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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 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap Location Durham


  • Japanese Language 2B or equivalent qualification, subject to decision by the module's language coordinator.


  • At least one additional level 2 module in Japanese Studies

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Any CFLS-coded Japanese Language modules.


  • To consolidate and widen further the knowledge of the Japanese language, including grammar and lexis; ï‚·
  • To enhance communicative proficiency in Japanese further, in both writing and oral (presentation and interaction); ï‚·
  • To develop further listening and reading skills; ï‚·
  • To broaden the knowledge of traditional and contemporary Japan; ï‚·
  • To develop intercultural awareness


  • The development of the students' language skills (reading, writing, listening, spoken production and interaction) will be integrated into a framework focusing on various aspects of contemporary Japan (culture, politics, everyday life, social issues, etc.); ï‚·
  • Course book materials will be supplemented with multimedia resources available online; ï‚·
  • There will be two one-hour seminars and one-hour language lab class a week, which will be used to consolidate and develop grammatical and lexical knowledge as well as to practice oral, aural and writing skills.
  • 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:
  • By the end of this module, students will be able to demonstrate: ï‚·
  • the ability to carry out basic research in the target language and present an oral and written summary; ï‚·
  • a sound broad knowledge of some aspects of traditional and contemporary Japan; ï‚·
  • a good knowledge and understanding of the cultures and societies in Japan gained through the study of cultural products; ï‚·
  • a sound broad knowledge and understanding of the Japanese linguistic principles, structures and registers used in various types of documents (essays, newspaper articles, songs, adverts, websites, etc.).
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of this module, students will be able to: ï‚·
  • write on a wide range of various contemporary Japanese issues, expressing and discussing views; ï‚·
  • enter unprepared into conversation and issues related both to familiar and unfamiliar topics; ï‚·
  • understand and report on the main points of clear standard speech and authentic aural passages on various topics; ï‚·
  • apply a range of grammatical principles; ï‚·
  • make effective use of reference material such as grammars and dictionaries; ï‚·
  • use a range of language learning techniques and skills effectively by independently developing strategies to extend their lexis and knowledge of grammar.
Key Skills:
  • By the end of this module, students will be able to: ï‚·
  • give an oral presentation in Japanese; ï‚·
  • write an essay demonstrating the ability to organise ideas in a logical and coherent sequence in sustained prose and critically analyse arguments; ï‚·
  • communicate information, ideas and arguments both orally and in writing; ï‚·
  • independently gather, process and reference information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic resources; ï‚·
  • use IT effectively both as a means of communication and as an aid to learning.

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

  • This module is delivered through seminar style classes and multimedia lab sessions. ï‚·
  • Contact time will be used to introduce new material and provide the students with high quality target language input from the module tutor and multimedia sources. ï‚·
  • Small group teaching (up to 15 students) will allow for the development of oral/aural skills as it offers all students the chance to participate in various communicative activities in pairs and groups. ï‚·
  • Ideally, seminar sessions would be particularly suitable in classrooms equipped with interactive white board facilities as it will allow the module tutor to put into place communicative activities stimulating the students and encouraging them to fully participate in the class. ï‚·
  • In preparation for each session students will be expected to revise new material and complete formative language exercises. ï‚·
  • The assessment scheme for this module is designed to test students' level of attainment in language production (speaking and writing) and reception (listening and reading). In order to reflect the continuous nature of the language learning process the module will be assessed by a combination of formative and summative in-course assessment and by formal written examination.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Topic-based Comprehension and Textual Analysis 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Grammar and Written Practice 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Listening Practice 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Preparation and Reading 137
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Exam 2 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:

Regular homework/assignments will be given to the students to practise and consolidate what they have done in class and to prepare the following session. There will be formal formative assessment: Listening Comprehension test 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