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JPN4040 : Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese for 3 year programme

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Shiro Yoshioka
  • Lecturer: Mrs Kumi Casey
  • Other Staff: 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


This module provides students with language competence in advanced Japanese, trains students in the fundamentals of Japanese translation (Japanese-English, English-Japanese) and offers students a basic level in business Japanese. Students will build upon the achievements made in Level C Japanese. Students will master vocabulary, grammatical structures, writing styles and spoken styles at an advanced level. By the end of the module, students will be writing confidently and naturally in a variety of written-Japanese styles, students will be able to read a vast range of real-world texts. Students will be able to move towards a career that builds upon the basic knowledge of translation techniques and students will have basic knowledge of business Japanese to develop further understanding and awareness of contemporary Japanese society.

Besides the goals state above, this module also aims at continuing to provide students with the necessary skills to become better language learners.

Outline Of Syllabus

In each week there are six contact hours which are divided as follows:

1. Reading real-world texts (1 hr): seminar. We shall read real-world texts covering a broad range of topics such as: Japanese language, current social and political issues, and Japanese history.
2. Business Japanese (1 hr): seminar. You will learn how to read and write documents related to business work and you will master a specific vocabulary related to business Japanese.
3. Writing (1 hr/every other week): seminar. You will develop skills in writing compositions, summaries, interviews, etc.
4. Tutorials for communication skills (1 hr): You will develop listening and speaking skills.

Please note that the syllabus, the course content and the pace may be changed as necessary to reflect students’ needs.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching1081:00108:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1292:00292:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
JPN4061Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese
JPN4161Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 1
JPN4261Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key grammatical structures, vocabulary and kanji are practised using an integrated communicative approach in 3 hours of practical classes delivered in seminar style. In order to ensure that 301 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by homework assignments relating to what has just been introduced/practiced. The homework will include:
- Preparations for readings on a weekly basis
- Writing assignments on a weekly basis
- Kanji practice on a daily basis

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).

This module is taught and assessed mainly in Japanese. English will be used for the following activities: translation from English to Japanese and translation from Japanese to English.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A25The written exam will contain: kanji test, grammar test, reading of unseen texts.
PC Examination501M5Translation
PC Examination502M5Translation
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
JPN4061Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese2Both exams should be paired
JPN4161Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 11N/A
JPN4261Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 22Both exams should be paired
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M10Business Japanese Individual/Groupwork over the year. Details of each task are explained in class
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Continuous assessment. Sakubun 400 characters (10% in-class); 8 mins: speech; 7 mins: Q&A session (10% in-class)
Prof skill assessmnt2M35Sakubun 1800-2000 characters; 8 mins: speech; 7 mins: Q&A session
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is designed in such a way as to test all the skills mastered during contact hours and individual study.

There is a homework submission requirement of at least 70%.

Reading Lists