Study Abroad and Exchanges



JPN4110 : Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module provides students with upper intermediate/advanced language competence to cope with the linguistic demands of real life in general. Students will build upon the achievements made during the year abroad in Japan, increasing their knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical structures at intermediate and post-intermediate levels. They will be able to read a wide range of un-edited materials (e.g., literary works, newspapers, essays, magazines, etc.) dealing with a variety of topics and to understand a wide range of spoken Japanese (e.g., news, TV dramas, etc.).

The aims of the module are:
1) To provide students with sufficient language competence to cope with the linguistic demands of real life in general.
2) To develop an appropriate level of inter-cultural sensitivity in students, enabling successful interpersonal communication in a range of different situations.
3) To continue to provide students with the necessary skills to become better language learners.

Outline Of Syllabus

In each week there are six contact hours which incorporates activities such as: reading, grammar
Listening, writing, conversation, translation, oral presentation.

Please note that a detailed syllabus can be found in the module handbook.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching721:0072:001hrX6 weeksX12 weeks = 72hrs semesters. In class tests (Approx. 4:00)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1128:00128:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
JPN4010Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Grammatical structures, vocabulary and kanji are practised using an integrated communicative approach in 6 hours of practical classes delivered in seminar style. Oral and aural skills (i.e. speaking and listening) as well as writing and reading are practised throughout the course in task-based activities involving individual, pair and group work.

Kanji tests will take place regularly once a week, and will be formally assessed.

In order to ensure that 256 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by homework assignments relating to what has just been introduced/practised. The homework may include:
- Preparations for readings
- Sakubun (composition)
- Grammar exercises
- Kanji practice
- Preparations for speeches and discussions
- Listening exercises

There is a minimum homework submission requirement of 70%, with this percentage being calculated every 6 weeks. Where appropriate, individualised formative feedback is provided (e.g. for writing assignments involving a creative element).

Students are required to spend at least one hour a week in the Language Resource Centre, working on listening work.

This module is taught and assessed mainly in Japanese. English will be applied for the following activities: 1. Explanation of grammatical structures; 2. Translation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M100Includes tasks such as in-class tests, written essays and oral presentations
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Regular kanji tests are necessary in order to allow students to acquire graduate improvement. It also gives students the possibility to receive constant feedback on their performance.

The written exercise at the end of semester 1 will check students’ general progress.

Reading Lists