Kanji (pp.298-299)
  • Yakudoshi (Unlucky Ages), Preparing for a conference, Encouraging people, Education in Japan
  • Kanji (pp.304-305), Diary, Talking about Childhood, Farewell, Facial Expressions


  • ‘A temo B' to express ‘B, even if A'
  • Adjective plus ‘suru'
  • Conditional ‘ba' ‘tara' ‘to'
  • Causative forms
  • Causative-passive forms
  • Honorific and humble expressions
  • Expressing chronological order using ‘mae' and ‘- tekara'
  • Expressing hearsay using the plain form of verbs/adjectives/the copula plus ‘soodesu'
  • Expressing completion, regret and realization that a mistake was made using ‘te shimau'
  • Expressing the lack of obligation or social expectations using ‘nakutemoii'
  • Expressing the performance of two actions simultaneously using the ‘masu' stem of verbs plus ‘nagara'
  • Expressing conjecture based on direct evidence using ‘mitaida'
  • Expressing the fact something is easy or hard, using the stem of the verb plus ‘yasui/nikui'
  • Expressing results of intentional actions, using the te-form of verbs plus ‘aru'
  • Expressing presuppositions, using the plain form plus ‘hazu'
  • Expressing desire, using the te-form of verb plus ‘hoshii'
  • Expressing a command, using the verb stem plus ‘nasai'
  • Expressing gratitude to someone, using the te-form plus ‘kurete arigatoo'
  • Expressing the missed action, using the verb short negative present form plus ‘de'
  • Expressing a decision, using the verb present short form plus ‘kotonisuru'
  • Expressing ‘till A', using the verb present affirmative plus ‘made'
  • ‘Noun A no yoona B' to express ‘a B like/similar to A'
  • Passive forms
  • Polite expressions
  • The pattern ‘A aida ni B' to mean when the event B takes places in the middle of another event
  • The stem of a verb plus ‘kata' to mean ‘how to do'
  • Using the plain form plus ‘noni' to mean despite ~, although~
  • Using the particle ‘ka' to make indirect questions (~ka dooka)
  • Verb transitivity pairs

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 teaching66Language classes
Guided independent study234Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing, listening, reading, speaking Variable1-8Written 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
Portfolio 50Variable1-8Written and oral
Written Exam 25Take-home exam1-5, 8Written and oral
Oral Exam 2510-12 minutes1,3-6, 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
PortfolioPortfolio1-8Ref/Def period
Written Exam Written Exam 1-5,8Ref/Def period
Oral Exam Oral Exam 1,3-6,8Ref/Def period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for any passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Main course book:

  • Japan Times, Genki 2 Text, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, The Japan Times, 2nd Edition
  • Japan Times, Genki 2 Workbook, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, The Japan Times, 2nd Edition

Recommended materials:


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

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