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Japanese V

The course provides expanded knowledge in the four language areas of oral and written presentation as well as listening and reading comprehension by consolidating and expanding the knowledge acquired in Japanese I, Japanese II, Japanese III and Japanese IV.

It consolidates and further develops the ability to actively participate in discussions and debates as well as to conduct presentations in Japanese at the lower advanced level, which corresponds to the level between grades N2 and N1 in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

  • Course structure

    The course consists of four modules.


    1. Intensive text reading, 7.5 credits
    The module consolidates and deepens the knowledge of the modern Japanese written language and exercises the ability to read text. It includes grammatical analysis, kanji knowledge, text reading, text analysis and fictional interpretation.

    2. Extensive text reading, 8 credits
    The module consolidates and deepens the knowledge of the modern Japanese written language and exercises the ability to read text. It includes text reading, text analysis, grammatical analysis, kanji knowledge and presentation of scientific texts.

    3. Practical language proficiency V, 10 hp
    The module trains students' ability to communicate purpose at a lower advanced level, understand the content of selected audiovisual materials and texts, orally and in writing recount and summarize this and discuss and present selected topics in different contexts and with correct sentence structure and spelling.

    5. Academic Writing I, 4.5 credits
    The module develops the student's ability to read and write scientific texts and search for material for a scientific thesis at bachelor's level.

    Teaching format

    The teaching of Intensive text reading, Extensive text reading, Practical language proficiency V consists of lectures, group exercises and individual exercises.

    In the course part Practical language proficiency V, 3-5 assignments are a compulsory element in the teaching.

    The teaching of the course Academic Writing I takes place in the form of lectures and seminars.

    Attendance is mandatory.

    Course planning and resources

    Course details, planning and literature for Autumn 2023 can be found in the learning platform Athena closer to the start of the semester.

    Please note that only registered students have access to downloadable resources, like PDF documents, in Athena.


    Intensive text reading and Extensive text reading are examined through a hall exam or other form of supervised exam.

    Practical Language Proficiency V is examined through two oral exams as well as an entrance exam or other form of supervised exam.

    Academic Writing I is examined through 4-6 home assignments.


    Examiner full course: Mitsuyo Kuwano Lidén
    Intensive text reading: Mitsuyo Kuwano Lidén
    Extensive text reading: Mitsuyo Kuwano Lidén
    Practical Language Proficiency V: Eriko Seto Norrgård
    Academic Writing I: Stina Jelbring

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Japan's Language and Culture?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Johan Fresk