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HSS2512 : Level B Japanese (for Combined Honours Students)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


(1) To consolidate the linguistic foundation provided in JPN1003 and JPN1004 with a view to further study, while continuing to develop reading, listening, writing and speaking skills.
(2) To provide students with sufficient target language competence to enable them to survive in typical situations met during a potential period of study abroad.
(3) To continue to provide students with skills necessary to become better language learners.

Outline Of Syllabus

The list is intended as an indication only
Notions: Time sequence and duration; direction and location; distance; result; progressive aspect; future probability; ability; experience; negation; comparison; passive; kinship; forms of address; Formal and informal registers
Functions: Describing intentions; requesting; giving reasons; apologising; describing objects / places / situations; comparing; Making invitations; Accepting and declining invitations; Asking advice
Situations: Visiting friends' houses; Shopping; Telephone; Job interview; Travel; Hospital; School/University

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key grammatical structures and vocabulary are introduced and practised using a task-based communicative approach. In order to make sure that 268 hours of private study does take place, each contact hour is followed up by homework assignments related to what has been introduced and/or practised during the contact hour.

Oral and aural skills (i.e. speaking and listening) are practised throughout the course in task-based activities.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Continuous Assessment tests and Assessed Coursework give students the opportunity to monitor and review their progress, while the formal written exam and oral/aural examination provide a summary assessment as well as a chance to review progress before the period of study abroad.

Knowledge of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary are assessed in all assessed work. Both rading and writing skills are assessed by continuous assessment and formal written paper. The portfolio or coursework assesses writing skills

Listening skills are assessed in the aural and oral examinations. Speaking is assessed in the oral examination only.

- 1 x Unseen examination, Semester 2, 150 minutes, 40%
- 1 x oral examination, Semester 2, exam week, 15%.
- 1 x aural examination, Semester 2, final teaching week, 10%
- 1 x portfolio of written coursework, Semester 2 (Submission dates set by module leader), 15%.
- 2 x written continuous assessment tests (rading, writing, grammar, vocabulary), Semster 1, 7th and 12th teaching week, 20% (10%each)

Resit is by 100% written examination (150mins).

The course is taught in English and Japanese.

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