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JPN2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Japanese

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Kumi Casey
  • Lecturer: Ms Harumi Cavanagh
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


(1) To consolidate the linguistic foundation with a view to further study.
(2) To provide students with sufficient target language competence and inter-cultural sensitivity for communicative interaction with native speakers and to enable them to cope with typical situations met during a potential period of study abroad.
(3) To continue to provide students with skills necessary to become better language learners.

Outline Of Syllabus

Every week you will have six contact hours which are divided as follows:
1. Grammar and speaking (3 hrs): seminar style.
We shall cover the grammatical points and exercises in each chapter. All points will be
explained through the analysis of sentence patterns (bunkei).
2. Listening and speaking (1 hr): seminar style.
We shall practice listening using language lab and also practice speaking various topics.
3. Reading (1 hr): seminar style.
One hour will be devoted to develop skills in ondoku (reading aloud) and dokukai (reading
4. Writing (1 hr): seminar style.
One hour will be devoted to develop skills in writing, using the grammatical points, sentence
patterns, vocabulary and kanji studied in the previous chapters. Shisha (sight writing) will also
be practiced to learn writing structure and style.

The module will be taught and assessed in Japanese and English.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching1441:00144:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1256:00256:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
JPN2110Level B (HE Intermediate) Japanese - Exchange Semester 1
JPN2210Level B (HE Intermediate) Japanese - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key grammatical structures, sentence patterns, 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.

Vocabulary/grammar tests and kanji tests will take place every week and will be 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. 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%.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Aural Examination502M15N/A
Oral Examination102M15N/A
Written Examination1502A35Unseen written exam:Kanji test,grammar test,translation of basic sentences,(ENG>JPN,JPN>ENG),reading unseen texts,written production
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M202 generic written assessments (CA1&2)containing Kanji,grammar,translation of basic sentences,reading unseen texts,written production
Written exercise2M15Weekly vocab, grammar and Kanji tests (Semesters 1 and 2). 2 written pieces of work in Semester 2.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Regular vocabulary 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.
Continuous Assessment 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 YA.
Knowledge of grammatical structures, vocabulary and kanji is assessed in all assessed work (tests, continuous assessment and formal examination).
Writing skills are assessed in continuous assessment, a portfolio of course work 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