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Japanese for Improvers II

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This follow-on course from Japanese for Improvers I will introduce you to a broader but still limited range of oral, aural and written skills, sufficient for practical needs in everyday situations.

The following topics will be covered:

  • describing what people are doing
  • describing someone's appearance and skills
  • expressing likes and dislikes
  • expressing own physical conditions
  • expressing own desire.

The course will also cover the main grammatical points you need at this level, which will include the following:

  • revising use of adjectives
  • revising use of verb te-form
  • present progressive  (verb te-form)
  • verb tai-form.

This course is for students who have a basic knowledge of Japanese such as having completed the Beginners I, Beginners II and Improvers I courses or other qualifications deemed equivalent. Students are expected to understand Japanese verbs (masu-form, te-form and nai-form) and adjectives.

Students should also be able to read and write Japanese script, Hiragana, Katakana and some basic Kanji-Chinese characters.

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Learning and teaching

The emphasis of the course is on participation and students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various non-threatening forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.

Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

You will not have formal examinations but you may have reading and listening class tests. You may be asked to write short texts as homework.

Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning.

Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

The course textbooks are:

  • Japanese for Busy People I (Kana version), Revised 4th Edition, AJALT, 2022.
  • Nihongo Challenge N4 -5 Kanji: Preparation for JLPT with English Translation, Publisher: ASK

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.