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Unit information: Advanced Japanese in 2021/22

Unit name Advanced Japanese
Unit code UWLP30003
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Foster
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

Satisfactory completion of LANG31046 or if individual language level is deemed appropriate, particularly following a Year Abroad in Japan.

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides further development of students’ knowledge of the target language at an advanced level. It is intended:

  • To introduce and develop the linguistic structures and terminology which will enable the student to pursue academic goals of their chosen discipline
  • To develop and offer practice in specific academic skills such as those necessary for taking notes from lectures, giving oral presentations and writing an extended report on a core subject related topic
  • To equip students with the background knowledge which will enable them to integrate quickly in the social, cultural and academic environment of the target language

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. be able to communicate both orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy and fluency.
  2. be able to work at a post-intermediate level with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.
  3. have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language
  4. Be able to understand and interpret written texts at a post-intermediate level
  5. Be able to respond to written texts at a post-intermediate level

Overall, students will attain a level comparable the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JPLT) Level N3.

Teaching Information

Learners will be involved in a variety of synchronous activities, mostly interactive with maximum use of the target language, but with attention devoted also to explaining the fundamentals of the target language’s structures. These activities will be supported and amplified by asynchronous e-learning opportunities and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

  • Examination which includes Reading, Writing and Listening – 75% - assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • In-class presentation / speaking exercise to assess oral – 25% - assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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