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BA Russian and Japanese

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Japanese Language 7

Unit code JAPA51071
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Japanese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This is an advanced level language course which teaches receptive skills (reading and listening) and productive skills (speaking and writing) in Japanese.

Please note that there are heavy timetabling requirements for both Japanese and for laboratory-based science subjects. Attendance at dedicated catch-up and/or replacement drop-in sessions on Wednesday afternoons (details to be comfirmed) may be required in order to allow students from across the university to cover all the materials adequately

Pre/co-requisites

Available on BA Japanese Studies and Combinations involving Japanese with other languages and area studies degrees and BA Modern Language with Business and Management etc.

Aims

Building on students’ prior learning in JAPA51042 or for those at an equivalent level, this course aims to broaden students’ vocabulary (both spoken and written), hone their communication and analytical skills and deepen their understanding of grammar. There will also be translation exercises between English and Japanese.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to:

 

Teaching and learning methods

8 hours of tutorials per week (a combination of formal grammar teaching, writing skills, reading, and in-class practice and testing of reading, writing, listening and speaking with exercises (including debate and discussion). There will be weekly assignments.

There are two timetabled office hours for staff teaching this unit which are available for consultation.

Please note that there are heavy timetabling requirements for both Japanese and for laboratory-based science subjects. Attendance at dedicated catch-up and/or replacement drop-in sessions on Wednesday afternoons (details to be comfirmed) may be required in order to allow students from across the university to cover all the materials adequately

All students have access to the Language Centre and should use its resources regularly.  All students are further expected to participate in learning partnerships with Japanese students where possible.

There is an Independent Language Learning Portfolio component.

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate control of approximately 1,000 characters

Intellectual skills

  • understand themselves as pre-advanced learners and be able to engage effectively with the appropriate resources to negotiate understanding

Practical skills

  • express themselves orally in advanced role-plays and interactions on everyday matters and on a range of  topics relating to Japanese society

  • show increasing proficiency in reading Japanese texts and viewing and hearing TV and other audio and video material in standard Japanese

  • write more stylistically appropriate Japanese prose, as well as begin to translate Japanese into more appropriate English

  • start developing higher level skills in both close and gist reading

  • be engaging effectively with unedited language in a variety of genres and show increasing proficiency in reading authentic Japanese texts

  • be translating and and using key translation tools and resources effectively

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • show confidence in interacting with native speakers

  • begin to feel confident for the year in Japan

Assessment methods

  • Assessment task

    Length

    Weighting within unit

    written examination at the end of semester 1

    2.5 hours

    50%

    oral examination at the end of semester 1

    10 minutes

    20%

    regular coursework and tests (5%) of grammar, vocabulary and kanji spread through the semester

     

    10%

    portfolio of reading and translation texts

     

    15%

    Participation and attendance

     

    5%

 

Feedback methods

Feedback on progress with language learning is provided to students through regular tests of vocabulary and kanji, through corrected versions of written work, and through feedback on the exams.  Students are also able to consult individually with language tutors in their office hours.

Recommended reading

Set Texts:

1. Nihon e no Shoutai: For Pre-Advanced and Advanced Learners of Japanese Images of Japan, 2nd Edition (University of Tokyo Press 2001) (ISBN 978-4-13-082011-0)

2. Nihon e no Shoutai: yoshuu shiito goi bunkei: For Pre-Advanced and Advanced Learners of Japanese Images of Japan: Tasks, Vocabulary and Sentence Patterns (University of Tokyo Press 2001) (ISBN 4-13-082113-x)

 

Students require in addition:

Donna toki  dou tuskau/ Nihongo hyougen bunkei jiten [JLPT N1-N4]

(Tokyo: Ark 2010) ( ISBN-10: 4757418868 / ISBN-13: 978-4757418868 )

 

Shogakukan Reikaigakushuu kokugojiten (Tokyo: Shogakukan 2011)

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Other Recommended Resources

 

Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar (Tokyo: Japan Times 1995)

 

Using Japanese: a guide to contemporary usage (Cambridge: CUP 2000)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jonathan Bunt Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This module must be passed with a minimum overall mark of 40% in order to progress.

Following successful completion of the first part of this course, it is strongly recommended that students continue working on their independent learning dossier over the Christmas vacation and the January examination period.   

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