Skip to main content


JPN1066 : Level A (HE Entry Level) Japanese II

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Etsuko Suda
  • Lecturer: Mrs Kumi Casey
  • 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 JPN1003, 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 JPN1003 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 which are divided as follows:
1. Grammar & Speaking (4 hr): seminar (interactive).
We shall cover all the grammatical points listed in the syllabus, including: requests (“te”-kudasai); obligations; plain-style speech (past, non-past, etc.); temporal sentences; experience (“koto ga arimasu”); direct and indirect speech; relative clauses (noun modification); “kureru”, “ageru”, “morau”; conditional; potential forms, volitional form; suggestions. All points will be explained through the analysis of sentence patterns (bunkei) and will be reinforced by speaking practice such as role-play.
2. Listening/Speaking (2 hrs): seminar style.
We shall practice the grammatical points and sentence patterns through conversation, listening.
3. Reading & writing (2 hr): seminar style.
Two hours will be devoted to developing skills in reading and writing, using the grammatical points, sentence patterns and vocabulary studied in the previous 6 hours. 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 practiced.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching961:0096:008hrs per week x 12 weeks including Oral and Aural exams at wk12.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1104:00104:00104hrs for independent study.
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 involving individual, pair and group work.

Vocabulary tests, grammar tests and kanji tests will take place regularly once a week and will be assessed.

In order to ensure that 104 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by homework assignments relating to what has just been introduced/practised. 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).

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

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 Examination102M15In Week 12
Written Examination602A45Unseen written examination containing grammar test, translation, reading and writing
Aural Examination402M20In week 12
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Weekly vocab, grammar and kanji tests. Portfolio of 2 pieces of written work.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Portfolio information:
The two in-class writing assessments will count towards the final mark.

Regular 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.

Weekly tests give students the opportunity to monitor and review their progress, while the formal examinations provide a summary assessment as well as a chance to review progress before continuing onto JPN2010.

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 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 exam.

Reading Lists