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Japanese 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
Successful completion of Japanese 1.


This is an integrated language course for beginners, with a communicative approach. Special attention will be paid to the use of the language in practical everyday situations and the focus will be on listening, speaking and reading. Basic writing instruction will also be part of the course.

Students will be introduced to:

  • Japanese pronunciation,

  • a wide range of elementary grammatical structures and sentence patterns,

  • basic kanji characters (145 in vol. 1 of the course book) and

  • vocabulary terms and expressions that are closely tied to students’ everyday lives and communicative situations in Japanese contexts.

For more details, refer to online resources accompanying the course book:

Course objectives

CEFR target levels:

  • Speaking: A1-2

  • Listening: A1-2

  • Reading: A1

  • “Writing A1 as applicable and as described in the Japan Foundation Standard for Japanese Language Education”:>A1-A2

By the end of volume 2, students will acquire approximately 1,700 basic words and 317 kanji characters, including 254 of the 284 kanji listed for Level 3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (as administered until 2010).


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction


Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Assessment method



Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on
Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

1) Genki Textbook I & II [Second Edition], The Japan Times, ISBN: 978-4-7890-1440-3 & 978-4-7890-1443-4
2) Genki Workbook I & II [Second Edition], The Japan Times, ISBN: 978-4-7890-1441-0 & 978-4-7890-1444-1

Genki website
Local bookstore: Van Stockum
The Japan Times book club


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


An online Self-study Room offers additional resources for independent study outside the classroom.