JAP-90001 - Japanese 1
Coordinator: Toshihiko Kitagawa
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective





No prior knowledge

Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

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: 1
Read and write simple words and phrases in Hiragana: 2
Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need: 1
Recognize and act upon basic cultural differences as encountered in everyday situations: 1,2
Understand familiar words, basic phrases and sentences concerning themselves and their family and friends when people speak slowly and clearly: 1

Study hours

20 hours of synchronous and asynchronous class time
100 hours class preparation and revision and private study
22 hours revision for and completion of written exam
8 hours preparation for and attendance at spoken interaction exam

School Rules

Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment form
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 of Module Assessment

1: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Spoken interaction assessment
A 5-6 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive) and listening (receptive) skills. Task may include role play, presentation, question and answer, description and similar. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups individual marks will be awarded to each student and the total time allowed will be 5-6 minutes per student.

2: Exam weighted 50%
1 hour reading/writing exam
Examination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.