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JPN4010 : Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Etsuko Suda
  • Lecturer: Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


This module provides students with upper intermediate/advanced language competence to cope with the linguistic demands of real life in general. Students will build upon the achievements made during the year abroad in Japan, increasing their knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical structures at intermediate and post-intermediate levels. They will be able to read a wide range of un-edited materials (e.g., literary works, newspapers, essays, magazines, etc.) dealing with a variety of topics and to understand a wide range of spoken Japanese (e.g., news, TV dramas, etc.).

The aims of the module are:
1) To provide students with sufficient language competence to cope with the linguistic demands of real life in general.
2) To develop an appropriate level of inter-cultural sensitivity in students, enabling successful interpersonal communication in a range of different situations.
3) To continue to provide students with the necessary skills to become better language learners.

Outline Of Syllabus

In each week there are six contact hours which incorporates activities such as: reading, grammar
listening, writing, conversation, translation, oral presentation.

Please note that a detailed syllabus can be found in the module handbook.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching1144:00144:001hrX6 weeksX12 weeks = 72hrsX2 semesters. In class tests (Approx. 8:00)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study2561:00256:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
JPN4110Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 1
JPN4210Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Grammatical structures, 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.

Kanji tests will take place regularly once a week, and will be formally 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. The homework will include:
-       Preparations for readings from the core textbook and from extra-textbook materials
-       Sakubun (composition)
-       Grammar exercises
-       Kanji practice
-       Preparations for speeches and discussions
-       Listening exercises from the core textbook

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 mainly in Japanese. English will be applied for the following activities: 1. Explanation of grammatical structures; 2. Translation.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A35Unseen written examination containing: Kanji, grammar tasks, translation, reading comprehension, writing composition
Aural Examination502M15Multiple choice questions, dictation
Oral Examination152M151) Read short paragraph out loud. 2) Speech and description followed by Q & A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M20Includes tasks such as in-class tests, essay writing and presentation
Portfolio2M15Vocab and Kanji test (Sem 1 and 2) and two written pieces of work in Sem 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Regular kanji tests are necessary in order to allow students to acquire graduate improvement. It also gives students the possibility to receive constant feedback on their performance.

The continuous assessment will check students’ general progress in the first semester.

The portfolios of written coursework provide motivation for independent learning and allow students to monitor their progress. The formal written examination, oral and aural examinations provide a summary assessment.

Knowledge of grammatical structures, vocabulary, and kanji are 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 written exam.

Reading Lists