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JAPA9019 Japanese Language Stage 1B

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

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 Stage 1 is approximately equivalent to reaching Levels A2 of the Common European Framework. After completing this single semester module, as a competent language user at the end of Stage 1, 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.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Understand phrases and high frequency vocabulary relating to areas of most personal relevance.
  • Communicate using grammatically simple phrases and sentences with a degree of accuracy.
  • Use a bilingual dictionary (a) to ascertain meaning of unknown key words in L2 and (b) to locate appropriate equivalents in L1 and L2.
  • Employ basic skills in using resources (people, materials and facilities) to support and increase your own learning.
  • Express lack of understanding to another TL user.
  • Use simple formulaic expressions to aid interaction.
  • Know some basic metalanguage (terminology) in English or your first language so as to understand and construct basic grammatical descriptions.
  • Know some of the basic grammatical structures and everyday vocabulary of the TL.
  • Understand that the TL is not a mirror of your first language.
  • Develop a basic awareness of aspects of everyday life and aspects of target language culture, such as the use of the language in the world, basic geography, significant people, places and events.
  • Understand basic spoken information/interaction in conversation with a sympathetic TL speaker relating to predictable everyday situations.
  • Engage with written texts in familiar formats to understand general meaning.
  • Extract simple facts or data relating to everyday situations from written texts.
  • Participate in simple transactions and conversations concerning everyday situations.
  • Provide and ask for simple information relating to areas of immediate concern, with a certain degree of confidence and initiative.
  • Talk about self and others using simple phrases/sentences.
  • Present information on familiar topics with a degree of accuracy.
  • Construct short written texts to communicate basic information relating to familiar topics.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • begin to extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.
  • begin to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking.
  • begin to develop problem-solving skills.
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
  • Perseverance
  • Development of memory
  • Attention to detail


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.

Independent Study102
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list



Assessment Strategy

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.


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 40%
Examination 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%
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