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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Asian Studies

Undergraduate Course: Foundation Japanese Language 2 (ASST07016)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is for post-beginners with some knowledge of Japanese language or students who successfully completed Foundation Japanese Language 1. It is not suitable for absolute beginners or students with knowledge of Japanese at Higher/GCSE or above.

All students take all elements of assessment including the examination. Auditing (Class Only) is not allowed.

This course runs in semester 2.
Course description The following list is a description of the contents of the course. Along with each topic and function, relevant vocabulary, grammatical and textual structures, and culture notes will be introduced.

-How to read and type Japanese scripts: hiragana, katakana and kanji (up to 20 characters)
-Everyday activities
-Stating how frequently you do something and give a brief reason for why you do it
-Ordering at a restaurant
-Characteristics of things and people
-Asking and telling where things are
-Basic greetings when visiting people and receiving guests
-Giving and receiving gifts and expressing gratitude
-Expressing your thoughts on things, about experiences
-Making/answering a telephone call
-Inviting someone, accepting or rejecting someone's offer
-Giving a reason for offering someone something
-Schedules in detail such as weekend plans and travel plans
-Asking someone to do something for you
-Giving directions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Foundation Japanese Language 1 (ASST07008)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Japanese Language Beginner (ASST08059) AND Japanese Language Post Beginner (ASST08058) AND Japanese Language Pre-Intermediate (ASST08057) AND Japanese Language Lower Intermediate (ASST08060) AND Japanese Language Mid-Intermediate (ASST08069) AND Japanese Language Upper Intermediate (ASST08068)
Other requirements Successful completion of Foundation Japanese Language 1 or having equivalent knowledge of Japanese language: at least being able to write and read hiragana and katakana.
Additional Costs A textbook
Japanese for Busy People I Kana version (Revised Fourth Edition), AJALT, Kodansha.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  90
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 21, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 21, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
Regular automatically graded online tests per lesson of the textbook and an online listening comprehension and composition (typing) test (100%) (LO1-5)
Feedback Feedback is an essential element of all aspects of the course. You will receive timely and detailed feedback on your formal homework assignments and course work.

You will also receive instant scores and feedback after on continuous assessments via Learn Test throughout semester, as well as instant feedback at their live sessions (online / on-campus).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. communicate using a number of memorised words and phrases relating to a limited range of topics such as ordering food and drinks, inviting people to an event, and talking about travel plans.
  2. read a short text in Japanese if it is written without kanji (Chinese character) or with a limited number (20 characters) of kanji, such as a simple letter or postcard on a limited range of topics such as everyday activities and travels , and write the same type of text electronically.
  3. Understanding cultural diversity: Recognise aspects of Japanese culture, such as landmarks, Japanese houses, performing arts, manners, and festivals.
  4. be familiar with the use of online language learning resources and the virtual learning environment (VLE) to enhance their self-study and continue with Japanese language learning and master the basic writing skills of Japanese text on computer / mobile devices.
  5. develop confidence in language learning and to work both independently and in groups as a successful language learner.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course is open to all students as a credit bearing course, or over and above their full credit load, as a non credit bearing course.

LLC students may only take this course if it is over and above their full credit load, as a non credit bearing course. Visiting Students may only take this course for credits.

Please note that auditing this course is not allowed. You must be enrolled as CE (Class and Assessment including centrally arranged exam).
Additional Class Delivery Information IMPORTANT: Students must attend 1 out of 2 tutorials.

Any enquiries regarding course enrolment, groups, first meeting, and class venues for each groups, etc. should be made to the course secretary.

The First Meeting will take place in week 1 and classes start in week 2. Please see your personalised timetable for location.
Course organiserDr Akihiko Shimizu
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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