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JPN4210 : Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 2

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module provides students with upper intermediate/advanced language competence to cope with
the linguistic demands of real life in general. Students will increase their knowledge of vocabulary
and grammatical structures at post-intermediate levels. They will be able to read a wide range of unedited 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 are timetabled synchronous teaching hours. They
are divided as follows:

1. Speaking (1 hr):
The topics of the textbook which are in social, cultural and linguistic nature will be incorporated into
speaking exercises in class to support better understanding of the reading materials used for reading
seminars and to facilitate ideas for essay writing and speech tasks.
2. Grammar (1 hr):
You will learn key grammar points and structures from the textbook which overlap items of JLPT
(Japanese Language Proficiency Test) n2. Output in the form of original sentence writing with
accurate use of grammar points is expected of you to demonstrate your understanding of the key
expressions.
3. Reading (1hr): online seminar.
Reading materials including newspaper articles and other publications on cultural and social topics
from the textbook will be covered in the seminars to help you to acquire a wide range of vocabulary
and kanji script.
4. Extra reading (1hr): online seminar.
A wide range of un-edited materials including literary works will be studied in this seminar to provide
students with further reading competence in the target language.
5. Writing (1hr):
Four writing topics will be given as exercise over 2 semesters for students to acquire sufficient formal
writing skills in the target language.
6. Listening (1 hr):
We shall provide you with weekly listening task to enable you to develop your listening
comprehension skills

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion331:0033:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00Present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Scheduled online seminar
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1011:00101:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
JPN4010Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Grammatical structures, vocabulary and kanji are practised using an integrated interactive approach in 5 hours of practical classes delivered in seminar style.
Speaking skills as well as writing and reading are practised throughout the course in task-based activities involving individual, pair and group work.
Listening skills are practised with weekly listening task. Students conduct reflective learning and their progress will be monitored weekly throughout the year.
Kanji and vocabulary tests will take place regularly once a week online and will be formally assessed. In order to ensure that 134 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by homework
assignments relating to what has just been introduced/practised.
Reading and Extra reading are taught online as student feedback from last year showed that this worked very well.

The homework will include:
- Preparations for readings from the core textbook and from material outside the textbook
- Sakubun (composition) - Grammar exercises
- Kanji practice - Preparations for speeches
- Listening exercises
There is a minimum homework submission requirement of 70%, with this percentage being calculated each
semester.
Where appropriate, individualised formative feedback is provided (e.g. for writing and listening assignments).

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A50Unseen written examination containing kanji, vocabulary, grammar, reading, translation and writing
Oral Examination152M15Speech and Q & A
Aural Examination502M15N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
JPN4010Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Vocab and Kanji tests and one writing assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The final written exam on script/ vocabulary / grammar/ reading / translation/ writing will test students’ ability to write or type in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that access to dictionaries and other sources for checking has been disabled. This formal exam provides a summary assessment.
Alternative method to the final written exam is 24hrs Take Home examination online.
Regular online kanji and vocabulary tests are necessary in order to allow students to acquire gradual improvement.
It also gives students the possibility to receive constant feedback on their performance.
Writing skills are assessed in the writing assignment and as part of the final examination. The writing assignment provides motivation for independent learning and allows students to monitor their progress. This task will test students’ ability to write or type in the target language. [for in-class tests: Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that access to dictionaries and other sources for checking has been disabled. ] Alternative method for the writing assignment is 24hrs Take Home assessment online.
Listening skills are assessed as part of the formal examination. This exam will test the students’ ability to listen and understand (authentic) audio sources and to respond appropriately in written or oral form. This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and to discuss with a target language speaker directly and spontaneously. Alternative method for the aural examination is 24hrs Take Home assessment online.
Speaking skills are assessed in the speaking examination in the classroom. Alternatively, the speaking examination can be conducted synchronously online.

Reading Lists

Timetable