MA ... and Intensive Language (Japanese)

SOAS, University of London
In City of London (England)

£ 7,985 - (Rs 6,44,816)
VAT incl.

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  • Master
  • City of london (England)
  • Duration:
    2 Years

The two year language pathway is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Japan. The intensive training in Japanese language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Japanese.

Your chosen discipline is combined with intensive Japanese language over two years (including a period in Japan), making this programme unique in Europe.

Access to the Japanese language pathway is currently available for students with

a) beginner, or

b) post beginner level of proficiency.

As a point of reference for b), this would correspond to having completed Minna no Nihongo, Volumes 1 and 2 (or an equivalent text), knowledge of approximately 500 kanji, and tuition time of about 220 hours in total. The list of kanji is available here, and a sample test is available here.

Students’ proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants).

Students bear the costs of travel to and from Japan, as well as all living expenses (including accommodation) during the period of their stay.

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Where and when

Starts Location
30 September 2016
City of London
London, England
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What you'll learn on the course

Japanese Language
Communication Skills
intercultural awareness
Intensive Language
heritage roles
critical judgment skills

Course programme

In the two year language pathway, students take 2 intensive language units and one discipline unit in their first year. During the summer, they participate in a summer school abroad. Upon their return, in the second year, they take one intensive language unit and two discipline units. They also choose a dissertation topic within their Major. Students must pass all of the language units in order to qualify for the degree with Intensive Japanese. In the two year language pathway, the intensive language courses will be assessed by a combination of exams and continuous assessment, involving in class tests. The assessment of the summer school element is conducted upon return to SOAS. Two years full time: Year of study Course title Beginner entry Post beginner entry 1 Intensive Elementary Japanese 1 Intensive Japanese 1 (2 units) 1 1 unit in discipline 1 unit in discipline Summer of year 1 Intensive Japanese 2 (1 unit) Intensive Japanese 2 (1 unit) 2 Intermediate Japanese 2 OR: Advanced Japanese Contemporary Topics Intensive Japanese 3 (1 unit) 2 2 units in discipline 2 units in discipline 2 Dissertation in discipline Dissertation in discipline

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