Study Abroad and Exchanges



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

Semester 2 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

Intermediate and post-intermediate grammatcial structures and vocabulary are introduced and practised using a task-based comminicative approach. In order to make sure that 134 hours of private guided study does take place, each contact hour is followed up by homework assignments relationg to what has been introduced and/or practised during the contact hour.

This module is taught and assessed in English and Japanese

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A50Unseen written examination containing: Kanji, grammar tasks, translation, reading comprehension, writing composition
Aural Examination502A15Multiple choice questions, dictation
Oral Examination152A151) Read short paragraph out loud. 2)Speech followed by Q & A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M20Includes tasks such as in-class tests, essay writing 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 portfolio of written coursework provides motivation for independent learning and allows students to monitor their progress. The formal written examination, oral and aural examinations provide a summary assessment.

Knowledge of grammatical structures, vocabulary, and kanji are assessed in all assessed work (tests, continuous assessment and formal examination).
Writing skills are assessed in continuous assessment and formal examination.
Listening skills are assessed in formal examination.
Speaking skills are assessed in formal examination.
Reading skills are assessed by continuous assessment and formal written exam.

There is a homework submission requirement of at least 70%.

Reading Lists