Aims and Fit of Module
This module is intended for students with pre-existing Japanese language ability equivalent to CEFR A1 level. The module aims to bring students to an exit level of Japanese language proficiency that is equivalent to CEFR A1+ level.
All the Japanese language modules have been developed taking into account the QAA benchmark statements for a full or minor component in a language. QAA benchmark statements relate to the language component comprising at least one-third of the study total, resulting in students at the end of the relevant degree programme being at level C1. These Japanese language modules make up less than one third of study and so the realistic minimum that would be achieved for a student starting at a beginner level in year 1 is CEFR B1, though students with some initial knowledge would be at B2.
A. Demonstrate understanding of sentences and frequently used expressions on everyday topics when spoken slowly in Japanese.
B. Demonstrate understanding of short, simple written texts on everyday topics in Japanese.
C. Communicate orally in simple and direct exchanges of information on familiar topics, including describing past events and future plans, and asking for and giving information.
D. Produce written texts about everyday topics using simple structures in Japanese.
E. Demonstrate basic understanding of Japanese cultures and societies.
Method of teaching and learning
This module takes a communicative approach to language teaching, and involves a high level of interaction between teacher and students as well as amongst students. Teaching and assessment will revolve around the setting and completion of specified language tasks.
This module includes 2*2 hours seminars plus 1 hour lecture per week. Students will have 4 hours per week of integrated skills class, covering reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The lecture, which is a large group practice and review session, will be designed to support student learning in and after class.