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JPN4010 : Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Etsuko Suda
  • Lecturer: Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen
  • Other Staff: Dr Jo Lumley, Ms Sayuri Naruse
  • 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, five of which are timetabled synchronous teaching hours. They are divided as follows in order of weekly timetable:

1. Speaking and oral presentation (1 hr): present in person seminar.
Slide preparation and oral presentation skills in the target language will be taught as part of professional skills. The topics of the textbook which are in social, cultural and linguistic nature will be incorporated into speaking exercises in class to support better understanding of the reading materials used for reading seminars and to facilitate ideas for essay writing and speech tasks.

2. Grammar (1 hr): present in person seminar.
You will learn key grammar points and structures from the textbook which overlap items of JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) n2. Output in the form of original sentence writing with accurate use of grammar points is expected of you to demonstrate your understanding of the key expressions.

3. Reading (1hr): online seminar.
Reading materials including newspaper articles and other publications on cultural and social topics from the textbook will be covered in the seminars to help you to acquire a wide range of vocabulary and kanji script.

4. Extra reading (1hr): online seminar.
A wide range of un-edited materials including literary works will be studied in this seminar to provide students with further reading competence in the target language.

5. Writing (1hr): present in person seminar.
Four writing topics will be given as exercise over 2 semesters for students to acquire sufficient formal writing skills in the target language.

Also, every week you will have one structured guided learning hour:

1. Listening (1 hr)
We shall provide you with weekly listening task sheets to enable you to develop your listening comprehension skills. You are expected to complete the task sheets, check the answers and conduct reflective learning before online submission. The teacher will monitor your progress every week throughout the year and conduct occasional feedback/guidance/Q&A sessions online.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion661:0066:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching661:0066:0066 hrs present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00Scheduled online seminars
Guided Independent StudySkills practice221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study2021:00202:00N/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 5 hours of practical classes delivered in seminar style.

Speaking skills as well as writing and reading are practised throughout the course in task-based activities involving individual, pair and group work.

Listening skills are practised with weekly listening task sheets. Students conduct reflective learning and their progress will be monitored weekly throughout the year.

Kanji and vocabulary tests will take place regularly once a week online and will be formally assessed. In order to ensure that 268 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 material outside the textbook
-       Sakubun (composition)
-       Grammar exercises
-       Kanji practice
-       Preparations for speeches and discussions
-       Listening exercises

There is a minimum homework submission requirement of 70%, with this percentage being calculated each semester.

Where appropriate, individualised formative feedback is provided (e.g. for writing assignments and listening assignments).

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 Examination501M10Week 11. Written assessment containing kanji, vocabulary, grammar, reading and translation
Written Examination1802A45Unseen written examination containing kanji, vocabulary, grammar, reading, translation and writing
Oral Examination152M10Wk12 (Buffer week). Speech and Q & A
Aural Examination502M10Week 11.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
JPN4210Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Week 3. Slides preparation and oral presentation
Written exercise2M15Vocab and Kanji tests (Sem 1 and 2) and one writing assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

The writing assignment provides motivation for independent learning and allows students to monitor their progress.

The final written examination in Semester 2, combined with listening comprehension and oral examination, provide a summary assessment. Alternative method to the final written examination is 24hrs Take Home examination online.

Knowledge of grammatical structures, vocabulary, and kanji are assessed in all assessed work (tests, professional skills assignment, and formal examinations.)

Writing skills are assessed in the writing assignment and as part of the final examination. Alternative method for the writing assignment is 24hrs Take Home assessment online.

Listening skills are assessed as part of the formal examination in Semester 2. Alternative method for the aural examination is 24hrs Take Home assessment online.

Speaking skills are assessed in the oral presentation in Semester 1 and the speaking examination in Semester 2. Alternative to the oral presentation is online file submission of slides and recorded presentation. The speaking examination can be conducted synchronously online.

Reading skills are assessed by formal written exams.

Reading Lists