JAPA9022 Japanese Language Stage 3A
Aims and Objectives
The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language (TL) at that particular level and in your particular area of interest. We use the word ‘communicate’ in its widest sense, meaning that you will not only be able to talk to people in the language but also to develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing. This means that the module aims for you to understand all the things which affect communication in that language, including knowledge of how the language is used, how it works and how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it is spoken. Successful completion of the full Stage 3, over 2 semesters, is approximately equivalent to reaching Level B2 of the Common European Framework, between Levels 2 and 3 of the National Language Standards, Grade A or B at A Level. Taking this single semester module at Stage 3 will take you part of the way to the outcomes of the full Stage. You are encouraged to take a full language Stage if you want to make significant progress in the language you are learning. After completing this single semester module, as a competent language user at the midpoint of Stage 3, and after a notional 150 hours of study time (class contact plus independent learning), you should have skills, knowledge and understanding in the areas outlined below. These are expressed in terms of what you should know and/or be able to do by the end of this module.
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Understand vocabulary and structures relating to many everyday contexts.
- Express facts and concepts using an appropriate range of vocabulary and some complex structures, but with some first language interference.
- Use a bilingual dictionary and standard grammar reference book to check grammar and a range of vocabulary, and to extend your knowledge.
- Reflect upon your language learning style and progress, and start to set appropriate learning goals
- Use a repertoire of skills in using resources for independent language learning in order to practise and extend vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation and the productive and receptive learning outcomes of this Stage. This repertoire to include using a monolingual dictionary, and a range of learning tasks with authentic video/aural/print materials and computer-based resources.
- Be prepared to take risks in trying out the language and start to monitor your performance.
- Read, watch or otherwise engage with current media in the TL on a regular, if limited, basis.
- Negotiate meaning and opinions appropriately with another TL user on familiar topics, and also on some specialised ones.
- Deploy a range of reading and listening skills which enable you to understand the main points and gist of written and spoken language on familiar topics, and also on some specialised ones.
- Identify and produce with some accuracy most individual TL sounds and some sound sequences.
- Be aware of a limited range of registers.
- Understand the gist of most spoken language relating to familiar contexts when delivered at normal speed in a familiar accent.
- Have reasonable command of the basic grammatical structures of the TL and some complex ones.
- Have command of a range of vocabulary on familiar and some specialised topics.
- Know sufficient metalanguage (terminology), where necessary in English, to understand and construct a range of grammatical and lexical descriptions
- Have a basic understanding of appropriate interactional behaviour and intercultural differences in such behaviour.
- Have an in-depth knowledge of aspects of the target language culture relevant to your studies, such as social issues and current events or topics of current interest in, for example, technology, law, art.
- Understand the main ideas of texts in the most common registers and relating to familiar topics
- Extract key data and main ideas from media texts of general interest with the support of reference materials
- Engage with increasing grammatical correctness and some spontaneity in conversations relating to many everyday topics as well as in conversations on some specialised topics.
- Exchange information on everyday topics as well as on some specialised ones.
- Express ideas and concepts with increasing confidence.
- Manipulate language dealing with everyday topics, as well as a few specialised ones, using an expanding range of grammatical structures and vocabulary with a fair, if sometimes inconsistent, level of accuracy.
- Write texts in a limited range of registers on everyday and some specialised topics.
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Learning, research and organisational skills
- ?Communication skills: written, oral, and IT
- Intercultural and interpersonal skills
- Time management
- Development of memory
- Attention to detail
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.
- engage in analytical and evaluative thinking.
- develop problem-solving skills.
This Stage will integrate topics and, where appropriate, specialist areas with the study of the language. There will be a particular emphasis on consolidating knowledge and use of grammar. Course books, reference material and topic-based material will be used as appropriate. Some of the material will be derived from authentic print and audio-visual media. Independent learning material will be available in the Languages Resources Centre and on Blackboard.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The combination of direct teaching, opportunities for participation, and support for resource-based independent study are specifically designed to ensure that you can achieve communicative competence as outlined in the learning outcomes above. Classes Although part of any class session is likely to involve direct teaching, the emphasis is on student participation and you will be expected to take part actively in discussion and in tasks like small group and pair work, role play, and individual or group presentations. As much of the class as possible will be taught in the target language. While all this may seem daunting, the tutor will give you plenty of support to build your confidence and, particularly in the case of assessed work, will provide feedback which will help you to improve. Independent Learning You will also be expected to spend time studying outside the class, and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. As you progress through the language stages you will learn to understand, monitor and improve your own learning style; you will also acquire some expertise as a researcher and develop the kind of key skills which are valued by employers. You are encouraged to use the Language Resource Centre at the Avenue Campus and at other sites in the University where relevant, such as the Hartley Library. These facilities include on-line and computer-based resources, films on DVD, current newspapers and magazines, language laboratories, satellite TV, and self-access materials. Some of the resources are available on short loan. For this Stage, you will be asked to consolidate your class work, to read, watch or listen to material in the target language, to prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write assignments, undertake projects and continue to build a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.
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Resources & Reading list
At the beginning of the module, you will receive information about your assessment. This will include: ? what tasks you will be expected to carry out. ? clear criteria against which your work will be assessed. ? what the provisional date and deadline of each assessment task is. Note that it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they have read and understood this documentation, to plan their work schedule in advance, and to keep to the deadlines. If you are in any doubt, talk to the module coordinator in good time. Assessment will cover what you have studied in class and what you are expected to have acquired as an independent learner. The design of the tasks and the criteria by which they are assessed ensure that you will be able to demonstrate all aspects of your learning: language skills, strategies and knowledge related to language learning, and key skills. Coursework and the in-class exam will give you formative feedback on your progress, that is, feedback which will help you learn. The exam at the end of the module will test what you have achieved and also what you are able to do in real life conditions of language use where you need to think on your feet and use your own linguistic resources.