JAP-90005 - Japanese 5
Coordinator: Toshihiko Kitagawa
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Japanese 4 or equivalent

Barred Combinations

Description for 2022/23

This module will further develop students Japanese language communication skills already acquired, enabling them to speak, listen, read, and write in carrying out tasks they are likely to encounter in socialising, living, studying, travelling or working in Japan. Topics and functions covered in the module will include: making comparisons, discussing Japanese cities, regions, countryside and types of accommodation, holiday options, talking about choices and decisions, quoting reported speech. Students should have the awareness of the appropriate use of familiar register and should be able to switch familiar and normal polite as and when it is necessary. The module will build upon students' competence of using basic kanji characters as well as the phonetic scripts. This module will also equip students with understanding of contemporary Japanese culture and society.

This course aims to consolidate students' existing language skills and further develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Japanese.

Intended Learning Outcomes

understand main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters: 1
enter into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life: 1
describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, by connecting phrases in a simple way: 1,2
write simple connected text on familiar topics: 2
demonstrate an understanding of socio-linguistic codes including register difference: 1,2
understand texts that consist mainly of high-frequency everyday language: 1,2

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

Description of Module Assessment

1: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Spoken interaction assessment
A 6-7 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.