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Unit information: Advanced Japanese in 2018/19

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Unit name Advanced Japanese
Unit code UWLP30003
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Foster
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

Satisfactory completion of LANG31046 or if individual language level is deemed appropriate, particularly following a Year Abroad in Japan.

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit provides further development of students’ knowledge of the target language at an advanced level. It is intended:

  • To introduce and develop the linguistic structures and terminology which will enable the student to pursue academic goals of their chosen discipline
  • To develop and offer practice in specific academic skills such as those necessary for taking notes from lectures, giving oral presentations and writing an extended report on a core subject related topic
  • To equip students with the background knowledge which will enable them to integrate quickly in the social, cultural and academic environment of the target language

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  1. be able to communicate both orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy and fluency.
  2. be able to work at a post-intermediate level with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.
  3. have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language
  4. Be able to understand and interpret written texts at a post-intermediate level
  5. Be able to respond to written texts at a post-intermediate level

Overall, students will attain a level comparable the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JPLT) Level N3.

Teaching details

3 hours of teaching per week covering all four topics of Reading writing speaking and listening. Classroom based learning is supplemented by online access to resources delivered via Blackboard. Regular formative homework is set.

Assessment Details

Assessment type

Skills assessed

University week & date

ILOs assessed

Class Test (25%) Listening Weeks 23/24 in class 1, 2, 3
Oral Test (25%) Speaking Weeks 23/24 in class 1, 2, 3
Formal Examination (50%) Reading & Writing Week 25 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are assigned equal weighting for the purposes of assessment (25% each).

  • For reading and writing there is a formal examination in the summer examination period, which comprises 50% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Listening is assessed by a class test at the end of TB2, which comprises 25% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3.
  • Speaking is tested by an oral test at the end of TB2. This assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3.

Reading and References

A course book clearly identified by the Director of Foreign Language Teaching as suitable for this level. Reading and reference material will be provided on Blackboard.

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