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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)


Department: Modern Languages and Cultures (Japanese)


Type Open Level 2 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap Location Durham


  • Japanese Language 1B (JPNS1012) or equivalent qualification, subject to decision by the module’s language coordinator.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • • Any CFLS coded Japanese Language modules.


  • To further develop linguistic skills acquired at Level 1 across the full range of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • To prepare students for living abroad in terms of language, practical knowledge, and cultural competence.


  • Weekly sessions devoted to the following:
  • Grammar
  • Translation from Japanese into English and comprehension (reading)
  • Translation from English into Japanese and composition (writing)
  • Kanji writing
  • Audio-Visual Comprehension (listening)
  • Oral (speaking)
  • The teaching and resources in this module reflect a commitment to linguistic and cultural diversity. It positions the richness of the Japanese-speaking world at the core of its syllabus’

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students will extend their basic vocabulary to a level commensurate with Level 2 study and complete the process of familiarisation with more complex grammatical structures, extend their knowledge of kanji, and become exposed to a greater diversity of registers, including honorific and plain forms, and text-types.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will develop skills in translation (from Japanese into English and English into Japanese), in producing more sophisticated spoken and written Japanese, and in processing aural and visual material in the target language.
Key Skills:
  • Students will begin to develop the ability to work independently within a prescribed framework and across a range of differentiated tasks.
  • On completion of the course, students will be able to present a clear argument in the target language in both oral and written form.
  • Students will gain the ability to present information and /or construct an argument effectively in the target language.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The course involves highly differentiated modes of teaching, appropriate to the specific skills being developed.
  • A grammar lecture will set the context for a series of skills-based sessions, including small-group oral sessions, each focused on one or more of the four particular skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Grammar and Translation 42 2 per week 1 hour 42
Comprehension, Composition and Kanji exercises 42 2 per week 1 hour 42
Listening Comprehension 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Conversation 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Preparation and Reading 274
Total 400

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Grammar, Composition & Translation Exam 3 hours 100% Yes
Component: Oral Examination Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Oral Examination 10 minutes 100% Yes
Component: Listening Comprehension Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Listening Comprehension 1 hour 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

In addition to weekly exercises (kana/kanji & vocabulary), as specified by the teachers, there will be formal formative assessments: Listening Comprehension test and / or Comprehension/Translation test. These will be recorded. Marked scripts will be returned to students.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University