ULJA51010 - LEAP Japanese 1

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Japanese before.
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

This course is for absolute beginners. It is designed for those who wish to attain a basic understanding of the Japanese language covering four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It aims to introduce students to the rules of pronunciation, the basics of language structure and the basics of Japanese grammar.
The course will also introduce students to the syllabic hiragana and katakana scripts and the kanji characters.
Students will also acquire limited vocabulary to be able to read simple texts and conduct basic everyday conversation in key areas of everyday communication.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Japanese;
  • understand and read some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write simple messages with the syllabic hiragana and katakana scripts and begin to acquire kanji characters;
  • communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations;
  • have some understanding and knowledge of ways of Japanese life & culture.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time)

Assessment

Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Week 12- Written Exam 30% 
  • Semester two: Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment

Convenor

Nozomi Yamaguchi

Taught by

See timetables

Maximum entry 

22 per group

Set texts

Genki 1, Third Edition (Japan Times). ISBN-13 : 978-4789017305

Recommended texts

Oxford Starter Japanese dictionary (ISBN: 0198601972) OR Oxford Kenkyusha Japanese Learner dictionary, and Oxford Japanese Grammar and Verbs (ISBN: 0198603827). More information at the Oxford University Press website.

Pathway

LEAP Japanese 2. Students may be able to proceed to LEAP Japanese 3 subject to:

  • achieving a mark over 75%
  • Agreeing to study independently the material recommended by the language tutor to reach the Common European Framework level required at the end of LEAP Japanese 2 – A2
  • an entry-level assessment carried out by the tutor.

* By taking this option students agree to cover the material recommended by the language tutor independently. They will be taking this at their own risk. They are not allowed to move back to LEAP Japanese 2 or ask for a refund.

Employability  

Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.