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Advanced Applied Japanese (MA2): Writing Japanese


Admission requirements

MA Japanese Studies students.


Training in the active command of written Japanese (reports, professional correspondence, creative writing, essays and so on) is pedagogically highly effective; it brings out the remaining limitations of a student’s grasp of the language at large – that is, including all four basic skills – with particular clarity. Feedback by the instructor and peer-learning are accordingly rewarding. In this course, students undertake writing assignments in Japanese, for correction in class by their fellow students and by the instructor. In addition to the above examples, assignments will include an outline and a summary of the initial hypotheses and findings of their MA thesis. This Japanese language summary will be included to the student’s thesis as a Japanese language abstract.

Writing letters and e-mails in Japanese & Honourifics
Writing an outline of MA dissertation

Course objectives

See description above.


See timetable

Mode of instruction

Seminar (werkcollege).

Assessment method

Continuous assignments and final exam (letter writing).



Reading list

None. Materials will be provided during the lesson.


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

Contact information

Yoshiko Kragt-Masui