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Unit information: Japanese for General Purposes (ab-initio) in 2016/17

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Unit name Japanese for General Purposes (ab-initio)
Unit code LANG11046
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Foster
Open unit status Open

Students will normally be expected to have obtained the minimum of a GCSE grade C or above in at least one other foreign language



School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

An introduction to the Japanese language focusing on general structures and functions, and including practice in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). By the end of the course, learners will be able to communicate in Japanese in a variety of familiar situations. They will have a basic knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation and an understanding of the cultural context in which Japanese is used.

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 with key elements of Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JPLT) Level N5.

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.