This module is intended for students with pre-existing Japanese language ability equivalent to CEFR A2+ level. The module aims to bring students to an exit level of Japanese language proficiency that is equivalent to CEFR B1+ level.
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 straightforward information spoken clearly in the target language about everyday and study-related topics, identifying both general messages and specific details
B Demonstrate a confident understanding of the main points in straightforward texts in the target language on subjects of personal or professional interest
C Use the target language to give a prepared presentation, answer clear questions, and express opinions on abstract topics, such as films and music, in the context of a discussion
D Use the target language to write about a variety of familiar subjects well enough for others to follow their narrative or argument
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 hour seminars plus 1 hour of tutorial per week. Students will have 4 hours per week of integrated skills class, covering reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The tutorial sessions will be designed to support student learning in and after class.