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BA Linguistics and Japanese / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Japanese Language 5

Unit code JAPA51050
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 5
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Japanese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No


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 confirmed) may be required in order to allow students from across the university to cover all the materials adequately.



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. The module aims to prepare students for a period of residence in Japan by giving them the language skills for reading and for competent spoken and written communication.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate control of approximately 1,200 Kanji characters

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students should be able to:

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


Practical skills

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • express themselves orally in discussion and debate as well as in conversations on everyday matters and on a wide range of  topics relating to Japanese society and language.
  • show proficiency in reading authentic Japanese texts and reports and viewing and hearing TV and other audio and video material in standard Japanese and in some variants
  • write stylistically appropriate Japanese prose, as well as translate Japanese into appropriate English
  • have developed higher level skills in both close and gist reading
  • be engaging confidently with unedited language in a variety of genres and show proficiency in reading authentic Japanese texts
  • translate and use translation tools


Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • show clear confidence in interacting with native speakers
  • feel well prepared for the year in Japan


Employability skills

Written and oral communication skills; team-work; leadership; negotiation skills; research skills, problem-solving; adaptability; decision-making; time management; initiative; self-discipline; organisation; life-long learning skills; self-reflection; action planning; self-confidence; IT skills; increased intercultural awareness

Assessment methods

Written Exam 50%
Oral Exam 20%
Weekly coursework 5%
Portfolio of reading and translation work 25%


Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Feedback on progress with language learning is provided to students through in-class feedback, through regular coursework, through corrected versions of written work.

Formative & Summative

Students are also able to consult individually with language tutors in their office hours.



Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Tutorials 88
Independent study hours
Independent study 112

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jonathan Bunt Unit coordinator

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