B2

Japanese B2

CEFR level/unit
Reception
Interaction
Production
Listening
Reading
Spoken Interaction
Spoken Production
Written Production
B2 I can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. I can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. I can understand the majority of films in standard dialect. I can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular stances or viewpoints. I can understand contemporary literary prose. I can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. I can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views. I can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest. I can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. I can write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to my interests. I can write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.
B2.2 Japanese studies advanced 2I continue to develop my ability to understand Japanese TV programs and movies. I can understand the main points of short excerpts (5-10 minutes) with assistance. I can understand explanatory texts (approx. 2000 characters or more) on various topics related to Japan, with the assistance of dictionaries. I also expand my ability to understand Japanese literary works. I can interview native speakers on various topics about Japan, analyse their opinions and discuss pros and cons. I also continue to develop my skill to communicate using an appropriate speech style in formal situations. I can research and discuss the topics studied in class. I also refine my ability to do short presentations on topics in which I am interested, including group presentations. I can compose haiku and tanka. I can discuss these works, and give my opinions on social issues in short essays (400-600 characters). I can produce a resume in Japanese. I can write approx. 900 kanji, including 150 new kanji this semester.
B2.1 Japanese studies advanced 1With assistance, I can understand the gist of short excerpts (5-10 mins) of Japanese TV programs and movies. I also continue to expand my ability to understand conversations between native speakers in various speech styles. With the assistance of dictionaries, I can understand texts (2000 characters or longer) on topics related to Japan, which are written for intermediate level students. I refine my ability to communicate using appropriate speech styles in various contexts. I also develop my ability to state my opinions and to extract information from others. At a visitor session, I am able to maintain a casual conversation with native speakers without preparation. I continue to develop my ability to do 5-10 min presentations on topics in which I am interested, including the ability to describe aspects of Japanese culture and society in detail. I develop the skills to write a research essay (2000-3000 characters) on topics of my own choice, with the assistance of various resources. I also develop the ability to write summaries of texts and oral discussions. I learn approx. 150 new kanji for this unit.