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Undergraduate Course: Japanese Language 4A (ASST10125)

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 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaAsian Studies Other subject areaLanguage Sciences
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course aims are as follows:
¿ To familiarize students with Japanese passages which handle different subject matter and use different styles
¿ To increase students' vocabulary, such that they are able to recognize the characters recommended for daily use
¿ To increase and consolidate students' knowledge of Japanese grammar and syntax
¿ To provide students with the opportunity to consider how best to produce fluent, idiomatic English translations which reflect the style and intent of the originals
¿ To provide students with the opportunity to practise reading comprehension and to develop their skills in summarizing Japanese texts in English
The course will deal with understanding Japanese language and concentrate on the areas of translation from Japanese to English, summarising Japanese texts in English and reading comprehension. In the first semester, the work will consist of a series of tasks in translating from Japanese to English and providing English summaries of Japanese texts. Students will also have the opportunity to consider theoretical and practical implications of translation and precis and to practise advanced grammatical analysis. This will be done both through class discussion of the tasks assigned and through lectures delivered in conjunction with Japanese Language 4B. During the first half of the second semester, seminars will be delivered by different members of staff, focusing on approaches to reading and translating Japanese in their respective areas of expertise. During the second half of semester two, students will work independently or in groups on a translation assignment.

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 Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNormally passes in courses equivalent to Japanese Year Abroad 3 and Japanese Language 3. Admission to the course is to be determined at the discretion of the Course Organiser.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 66, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 8 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Japanese Language 4A3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
¿ Produce accurate and effective English translations of Japanese texts, using a written style that is appropriate to the context and reflects that of the source text
¿ Read, understand, translate and summarize in English Japanese texts that use the characters recommended for daily use and advanced grammar and syntax
¿ Describe, explain and analyse Japanese grammar and syntax to an advanced level

Assessment Information
Semester 1: degree examination (December diet): 50%
Semester 2: Participation and contribution to tutorials 10%
Translation assignment 40%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Semester 1:
Week 1 Introductory lecture(no tutorial)
Week 2 Lecture 2: Contrastive Language Studies
Week 3 Tutorial: practical exercises in reading and précis
Week 4 Tutorial: practical exercises in translation
Week 5 Lecture 3: Language skills for Literary Translation
Week 6 Tutorial: translating literary texts 1
Week 7 Tutorial: translating literary texts 2
Week 8 Lecture 4: Support tools in Translation Practice
Week 9 Tutorial: using support tools for understanding the text
Week 10 Tutorial: using support tools for translation
Week 11 Exam guidance

Semester 2:
Week 1 Legal Translation
Week 2 Theatre Translation
Week 3 Cultural-specific issues in Translation
Week 4 Media Translation
Week 5 Buddhism in Translation
Week 6 Innovative Learning Week (no class)
Week 7 Project guidance
Weeks 8-12 Project work
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsAS Jap Lang 4A
Course organiserDr Helen Parker
Tel: (0131 6)50 4230
Course secretaryMr David Horn
Tel: (0131 6)50 4227
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