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Module

JPN1066 : Level A (HE Entry Level) Japanese II

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Etsuko Suda
  • Teaching Assistant: Ms Fumika Cartlidge
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module builds upon the foundation in language systems provided in JPN1065, while continuing
to develop reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. You will learn new grammar (see below for
details) and a further 200 characters (kanji), making a total of approximately 350. By the end, you will be communicating with confidence, both orally and in writing, in simple everyday situations.

You will obtain level N5 of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

The aims of the module are:

(1) To build upon the basic foundation in the language systems provided in JPN1065 with a view to
further study.

(2) To allow students to continue to develop receptive (reading and listening) and productive (writing and speaking) skills.

(3) To continue to provide students with skills necessary to become better language learners.

Outline Of Syllabus

Every week you will have five scheduled teaching hours which are divided as follows:

1. Grammar & Speaking (4 hrs): seminars (Present in Person and online synchronous).
We shall cover all the grammatical points listed in the syllabus, including: requests (“te”-kudasai”); obligations; plain-style speech (past, non-past, etc.); temporal sentences; experience (“koto ga arimasu”); direct and indirect speech; relative clauses (noun modification); “kureru”, “ageru”, “morau”; conditional; potential forms, volitional form; suggestions. All points will be explained through the analysis of sentence patterns (bunkei) and will be reinforced by speaking practice such as role-play and pair work.

2. Reading & writing (1hr): seminars (Present in person).
One hour will be devoted to developing skills in reading and writing, using the grammatical points,
sentence patterns and vocabulary studied from our core textbook earlier on each week . Kanji will be taught thoroughly in class to enhance students’ learning. Translation of basic sentences (English into Japanese and Japanese into English) will also be practised.

Also, every week you will have four structured guided learning hours including:

1. Listening
We shall provide you with listening task sheets to enable you to practice the grammatical points and sentence patterns through listening exercises. You are expected to complete the task sheet, check the answers, and conduct reflective learning before online submission.

2.Reading
We shall cover extra reading tasks using a reading textbook to reinforce your reading skills. You will be guided by the teacher as to how you should complete tasks and submit your work.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities361:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:0027 hrs present in person. 17 hrs online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study891:0089:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00online
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key grammatical structures, sentence patterns, vocabulary are practised using an integrated communicative approach in 4 hours of practical classes (2 hours in-class and 2 hours online) 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.

Vocabulary tests, grammar tests and kanji tests will take place regularly once a week and will be assessed. In order to ensure that 119 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by homework assignments. Many derive from the compulsory workbooks accompanying the core textbook. Additional materials may be distributed in class and are considered an integral part of the homework assignments. 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 in English and Japanese (including hiragana, katakana and kanji scripts). English will be applied for the following activities: 1. Explanation of grammatical structures; 2. Translation from English to Japanese and from Japanese to English.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination102M15N/A
Written Examination602A65Unseen written exam: kanji/grammar test, reading/listening comprehension of unseen text
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Writing assignments and regular vocabulary/grammar/kanji tests
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two writing assessments will count towards the final mark.
Regular vocabulary, grammar and kanji tests are necessary in order to allow students to acquire competence in a steady and growing fashion. It also gives students the possibility to have constant feedback on their performance.

Weekly tests give students the opportunity to monitor and review their progress, while the formal examinations provide a summary assessment as well as a chance to review progress before continuing onto JPN2010.

Knowledge of basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, hiragana, katakana and kanji is assessed in all assessed work (tests, continuous assessment and formal examination).
Writing skills are assessed in continuous assessment.

Listening skills are assessed as part of formal examination.

Speaking skills are assessed in formal examination. Reading skills are assessed by formal examination.

Reading Lists

Timetable