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JAPA9020 Japanese Language Stage 2A

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 the full Stage 2, over 2 semesters, is approximately equivalent to reaching Level B1 of the Common European Framework, or a good AS level, or C at A level. Taking this single semester module at Stage 2 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 2, 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:

  • Begin to recognise and understand common vocabulary and sentence structures relating to a variety of everyday situations and topics.
  • Express opinions and ideas with increasing grammatical accuracy, but limited by first language structures
  • Identify key words in predictable written and spoken language, and begin to guess the meaning of unknown words using appropriate clues such as grammatical structure, morphology, phonics and context.
  • Use a bilingual dictionary and basic grammar reference materials to check simple grammar and key vocabulary.
  • Use a small repertoire of skills in using resources for independent language learning in order to practise and extend vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.
  • Begin to generate language from your own knowledge rather than repeating set phrases.
  • Start to take some risks in trying out the language.
  • Clarify and confirm meaning appropriately with another TL speaker on familiar topics.
  • Initiate and maintain interaction on familiar topics.
  • Use a limited range of formulaic expressions appropriately to aid interaction.
  • Identify and approximate key TL sounds/sound sequences and intonation patterns.
  • Understand the main points of spoken information/interaction relating to everyday contexts when delivery is familiar or standard speech.
  • Be aware of some forms of language use which vary according to social relationships, situations and media of communication.
  • Know sufficient metalanguage (terminology) in English or your first language to start to understand and construct simple grammatical descriptions.
  • Know the basic and some more complex grammatical structures of the TL and a range of vocabulary in everyday situations and on familiar topics.
  • Begin to understand the ways in which the TL is different from your first language.
  • Have an awareness of key areas of the target language culture, such as the use of the language in the world, basic geography, significant people, places, events, arts and the media.
  • Understand main ideas and some detail of short authentic texts in many common genres.
  • Know how to extract information, ideas and opinions relating to predictable everyday situations and topics.
  • Maintain conversations and simple discussions relating to most everyday contexts.
  • Ask for and give facts and information on topics of personal interest and brief descriptions and explanations.
  • Start to manipulate language dealing with personal interests and experiences using short, connected sentences.
  • Express opinions, ideas and simple concepts.
  • Construct short written texts in order relating to a variety of situations and topics.
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.
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 presents and practices key language structures, integrating them with strategies for communication and with key cultural topics. Published materials will be supplemented by handouts and other media which the course tutor will provide or recommend. 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 by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in the target language. You will also be expected to prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write short assignments and generally acquire 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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