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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part IA | Core subject | Convenor: Dr Miki Kawabata

Course Description 2023-24

The aim of this course is to help students acquire solid basic skills of language learning, both receptive (reading and listening) and productive (writing and speaking). In the Michaelmas and Lent terms students undergo an intensive study of the grammar of modern Japanese. In the Easter term, the emphasis shifts to reinforcing the basic structures and vocabularies learnt in the first two terms through developing students’ communication skills skills further.

Form and Conduct

This paper consists of four questions: section A tests candidates’ kanji knowledge and ability to translate Japanese into English; section B requires candidates to translate English sentences into Japanese; section C contains a passage for translation into Japanese; section D requires candidates to write a composition in Japanese.


This description is subject to change, for the latest information, students should consult the Undergraduate Handbook available on the Faculty Intranet.

Terms taught
Michaelmas, Lent
Michaelmas, Lent