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Module

JPN4010 : Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Etsuko Suda
  • Lecturer: Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

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 which incorporates activities such as: reading, grammar
listening, writing, conversation, translation, oral presentation.

Please note that a detailed syllabus can be found in the module handbook.

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 completion601:0060:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities721:0072:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching701:0070:0036 hours Present in Person. 34 hours online synchronous
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1961:00196:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00online synchronous
Total400:00
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 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.

Kanji tests will take place regularly once a week, and will be formally assessed.

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 from the core textbook and from extra-textbook materials
-       Sakubun (composition)
-       Grammar exercises
-       Kanji practice
-       Preparations for speeches and discussions
-       Listening exercises from the core textbook

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 applied for the following activities: 1. Explanation of grammatical structures; 2. Translation.

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
Written Examination501M10Unseen written examination: Kanji/vocabulary/grammar test, JPN>ENG translation, reading comprehension of unseen text.
Written Examination1202A50Unseen written exam: kanji/vocabulary/grammar test, JPN>ENG translation, reading/listening comprehension of unseen texts.
Oral Examination152M15N/A
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 assessmnt1M10Slides preparation and oral presentation
Written exercise2M15Written assignments, Vocab and Kanji tests in semester 1 and 2.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Regular 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 portfolio of written coursework provide motivation for independent learning and allow students to monitor their progress. The formal written examination combined with listening comprehension, and oral examination provide a summary assessment.
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 continuous assessment.
Listening skills are assessed as part of the formal examination in Semester 2.
Speaking skills are assessed in formal examination.
Reading skills are assessed by formal written exams.

Reading Lists

Timetable