SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Advanced Practical Japanese (Masters)

Module Code:
15PEAC021
Status:
Module Not Running 2016/2017
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year
This course further develops and consolidates the listening, speaking and writing skills which the students have acquired so far. It focuses on current affairs such as environmental issues, and globalization. It aims to prepare the student to use the language actively in the society. Such exercises as note-taking, summarising, and public speaking will be conducted to develop the language skills. Students will write an essay in Japanese of 6,000 characters and present it to the class.

Prerequisites

Advanced Japanese language skills.

1500 kanji. Please click the 'Kanji Preparation' link on the right hand side on this page for more information.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • communicate fluently and appropriately in Japanese;
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the structures, registers, etc. of Japanese;
  • demonstrate a broad knowledge and, using appropriate methodologies, a critical understanding of the cultures and societies of Japan.

Also as generic skills, the student should be able to:

  • communicate information, ideas and arguments cogently and coherently both orally and in writing;
  • gather, process and evaluate critically information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources;
  • be an effective and self-aware independent learner.

Workload

A total of 22 weeks teaching with 66 hours of classroom contact. 10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS. Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

Scope and syllabus

This course develops and consolidates the communication skills, reading skills and writing skills, and mediation skills both from English to Japanese and from Japanese to English. It focuses on current issues such as politics and globalization. It aims to prepare the student to use the language skills in society. Such exercises as research, comprehension, critical reading, discussion and academic writing will be conducted to develop the language skills. Students will write an essay in Japanese of 6,000 characters and present it. In addition, 10 seminar attendances are required. The aim will be to reach the Level C1 of CEFR.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); an oral presentation (term 2 or 3) of an essay in Japanese of 6,000 characters to be submitted on day 1 together with language portfolio, term 3 (20%); continuous assessment (20%).

Suggested reading

The reading list for this course will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the course.

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