This module is intended for students with pre-existing Japanese language ability equivalent to CEFR B1+ level. The module aims to bring students to an exit level of Japanese language proficiency that is equivalent to CEFR B2 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 the main ideas of complex speech on concrete and abstract topics delivered in a standard dialect of the target language
B Demonstrate understanding of articles, reports and reviews in which the writers express specific points of view in the target language
C Use the target language to present a topical issue in a critical manner, and weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of various options in the context of either a presentation or a discussion
D Use the target language to produce writing that gives reasons in support of or against a particular point of view, or explains the advantages and disadvantages of various options
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.