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Undergraduate Course: Japanese Language Mid-Intermediate (ASST08069)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is a continuation of Japanese Language Lower Intermediate, and the fifth level of SCQF Level 8 Pre-Honours Japanese Language courses (1. Beginner; 2. Post Beginner; 3. Pre-Intermediate; 4. Lower Intermediate). This course is aimed at students who began their studies at Edinburgh with prior knowledge of Japanese language and provides further intensive language work during the second year. Teaching will be aimed at enabling students to speak, read and write Modern Japanese at lower to mid-intermediate level of the language, equivalent to Japanese Language Proficiency Test level N3, or B1 level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The course helps students to move forward to study independently, and is intended particularly for the third-year Japanese Honours Degrees as well as those who wish to take a non-compulsory study abroad in Japan who need to attain the level of CEFR B2 by taking a subsequent course after this. It requires a large amount of independent study, including the project work.

This course is intended primarily for students taking Japanese Honours and priority will be given to those students when spaces are limited.

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

A placement test and questionnaire on students' background in Japanese language studies will be conducted in the first class.
Course description Japanese Language Mid-Intermediate will continue to cover all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) to help students to acquire limited but broad socio-cultural knowledge for effective communication so that they can deal with most day-to-day situations likely to arise while travelling or living in Japan.
The course focuses on more reading skills for comprehending longer, authentic texts in the field of Japanese culture and society, as well as to consolidate the grammar, vocabulary and kanji foundation they studied at the beginners' level. The course will cover more academic types of activities (e.g. reading followed by discussions, presentations, writing short essays, project work).

The course is taught in the main class and tutorial to cover all aspects of language learning, with the main textbook and the workbooks. These classes are expected to be supplemented by individual study.

There will be tests and quizzes throughout the year, as well as oral activities and writing assignments. Students are also expected to do a set of group work exercises with a peer feedback element.

Students should be sure to read the additional class delivery information before enrolling on this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential textbook and workbooks:
Tobira, Gateway to Advanced Japanese: 42.99; Tobira Grammar Workbook: 28.50; Tobira Kanji Workbook: 28.50 (all of them are used in the previous course).

Recommended textbooks for self-study for kanji characters: Kanji Look and Learn Textbook: 23.50; Kanji Look and Learn workbook: 15.50)
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesCompleted the beginner level of Japanese (JLPT N4 or CEFR A2-B1)
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 55, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 139 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree exam (60%): 2 hour written paper (40%) in December / May diet; Practical exams (20%)
Course work (40%): tasks, tests, assignments
Feedback Feedback is an essential element of all aspects of the course. Students will receive timely and detailed feedback on formal homework assignments and class tests. They will also receive informal feedback throughout the semester on performance in classes. They should make use of both forms of feedback to help them see where they are doing well, as well as areas which need improvement. Effective use of feedback will help maximise performance in final and degree examinations.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 55, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 139 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree exam (60%): 2 hour written paper (40%) in December / May diet; Practical exams (20%)
Course work (40%): tasks, tests, assignments
Feedback Feedback is an essential element of all aspects of the course. Students will receive timely and detailed feedback on formal homework assignments and class tests. They will also receive informal feedback throughout the semester on performance in classes. They should make use of both forms of feedback to help them see where they are doing well, as well as areas which need improvement. Effective use of feedback will help maximise performance in final and degree examinations.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. use the mid-intermediate level of the language, equivalent to Japanese Language Proficiency Test level N3, or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level B1.
  2. understand straightforward factual texts on subjects related to their field and interest with a satisfactory level of comprehension.
  3. communicate with some confidence on familiar routines and non-routine matters related to their interests as well as more abstract, cultural topics.
  4. produce straightforward connected texts on a range of familiar subjects within his field of interest, by linking a series of shorter discrete elements into a linear sequence.
  5. work both independently and in a team as a successful language learner in preparation for their year abroad.
Reading List
Essential:

1. 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.


2. 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.

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



Recommended:

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.

3. Intermediate Kanji Book VOL.1 (Rev. 3rd Ed.)
Authors: Chieko Kao et al.
Publisher: Bonjinsha
ISBN-10: 4893588109
ISBN-13: 978-4893588104
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Personal and intellectual autonomy: Self-awareness and reflection; independent learning and development; creative and inventive thinking, knowledge integration and application

Personal effectiveness: Planning, organising and time management; team working; assertiveness and confidence; flexibility.

Communication: Interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication, presentation.
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserMs Fumiko Narumi-Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 6971
Email: F.Narumi-Munro@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
Email: vivien.macnish-porter@ed.ac.uk
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