Faculty of Arts


Japanese Language 3A

Please note: this is archived course information from 2019 for JAPANESE 331.


This course is designed to consolidate and enrich the knowledge and skills you have gained in Stage 1 and 2, and to further develop communicative use of the Japanese language in the four skills in and beyond everyday-life situations. With greater focus on written Japanese, you will explore a variety of authentic materials including essays, folk tales, poems and visual texts that contain both traditional and contemporary cultural elements. You are encouraged to study autonomously as well as collaboratively with others. 


By the end of the course, you should have improved your ability to:

  • Express ideas and opinions in Japanese using a wide range of vocabulary and phrases acquired in the course
  • Comprehend the content of authentic materials in limited styles with dictionary assistance
  • Extract relevant information and "get the gist" of a text in a limited time
  • Write an essay with dictionary assistance on a set topic commensurate with the level of this course without significant errors
  • Carry out certain language functions, such as making a request and conveying a message, using the language appropriate to the situation including honorific language as well as appropriate communicative strategies
  • Understand the gist of dialogues and monologues which are spoken at natural speed by native Japanese speakers in different situations

View the course syllabus

Availability 2019

Semester 1


Coordinator(s)  Michiyo Mori


Chuukyuu e Ikou (with a separate booklet and a CD): 3ACorporation

Kanji Practice Book (pink)

Reading Book (green)

Recommended Reading

A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar (The Japan Times) by S.Makino and M.Tsutsui


Coursework + exam


JAPANESE 331: 15.0 points




JAPANESE 330, 338, 339. May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

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