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JPN4061 : Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Kumi Casey
  • Lecturer: Dr Shiro Yoshioka
  • Other Staff: Ms Maria Roemer, Dr Michael Tsang, 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, provides students with the basis for community interpreting, trains students in the fundamentals of Japanese translation (Japanese-English, English-Japanese) and offers students a good level in business Japanese. Students will build upon the achievements made during your year abroad in Japan or those 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 have developed the ability to understand a variety of oral sources and students will converse fluently using a sufficiently articulated language. Students will be able to engage with community interpreting, to move towards a career that builds upon the basic knowledge of translation techniques and students will have sufficient knowledge of business Japanese to think about a job in a Japanese company.

The training that students will get and the level that students will obtain is that required in level N1 of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

Besides the goals state above, this module also aims at:
1) Developing an appropriate level of inter-cultural sensitivity in students, enabling successful interpersonal communication in a range of different situations.
2) 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. Listening (1 hr): seminar.
The listening class will take place in the lab and the following materials will be used: news, documentaries, films.
4. Business Japanese (1 hr): seminar.
The module will take you through two manuals of business Japanese. You will learn how to converse and to behave in the professional environment of Japanese companies, how to read and write documents related to business work and you will master a specific vocabulary related to business Japanese.
5. Writing (1 hr): seminar.
You will develop skills in writing compositions, summaries, interviews, etc.
6. Interpreting (1 hr): seminar (taught alternatively with Writing)
You will develop skills for community interpreting.
7. Speaking (1 hr): seminar.
You will develop skills in making speeches in Japanese, sustaining a discussion in Japanese making clear your arguments and sustaining them in an articulated way, plan and develop little projects that entail presentations in Japanese.

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 teaching1441:00144:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1256:00256:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
JPN4161Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 1
JPN4261Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 2
JPN4040Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese for 3 year programme
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key 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.

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 on a weekly basis
-       Writing assignments on a weekly basis
-       Grammar exercises on a weekly basis
-       Kanji practice on a daily basis
-       Preparations for speeches and discussions on a weekly basis
-       Listening exercises on a weekly 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).

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 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.
Oral Examination252A10Discussion/debate, role-pay as community interpreter
Aural Examination502A15The listening exam will test the ability to understand real-world aural materials.
Written Examination301M5Translation
PC Examination502M5Translation
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
JPN4261Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 22Both written exams and the aural exam should be paired.
JPN4040Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese for 3 year programme2Both written exams should be paired.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M10Sakubun - 1800-2000 characters
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Sakubun 400 characters + oral presentation (8 minute speech and 7 minute Q&A session). Both in class
Portfolio2M10Business Japanese Individual/Groupwork over the year. Details of each task are explained in class
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