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JPN1066 : Level A (HE Entry Level) Japanese II

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Etsuko Suda
  • Other Staff: Ms Fumika Cartlidge
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module builds upon the foundation in language systems provided in JPN1065, while continuing
to develop reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. You will learn new grammar (see below for
details) and a further 200 characters (kanji), making a total of approximately 350. By the end, you will be communicating with confidence, both orally and in writing, in simple everyday situations.

You will obtain level N5 of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

The aims of the module are:

(1) To build upon the basic foundation in the language systems provided in JPN1065 with a view to
further study.

(2) To allow students to continue to develop receptive (reading and listening) and productive (writing and speaking) skills.

(3) To continue to provide students with skills necessary to become better language learners.

Outline Of Syllabus

Every week you will have eight contact hours, six of which are timetabled synchronous teaching hours. They are divided as follows:

1. Grammar & Speaking (4 hrs): seminars (Present in person).
We shall cover the grammatical points listed in the syllabus, which include: particles, demonstratives, interrogatives, predicate, verbs (verb groups, inflections, transitive, intransitive, etc.), adjectives, numbers, counters, polite style of speech, desiderative, “te” form, affirmative, negative, past, non-past. All points will be explained through the analysis of sentence patterns (bunkei) and will be reinforced by speaking practice such as role-play and pair work.

2. Reading & writing (1hr): seminars (Present in person).
One hour will be devoted to developing skills in reading and writing, using the grammatical points,
sentence patterns and vocabulary studied from our core textbook earlier on each week. Kanji will be taught thoroughly in class to enhance students’ learning. Translation of basic sentences (English into Japanese and Japanese into English) will also be practised.

3. Reading (1hr): online seminar
We shall cover extra reading tasks using a reading textbook to reinforce your reading skills. You will be guided by the teacher as to how you should complete tasks and submit your work.

Also, every week you will have two structured guided learning hours:

1. Listening (2 hrs)
We shall provide you with weekly listening task sheets to enable you to practice the grammatical points and
sentence patterns through listening exercises. You are expected to complete the task sheets, check the answers and conduct reflective learning before online submission. The teacher will monitor your progress every week throughout the year and conduct occasional feedback/guidance/Q&A sessions online.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching551:0055:00Present in person.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Scheduled online seminar
Guided Independent StudySkills practice221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1121:00112:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key grammatical structures, sentence patterns, vocabulary are practised using an integrated communicative approach in 4 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.

Vocabulary tests, grammar tests and kanji tests will take place regularly up to 5 times a week and will be assessed online.

In order to ensure that 112 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by homework assignments. Many derive from the compulsory workbooks accompanying the core textbook. Additional materials may be distributed in class and are considered an integral part of the homework assignments. 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).

This module is taught and assessed in English and Japanese (including hiragana, katakana and kanji scripts). English will be applied for the following activities:
1. Explanation of grammatical structures;
2. Translation from English to Japanese and from Japanese to English.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination102M15Week 12
Written Examination602A45Unseen written examination containing kanji, grammar, translation, reading and writing
Aural Examination402M15Week 11
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M25Two writing assignments in the classroom and weekly online vocab, grammar and kanji tests.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Regular online vocabulary, grammar and kanji tests are necessary in order to allow students to acquire competence in a steady and growing fashion. It also gives students the possibility to have constant feedback on their performance.

While the weekly tests give students the opportunity to monitor and review their progress, the formal examination provides a summary assessment as well as a chance to review progress before continuing onto JPN2010. Alternative method to the final written examination is 24hrs Take Home examination online.

Knowledge of basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, hiragana, katakana and kanji is assessed in all assessed
work (tests, continuous assessment and formal examination).

Writing skills are assessed in continuous assessment. The two writing assignments will count towards the final mark. Alternative method for the writing assignments is 24hrs Take Home assessments online.

Listening skills are assessed as part of formal examination. Alternative method for this examination is 24hrs Take Home assessment online.

Speaking skills are assessed in formal examination. Alternative to this examination is online synchronous exam.

Reading Lists