Preparation for your course

Language preparation

Chinese (For students taking single and dual honours Chinese)

An introductory assignment for students on Chinese Studies degrees will be distributed in Registration Week.

In the meantime, you should purchase the textbook - Developing Chinese (2nd Edition) Elementary Comprehensive Course (1) ISBN 978-7-5619-3076-2 (£21.00)
This can be bought from the University online store  and collected from the School of East Asian Studies General Office at 6/8 Shearwood Road.

Japanese (for students on single and dual honours Japanese degrees)

Although Japanese language is taught from scratch, it will be taught intensively using the Japanese script from the very beginning, so all students registered for Japanese Language I are expected to have learned the two phonetic scripts (hiragana and katakana) for reading and writing Japanese by the time they arrive in Sheffield. Please learn and practise them using the information enclosed. There will be a short writing test directly after your Intro Week meeting on Monday 18th September 2017.

Korean (For students on single and dual honours Korean degrees)

In Intro Week you will need to buy a copy of the textbook EAS101 Korean Language and the accompanying CD-ROM (at a cost of £22.00 in total.) These can be purchased from the University online store 

You will be expected to have read ‘Introduction to the Korean Language’ (about the Korean alphabet or Han’gŭl) and familiarized yourself with the letters and sounds of the alphabet before your first class. All these materials will be available on MOLE (My On-line Learning Environment which you can find on the university website) from the first day of Intro Week.

Han’gugŏ 1 (Language Education Institute, Seoul National University) and CD-ROM

General Reading

If you would like to do some reading about the country you will be studying and East Asia in general before you come to Sheffield, we can recommend the following books. All of them are available from


Rana Mitter. Modern China: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press, 2008.
Qi Shouhua. The Pearl Jacket and other stories: flash fiction from contemporary China. Stone Bridge Press, 2008.
Zang Xiaowei. Understanding Chinese Society. Routledge, 2011.
Paul Ropp. China in World History. Oxford University Press, 2010.

East Asia

John H. Miller. Modern East Asia: An introductory history. M.E Sharpe, 2007.
Michael Yahuda.The International Politics of the Asia-Pacific. Routledge, 2011.


Christopher Goto-Jones. Modern Japan: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Theodore W. Goossen. The Oxford book of Japanese short stories. Oxford University Press, 1997.


Bruce Cumings. Korea’s place in the sun: A modern history. W. W. Norton and Co., 2005.
Bruce Cumings. North Korea: Another country. The New Press, 2004.
Sheila Miyoshi Jager. Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea. Profile Books, 2013.