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Japanese Language Pre-Intermediate (ASST08057)


Asian Studies





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Entry is subject to a language proficiency test within the relevant subject area during the first week 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.

Course Summary

A continuation of Japanese Language Post Beginner. Teaching will be aimed at enabling students to speak, read and write Modern Japanese at a lower intermediate level, closely at the level of Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4 or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level A2. The course provides essential grounding for the lower intermediate level course and subsequent study to the third-year Japanese Honours Degree level. 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 induction session.

Course Description

Japanese Language Pre-Intermediate will continue to cover all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and will help students expand their socio-cultural knowledge for communication. It will also provide further knowledge of kanji characters, grammar and vocabulary to the upper elementary level of Japanese language, including honorific expressions, passive forms, causatives etc. Japanese Language Pre-Intermediate is taught through a series of classes focussed on different aspects of language learning. As offered in the University s Hybrid Model, most activities are provided asynchronously, and they require a lot of individual study. The teaching activities will follow this pattern on a weekly basis: - The Conversation and Grammar class covers the Conversation and Grammar section of the textbook. This is the main class for the course, and the class will be offered synchronously and asynchronously. (LO1, 2,5) - The Reading and Writing class covers the Reading and Writing section of the textbook, including kana and kanji characters. This class will be offered mainly asynchronously. (LO1,3,4) - The Workbook class covers the Workbook of the textbook. This class will be offered mainly asynchronously.(LO1,3) - The Oral class focuses on developing speaking skills including pronunciation and useful phrases in real situations. This class will be offered mainly asynchronously, with an optional short 1-to-1 weekly session. (LO1,2) - The Language Project class covers the group project work and other useful skills for learning Japanese such as how to type Japanese characters and online dictionaries. This class will be offered mainly asynchronously. (LO2,4,5) There will be regular homework assignments throughout the semester. You are also expected to do a set of group work with peer feedback element. Be sure to read the additional class delivery information before enrolling on this course.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 50%, Coursework 40%, Practical Exam 10%

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