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Unit information: Japanese for General Purposes Intermediate in 2014/15

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Unit name Japanese for General Purposes Intermediate
Unit code LANG31046
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

Satisfactory completion of LANG21046 or if individual language level is deemed appropriate



School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

A continuation of per intermediate Japanese. This course will include: grammar extension of more complex structures, further development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, introduction to seminar and presentation skills, communicative skills, essay writing using HIRAGANA, KATAKANA and KANJI in DA, DEARU style, and translation skills, KEIGO, honorific language, (SONKEIGO, KENJOGO, TEINEIGO) and cultural and social aspects of the language.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. be able to communicate both orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy
  2. and fluency.
  3. be able to work with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.

Overall, students will attain a level comparable the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JPLT) Level N4.

Teaching Information

3 hours of teaching per week covering all four topics of Reading writing speaking and listening. Classroom based learning is supplemented by online access to resources delivered via Blackboard. Regular formative homework is set.

Assessment Information

The four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are assigned equal weighting for the purposes of assessment (25% each).

For reading and writing there is a formal examination in the summer examination period, which comprises 25% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Listening is assessed by continuous assessment, consisting of listening assignments and class tests, which comprise 25% of the total mark. Both assess ILOs 1 and 2.

Speaking is tested by continuous assessment, consisting of marked coursework (oral presentation) and an oral test. Both assess ILOs 1, 2 and 3.

Reading and References

A course book clearly identified by the Director of Foreign Language Teaching as suitable for this level. Reading and reference material will be provided on Blackboard.