ULJA10022 - Introduction to Spoken Japanese
- Credits: 10
- Level: 1
- Pre-requisite: None
- Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Japanese
- Taught during: Semester 2
- Timetable: Timetable for the course
This course is designed for students who wish to move quickly through the fundamentals of Japanese grammar, while developing some basic communicative skills in Japanese.
It aims to teach students simple structures, lexis and phrases enabling them to communicate effectively in a range of situations in Japan.
Reading and writing Japanese characters is not covered, though time is devoted to learning the alphabet and developing recognition of commonly seen words and signs.
Students are expected to use the range of resources available in the Language Centre and communicate with native speakers wherever possible, in order to develop cultural competence.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will have acquired the ability to:
- Handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Japanese;
- Communicate orally in a limited number of social contexts;
- Perform at Level A1 (Speaking and Listening) of the Common European Framework.
At the end of the course students will have developed their:
- Pair and team work
- Focussed listening
- Ability to deliver informal presentations
- Language awareness
- Cultural appreciation
Teaching and learning methods
One three-hour seminar per week. Students will actively practice new language (words, phrases and grammar) in pairs and groups in class, as well as through written exercises at home; eLearning; Supplementary materials, including links to online resources, to aid students in their independent learning will be available via Blackboard.
One written test (35%), one oral test (35%) and one aural test (30%). The written and aural tests will take place in week 11, the oral test in week 12.
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
16 per group
Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1: Coursebook for communicative language activities - Basic Conversation (ISBN : 978-4-384-05752-2), Publisher: Sanshusha
Following this course, with additional study and/or a short period of time in Japan over the summer period, students may progress to ULJA20110 - Pre-Intermediate Japanese.
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.