Undergraduate

How we teach: Japanese Language

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Our staff teach a variety of subjects and academic disciplines relating to East Asian Studies. Find out more about the different styles and approaches we use in our Undergraduate teaching:

Japanese Language Modules - Communication-oriented approach

If you want to learn Japanese beyond basic conversation and related to Japanese culture and society, our language modules are definitely the right choice for you. Led by a strong teaching team using a wide range of learning materials, our teaching is very intensive and diverse throughout the four year programme. However, regardless of the different language levels, all the modules we offer have one thing in common- they aim to provide you with ample opportunities to use Japanese as a real means of communication in both an oral-aural and written context.

In your first year, you will be placed at either Basic Japanese or Intermediate Japanese level, depending on your Japanese language skills and previous learning experience.

In Basic Japanese, you will learn most of the elementary grammar and vocabulary, as well as approximately 500 Kanji (Chinese characters), which are necessary to live and study in Japan in the following year. To reinforce what you learn in the grammar lessons, the six-hour-a-week "Practicals" teach you how to apply those grammar points to real communication, through various tasks, role plays and games. In addition, you will also learn how to use IT skills in Japanese, including Japanese word processing and web searches.

If you are placed in Intermediate Japanese, in addition to thorough revision of elementary grammar, you will learn more advanced grammar and vocabulary by reading a wide range of materials on various topics (including fairy tales, Japanese culture, letters and news), in addition to an intermediate textbook. You will also practise giving short speeches and interviewing Japanese people, as well as learning IT skills in Japanese.

In your second year, you will study at one of our 13 partner universities across Japan. (For further details, see Japan Study Abroad)

Having returned from Japan, in your third year, you will continue to study more advanced Japanese. In addition to a pre-advanced textbook, you will read newspapers, magazine articles and websites, among various other authentic texts. In aural classes, using the state-of-the-art language laboratory in the Language Centre, you will listen to audio CDs and watch various genres of DVD. Based on these reading and listening materials, you will take part in discussions and write essays on various social and cultural issues. Furthermore, you will learn how to deliver various types of speeches effectively.

Your final year will consolidate your language skills at the highest level. Various sources of authentic texts and AV materials will be used for reading, writing and discussions, to develop your in-depth understanding of contemporary Japan. You will also learn how to create academic PowerPoint presentations on themes of specialist interest to you.

Throughout your four years, not only will you receive individual help and feedback from your teachers (Kazuki Morimoto, Yuka Oeda, and Mika Takewa), but you will also have access to various online materials, including Kanji, quizzes, to support your independent study.

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  1. East Asian Studies programmes at Leeds
  2. Course structure
  3. How we teach: Japanese Language
  4. How we teach: Thai Language and Culture