JAP-90006 - Japanese 6
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 5 or equivalent

Barred Combinations

Description for 2022/23

This module will further develop students Japanese language communication skills, enabling them to conduct routine tasks they are likely to encounter in socialising, living, studying, travelling or working in Japan. Functions and topics will include: expressing and understanding of feelings and emotions expressed orally and in personal letters, explaining reasons and giving excuses in a more sensitive or complex manner, expressing opinions, offering advice, giving details of future plans and projections and making guesses. Some film clips set in a variety of social and work situations will be analysed in teaching sessions. There will also be reading and writing work to build students' confidence in handling mixture of phonetic scripts and essential kanji characters. Students will also become familiar with a range of social contexts and culturally specific behaviour.

It aims to further develop students' Japanese language communication skills already acquired up to Japanese 5 or equivalent.

Intended Learning Outcomes

understand the main point of some radio or TV programmes on topics of personal or professional interest: 1,2
understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters written in kana scripts and basic kanji: 2
give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans: 1,2
write personal letters describing experiences and impressions: 2
understand and apply the general rules for using deferential, neutral and humble registers appropriate for specific situation: 1,2
recognize and act upon cultural differences encountered in common situations and demonstrate knowledge of customs and modes of behaviour in Japanese society: 1,2
enter unprepared into conversation on topics such as travel and events: 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.

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.