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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics

Course Code:
155901255
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Intermediate Japanese (or equivalent).

Procedure

Please note that on line registration alone will not give you an automatic right to attend the course. Please read the PDF for the procedure you need to follow to finalise your course choice. You can download the Registration form here.

Which level am I?

The following sample tests (1 to 4) are a reading comprehension of the final examination in each course. They should give you some ideas as to which course you will be taking.

  1. If you understand the sample test 1 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Basic Japanese 2.
  2. If you understand the sample test 2 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Intermediate Japanese 1.
  3. If you understand the sample test 3 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Intermediate Japanese 2.
  4. If you understand the sample test 4 with relative ease you will be ready to attend Advanced Japanese; Contemporary Texts (previously called Intermediate Japanese 3).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The course will follow Intermediate Japanese and develop to the level required by the course Advanced Japanese. It aims to develop higher intermediate level of competence in both productive (speaking/writing) and receptive skills (reading/ listening) in the target language. Besides the four skills mentioned above, mediation skills (translation to and from Japanese/English) will also form part of the course requirements. At the end of the course students should be able to handle authentic materials and express their opinions on the topics assigned with relative fluency and ease, and should have deepened their understanding of the Japanese society and its people.

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The course is designed to bridge two existing courses: Intermediate Japanese and Advanced Practical Japanese.  It will be taught in Japanese. Whereas Intermediate Japanese concentrates more on the development of the intermediate level of grammar and vocabulary, Higher Intermediate Japanese focuses on content, and provides practice in extensive reading. Students are also expected to participate in a discussion in Japanese for each topic assigned. Resources will include authentic materials dealing with current issues in Japanese society.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (70%), one oral (5-7 minutes – 10%); and two end-of-term reading comprehension and translation tests (20%).

Suggested reading

There is no recommended reading list but students will be referred to the following materials, which will be provided by the department when necessary: 

  • Asahi shinbun ronsetsu iinkai , Tensei jingo, Asahi shinbun sha M.Kaya and A Tsuda (1994), 
  • Nihon o kangaeru itsutsu no kadai, Suri e nettowaku, H.Ito, Y.Mimaki etc. (1990), 
  • Asahishinbun de nihon o yomu, Kuroshio shuppan M.Kaya (1998), 
  • Nihonshakai Tanken, Suri e nettowaku, S.Anodo tec, Topikku ni yoru nihongo sougo enshu, Suri e nettowaku, 
  • Akira Miura & Yasuko Ito Watt (2001), Nihon o shirou: People who played important roles in Japan's Modernization. ALC
Reference books (grammar) 
  • Makino, S. and M, Tsutsui(1995), A dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar
  • The Japan Times Kanji Dictionary