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JPN2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Japanese

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Kumi Casey
  • Other Staff: Ms Fumika Cartlidge
  • 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

1. Grammar and speaking
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
We shall practice listening using language lab and also practice speaking various topics.
3. Reading (
You will develop skills in ondoku (reading aloud) and dokukai (reading
4. Writing
You will 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
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching1101:00110:0088 hours Present in Person; 22 hours online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study2681:00268:00N/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. 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 the above 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%.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination102M15N/A
Written Examination601A15Kanji, grammar, basic test translation of basic sentences,(ENG>JPN,JPN>ENG),reading comprehension of unseen texts, writing.
Written Examination902A40* See Rationale below
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M15Written assignment, Vocab, Grammar and Kanji regular tests.
Written exercise1M15Written assignment, Vocab, Grammar and Kanji regular tests.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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.

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 and speaking skills are assessed in a formal examination.
Reading skills are assessed by continuous assessment and formal exam.

Reading Lists