ULJA51030 - LEAP Japanese 3

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: LEAP Japanese 2 or equivalent e.g. JLPT N5, or a GCSE grade 6 or above taken in the last 3 years, or LEAP Japanese 1 if the final mark is 75% or higher.
  • 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
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

The course aims to further develop the skills acquired in LEAP Japanese 1 & 2. It extends the emphasis on communication and comprehension skills through the use of high frequency language expressions used to describe topics of personal interest, current affairs and specific themes. This will enable students to conduct brief oral exchanges related to limited specific topics or themes or to give a short presentation or information about an event. It also further consolidates the grammar already acquired, and enhances students’ skills in reading and writing by equipping them with a broader range of vocabulary to enable them to read and write longer and more complex texts.

Learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate a deeper understanding grammatical rules;
  • demonstrate competency in comprehension and listening through accurately extracting key information from written and audio sources on specific familiar topics related to personal interest and current affairs;
  • recognize and use known expressions and fundamental phrases that are used in everyday situations
  • communicate orally in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar topics with reasonable fluency;
  • independently write short texts on limited familiar topics using a variety of vocabulary and formulaic expressions.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

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

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

Nature of the 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

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Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

Genki 1, Third Edition (Japan Times). ISBN-13 : 978-4789017305 in semester 1; Genki 2, Third Edition (Japan Times). ISBN-13 : 978-4789017329 in semester 2.

If you already have Second Edition ones, you can use them.

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

ULJA51040 LEAP Japanese 4

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.