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:
Semester 2 Credit Value:
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.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||144||1:00||144:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||256:00||256:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|JPN4161||Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 1|
|JPN4261||Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 2|
|JPN4040||Level 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||2||A||25||The written exam will contain: kanji test, grammar test, reading of unseen texts.|
|Oral Examination||25||2||A||10||Discussion/debate, role-pay as community interpreter|
|Aural Examination||50||2||A||15||The listening exam will test the ability to understand real-world aural materials.|
|JPN4261||Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 2||2||Both written exams and the aural exam should be paired.|
|JPN4040||Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese for 3 year programme||2||Both written exams should be paired.|
|Essay||2||M||10||Sakubun - 1800-2000 characters|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||20||Sakubun 400 characters + oral presentation (8 minute speech and 7 minute Q&A session). Both in class|
|Portfolio||2||M||10||Business 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%.