JAP-90001 - Japanese 1
Coordinator: Hitomi Tobe Room: CBB1.013 Tel: +44 1782 7 33278
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective





No prior knowledge

Barred Combinations

Students are only permitted to take one Japanese language module per semester.
Students can only take one absolute beginners language module (90001) in any one academic year.
This module cannot be taken as a Level 3 elective.

Description for 2019/20

This module is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Japanese. It will develop basic communication skills in everyday situations such as meeting someone for the first time, talking about daily routine, family, shopping and telephoning. The module aims to provide students with the very basics of spoken Japanese (standard polite register) and with recognition skills of one of the Japanese scripts, Hiragana. Students will also be introduced to some aspects of Japanese culture.
Please note the following enrolment information carefully; this is a reminder that taking JAP-90001 in the Spring Semester does not allow direct progression onto Japanese 2 in the same academic year. If you are a first year student, the earliest opportunity for progression to Japanese 2 will not be until February of the following year. If you are entering your second year please be aware that you cannot take Japanese 2 as credit-bearing elective in your final year.

This module is designed for those with no prior knowledge of Japanese. It aims to equip them with basic oral and written communication skills in Japanese.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Use simple phrases and sentences to describe themselves and people they know. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
Understand familiar words, basic phrases and sentences concerning themselves and their family and friends when people speak slowly and clearly. will be achieved by assessments: 3,4
Read and write simple words and phrases in Hiragana. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need. will be achieved by assessments: 1,3
recognize and act upon basic cultural differences as encountered in everyday situations will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
develop and reflect upon strategies for successful language learning will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

22 hours contact time
44 hours completion of course work tasks
54 hours class revision and private study
22 hours revision for and completion of written exam and listening exam
8 hours preparation for and attendance at oral exam

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Coursework weighted 20%
Coursework documenting student's progress
The course work will comprise of tasks such as vocabulary exercises, written-up role-play dialogues, KLE tasks, listening and reading comprehension exercises, grammar exercises, very simple translations, written-up self directed learning tasks and class participation. Students will also be required to complete a reflective study diary.

2: Unseen Exam weighted 40%
1 hour unseen examination
Examination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.

3: Oral Exam weighted 20%
Oral exam
A short oral exam including tasks such as question and answer and role play or presentation.

4: Listening Comprehension weighted 20%
30 minute listening test
Listening comprehension task adapted from authentic material.