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Module

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

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Kumi Casey
  • Lecturer: Dr Michael Tsang, Dr Shiro Yoshioka
  • Other Staff: Ms Etsuko Suda
  • 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 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 four contact hours which are divided as follows:

1. Reading real-world texts:. 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. 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: You will develop skills in writing compositions, summaries, interviews, etc.

4. Tutorials for communication skills: 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

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 teaching721:0072:0036 hours Present in Person. 36 hours online synchronous
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1961:00196:00N/A
Total400:00
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 independent guided study takes place, The homework will be assigned:

- Preparations for readings on a weekly basis
- Writing assignments on a weekly basis
- Kanji practice 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).

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

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 Examination902A30The written exam will contain: kanji test, grammar test, reading of unseen texts.
Written Examination501M10Translation from English to Japanese
Written Examination502M10Translation from Japanese to English
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
JPN4061Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese2Both exams should be paired
JPN4261Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese - Exchange Semester 22Both exams should be paired
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M20Business Japanese Individual/Groupwork over the year. Details of each task are explained in class
Essay2M30Sakubun 1800-2000 characters
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.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable