ULJA51020 - LEAP Japanese 2

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisiteLEAP Japanese 1 or equivalent e.g. GCSE grade 4 or 5 taken in the last 3 years.
  • Co-requisiteIf 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 designed for students who already have some knowledge of the Japanese language and have a basic understanding of the grammar system. The course aims to develop skills acquired in LEAP Japanese 1 in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the fundamentals of grammar already acquired. The course introduces students to a wider range of vocabulary to enable them to read longer texts and conduct a more general everyday conversation in familiar topics of everyday communication in Japan. Topics covered in LEAP Japanese 1 will be revised and extended and new themes will be introduced which will develop understanding of the society and culture of Japan.

 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have acquired the ability to:  

 

  • demonstrate better understanding and knowledge of key grammar points with appropriate usage;
  • demonstrate reasonable competency in comprehension and listening through accurately extracting key information from written and audio sources on specific familiar topics;
  • communicate orally in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar topics;
  • independently write short texts on limited familiar topics.

 

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

Transferable skills

At the end of the course students will have developed their:

  • Active listening skills
  • Skimming and scanning skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to extract and process information textual information
  • Intercultural competence

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 and Yumi Uraki

Taught by

See timetables

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts 

Minna No Nihongo Elementary Japanese 1 (Second Edition): Translation and Grammar Notes  ISBN-13: 978-488319-604-3

Recommended text

TBA

Pathway

ULJA51030 LEAP Japanese 3

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.