SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

Japanese 1 A (PG)

Module Code:
15PJKH035
Credits:
15
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Term 1

This is a basic introductory language acquisition module for absolute beginners in the written and spoken language; students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script. The module covers several basic constructions of the language, enabling students to acquire basic skills in reading, writing, comprehension and speaking. Successful students will gain the ability to read and write short simple texts, and communicate on simple everyday topics. Emphasis will be placed on good pronunciation and on the social and linguistic conventions of everyday conversation.

Prerequisites

No previous knowledge of Japanese is required. However, students are expected to be able to use Hiragana and Katakana by the first day of teaching (please click for details).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will:

  1. Gain knowledge and understanding of basic grammar
  2. Gain knowledge and understanding of essential vocabulary
  3. Gain knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic structures and expressions in a given context
  4. Demonstrate the ability to understand sentences and short passages in written language on certain everyday topics
  5. Demonstrate the ability to produce sentences in written language on certain everyday topics
  6. Demonstrate the ability to produce sentences in spoken language on certain everyday topics
  7. Demonstrate the ability to understand spoken sentences on certain everyday topics

Workload

Total of 10 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Method of assessment

A mid term test (week 4, term 1) of 40 minutes duration (30%); an end of term test (final week of term 1) of 60 minutes duration (70%).

Suggested reading

Core texts are all held in library, students will be informed of any necessary text books in introductory materials.

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