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Japanese Language Mid-Intermediate (ASST08069)


Asian Studies





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Visiting Students should have a beginner level of Japanese (JLPT N4 or CEFR A2-B1). Entry is subject to a language proficiency test within the relevant subject area during week 1 and at the discretion of the Course Organiser. Students can only take language courses suited to their language proficiency and may not take two courses in the same language at different levels in the same semester. Please note that this course may incur additional costs for academic materials.

Course Summary

This course is a continuation of Japanese Language Lower Intermediate, and the fifth level of SCQF Level 8 Pre-Honours Japanese Language courses (1. Beginner; 2. Post Beginner; 3. Pre-Intermediate; 4. Lower Intermediate). Teaching will be aimed at enabling students to speak, read and write Modern Japanese at lower to mid-intermediate level of the language, equivalent to Japanese Language Proficiency Test level N3, or B1 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course helps students to move forward to study independently. It requires a large amount of independent study, including the project work. This course is not available to native or near-native speakers of Japanese, or complete beginners. A placement test and questionnaire on students' background in Japanese language studies will be conducted in the first class.

Course Description

Japanese Language Mid-Intermediate will continue to cover all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) to help students to acquire limited but broad socio-cultural knowledge for effective communication so that they can deal with most day-to-day situations likely to arise while travelling or living in Japan. The course focuses on more reading skills for comprehending longer, authentic texts in the field of Japanese culture and society, as well as to consolidate the grammar, vocabulary and kanji foundation they studied at the beginners' level. The course will cover more academic types of activities (e.g. reading followed by discussions, presentations, writing short essays, project work). The course is taught in the main class and tutorial to cover all aspects of language learning, with the main textbook and the workbooks. As offered in the University's Hybrid Model, most activities are provided asynchronously, and they require a lot of individual study. There will be tests and quizzes throughout the course, as well as oral activities and writing assignments. Students are also expected to do a set of group work exercises with a peer feedback element.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 40%, Coursework 40%, Practical Exam 20%

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