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Undergraduate Course: Japanese 2A (ASST08006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaAsian Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionA continuation of Japanese 1. Teaching will be aimed at enabling students to speak, read and write Modern Japanese at an upper-elementary / intermediate level.

This course is not available to native or near-native speakers of Japanese, or complete beginners. If in doubt, contact the Course Organiser.

First meeting: Week 1, Monday (16th September), 11:10 - 12:00, @ David Hume Tower 4.01. Placement test and questionnaire for your background of Japanese language studies will be conducted in the first class.

All students will be given a formative feedback exercise that will be helpful for the assessment for this course and students' general academic development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Japanese 1 (ASST08002)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs textbooks (approximate costs: Genki 2 textbook: £45.50; Genki 2 workbook: £20.50; Kanji Look and Learn textbook: £23.50; Kanji Look and Learn workbook: £15.50 @JP Books before a student discount applied).
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  31
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information 6 hour(s) per week for 22 week(s). Plus 1-hour compulsory oral tutorial(Mon 14.10-15.00 / 15.10-16.00 / Tue 10.00-10.50), and an additional Kanji workshop (1 hour per week, Friday 12.10-13.00), which is compulsory for the students who are intending to proceed to MA Honours Japanese / MA Honours Japanese & Linguistics. Otherwise, Kanji workshop is optional.

The essential textbook and workbook will be needed from the second class (Tuesday in the first week), so it is strongly advised to buy them well in advance at JP-Books ( if this course is compulsory for you (e.g. MA Japanese students).
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 88, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 233 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Japanese 2A Degree Exam3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Japanese 2A3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Aimed overall proficiency level is Intermediate (low).
2. Speaking: able to handle a variety of straightforward communicative tasks in daily social situations.
3. Listening: able to understand sentence-length utterances in both formal/informal contexts.
4. Reading: With about 300-500 kanji characters in total, students will be able to read semi-authentic Japanese text.
5. Writing: able to write a short text in Japanese such as personal letters/essays, and short descriptions. Students will be able to control more complicated syntax towards the end of the course.
Assessment Information
Class work (15%): homework, presentations and participation.
Continuous assessment (35%): class tests, quizzes, assignments and a group project.
Degree exam (50%): 3 hour written paper 40% in May diet, Oral 10%.
Special Arrangements
Please note that students should be enrolled and take the revision/placement test by the end of week 1.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Essential textbooks:

1. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II [Second Edition]
[ With a CD-ROM for Win & Mac ]
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, Kyoko Tokashiki
Publisher: The Japan Times
ISBN: 978-4-7890-1443-4, Published: 30/11/2011.

2. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook II [Second Edition] [ With a CD-ROM for Win & Mac ]
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, Kyoko Tokashiki
Publisher: The Japan Times
ISBN 978-4-7890-1444-1 , Published: 30/09/2011.

Essential textbook for Kanji Workshop:

1. Kanji Look And Learn Textbook:
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Chikako Shinagawa, Kaori Tajima, Kyoko Tokashiki
ISBN: 9784789013499, Publisher: Japan Times Published: May 2009.

2. Kanji Look And Learn Workbook
Authors: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Chikako Shinagawa, Kaori Tajima, Kyoko Tokashiki
ISBN: 9784789013505, Publisher: Japan Times Published: June 2009.

Additional textbooks (from mid Semester 2):

TOBIRA Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia
Authors: Mayumi Oka, Michio Tsutsui, Junko Kondo, Shoko Emori, Yoshiro Hanai, Satoru Ishikawa
Publisher: Kuroshio Publishers, ISBN: 978-4-87424-447-0 C0081, 13/07/2009.

Power Up Your Kanji- 800 Basic Kanji as a Gateway to Advanced Japanese (TOBIRA Gateway to Advanced Japanese series)
Authors: Mayumi Ota, Satoru Ishikawa, Junko Kondo, Michio Tsutsui, Yoshiro Hanai
Publisher: Kuroshio Publishers, ISBN: 978-4-87424-487-6 C0081, 11/08/2010.

Tobira, Gateway To Advanced Japanese : Grammar Power Exercises for Mastery(TOBIRA Gateway to Advanced Japanese series)
Authors: Shoko Emori, Yoshiro Hanai, Satoru Ishikawa
Publisher: Kurosio Shuppan. ISBN: 9784874245705, 2012.

Useful textbooks for kanji for self study:

Basic Kanji Book I & II
Authors: Chieko Kao et al.
Publisher: Bonjinsha
ISBN 4-89358-091-4, 1989.


1. The Japan Foundation Basic Japanese-English Dictionary (Tokyo/Oxford: Bonjinsha & Oxford U.P., 1986)

2. Kenkyusha¿s New Japanese-English and English-Japanese Dictionaries

3. Haig, John W. ed., The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary, based on the classical edition by Andrew N Nelson (Tokyo: Tuttle 1997)

4. Hadamitzy, Wolfgang and Mark Spahn eds., Japanese Character Dictionary with compound lookup via any kanji (Boston: Cheng and Tsui 1991)

Other recommendations will be provided in the course handbook.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsAS Japanese 2A
Course organiserMs Fumiko Narumi-Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 6971
Course secretaryMr David Horn
Tel: (0131 6)50 4227
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