This module aims to help students with no prior Japanese knowledge to establish a solid foundation in their Japanese study, bringing their Japanese language proficiency to a level equivalent to CEFR A1.
All the Japanese 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 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 B2, though students with some initial knowledge would be at C1.
A Demonstrate understanding of simple words and phrases when spoken in the target language
B Demonstrate recognition of familiar names, words, phrases and simple sentences in text format in the target language
C Use the target language to deliver personal information and interact orally in a simple way
D Use the target language to write about themselves and where they live, using short, simple phrases
This module takes a communicative approach to language teaching, and involves a high level of interaction between teacher and 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 tutorial per week. Students will have 4 hours per week of integrated skills class, covering reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The tutorial session will be designed to support student learning in and after class.