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JPN2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Japanese

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Kumi Casey
  • Lecturer: Ms Fumika Cartlidge
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System


(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
You will practice listening using listening materials uploaded on CANVAS and 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.

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 ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Oral exams to take place at the end of Semester Two
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching1261:00126:00N/A
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
Written Examination601A15Kanji, grammar, translation of basic sentences,(ENG>JPN,JPN>ENG),reading comprehension of unseen texts, writing.
Written Examination1502A40* See Rationale below
Oral Examination102M15Communication skills including listening skills are assessed during the oral exam. The oral exam will take place at the end of Semester Two.
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

Knowledge of grammatical structures and vocabulary is assessed in all summative work.

Handwriting skills of Japanese characters are deemed essential at this stage of learning and assessed in the written assessments including exams.

- One oral examination in Semester 2 (15%) will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and to understand and respond to questions asked by a target language directly and spontaneously.

- Written exams in Semester 1 and 2 (55%) on Reading / Grammar / Writing will test students’ ability to handwrite in the target language. These formal examinations provide summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in reading / grammar/ writing in the module.

- Written exercises in Semester 1 and 2 (30%): These tasks will test students’ ability to handwrite in the target language. 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 opportunity to have constant feedback on their performance. The written assignments help students assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement in writing thus stimulating their independent and reflective learning skills throughout the year.

Reading Lists