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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Basic Japanese 1 (Postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PJKC008
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate . . . 

  • knowledge and understanding of basic Japanese grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of basic Japanese vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Japanese structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand short passages in written Japanese on limited everyday topics
  • the ability to produce short passages in written Japanese on limited everyday topics
  • the ability to understand spoken Japanese and to engage in short spoken discourse on limited everyday topics
  • the ability to learn Japanese autonomously through independent language-based activities (additional learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 3 hours per week in language classes. An additional 6 hours will be spent in lectures and an further 10 hours will be spent in seminars/tutorials over the 22 week period.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides an introduction to Japanese language with both practical written and spoken Japanese. The three types of script, Hiragana, Katakana and 200 Chinese characters will be introduced.
Individual/group tutorials provided specifically for PG students introduce the students to work on a language learning portfolio and assist the students to pursue required components, such as listening/writing/translation tasks. The language learning portfolio enables the students to take the initiative to learn the language, which is the essential additional aspect of the PG language acquisition course. Group tutorials are shared with those for Basic Japanese 2.

The course provides students with a basic knowledge of Japanese and practice of using Japanese in limited everyday situations. It will allow students to interact with Japanese speakers in Japanese within the level covered in the course with some help. The insight to Japanese language will provide students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Japanese language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Japanese.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%). A ten-minute oral examination (10%). Continuous assessment (including quiz, test, assignment and class performance) (20%). A language learning portfolio (20%).