nl en

Advanced Applied Japanese


Admission requirements

Please contact study coordinator : Dr. M. Winkel


A central aspect of the MA programme in Japanese Studies in Leiden is language training. All students attend a rigourous language course of Advanced Applied Japanese in their first semester(Sept.2011 – Mar. 2012). This course has been designed to raise the language proficiency of all stiudents to the level necessary to properly and profitably participate in university seminars and lectures during their year in Japan. In practice, if students fail to reach a minimum level equivalent to N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test by the end of this course, they will not be permitted to go to Japan.

The course consists of :
-reading academic texts, reading & discussion
-oral presentation, oral interview
-writing essays, writing reports on academic lectures
-advanced kanji vocabulary learning (weekly test)

Course objectives

The purpose of this course is primarily to train the student for intellectual activities in the Japanese language on an academic level. Classroom activities are thus organized in order to develop and enhance individual students’ capabilities in logical thinking and the presentation of their own arguments and findings in Japanese. Hereby a basis is provided for the student to study or do research at a Japanese university in the subsequent period.

When the student goes to a Japanese university for study or reseach, some of the immediate needs will include volume and critical/analytical reading, listening comprehension, understanding of complicated sentence structure, writing summaries, discussion, and making a presentation. The course is based on these elements and it has a task-oriented syllabus to acquire practical skills in the language as well as communication and content.


See timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

NB: Minimum attendance requirement: 70% of the entire course
Attendance (10%)
Oral presentation (30%)
Interview (30%)
Written exam (30%) Essay 15% Reading, Grammar & Vocab. 15%


Yes, please enroll at Blackboard.

Reading list

-Cross National Boundaries Revised Edition, Fumiko Yamamoto ISBN978-4-7885-1053-1
-Ryugakusei no tame no ronritekina bunsho no kakikata, Revised Edition, Nitsu Nobuko ISBN978-4-88319-257-1


Please contact study coordinator : Dr. M. Winkel

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Contact information

Y. Kragt – Masui


For non-Leiden BA graduates, there will be entrance exams. Please see the department site.