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Beginner’s level Japanese 2


Admission requirements

Students in MA Asian Studies 60 ec tracks who have completed the 1st semester Beginner’s level Japanese course.


This is the continuation of the integrated Japanese 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 (172 in semester 2), and – vocabulary terms and expressions that are closely tied to students’ everyday lives and communicative situations in Japanese contexts.

The course will cover lessons 13 through 23 of the textbook『げんき』Genki volume 2.

Required self-study (independent work outside the classroom): roughly 7 hours per week.

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

Syllabus of the Grammar and Dialogue section: > げんき II (in Japanese)
Kanji characters introduced in the Reading and Writing section:

By the end of 『げんき』Genki 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). An online Self-study Room offers additional resources for independent study outside the classroom (


Zie rooster.

Teaching method

Seminar (werkcollege).

Assessment method

Participation element (attendance, preparation): 10%
Quizzes (in class): 40%
Final exam (conversation & written): 50%


Blackboard will be used for course handouts, course information, and links.

Reading list

1) Genki Textbook II [Second Edition], The Japan Times, ISBN: 978-4-7890-1443-4
2) Genki Workbook II [Second Edition], The Japan Times, ISBN: 978-4-7890-1444-1
Genki website:


Enrollment for this course on uSis is mandatory

Contact information

Bij de docent, zie het rooster.


Local book dealer in Leiden: Van Stockum (, Breestraat 113.