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Undergraduate Course: Japanese Language Pre-Intermediate (ASST08057)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA continuation of Japanese Language Post Beginner. Teaching will be aimed at enabling students to speak, read and write Modern Japanese at a lower intermediate level, closely at the level of Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4 or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level A2.
The course provides essential grounding for the lower intermediate level course and subsequent study to the third-year Japanese Honours Degree level.
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 induction session.
Course description Japanese Language Pre-Intermediate will continue to cover all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and will help students expand their socio-cultural knowledge for communication. It will also provide further knowledge of kanji characters, grammar and vocabulary to the upper elementary level of Japanese language, including honorific expressions, passive forms, causatives etc.

Japanese Language Pre-Intermediate is taught through a series of classes focussed on different aspects of language learning. As offered in the University┐s Hybrid Model, most activities are provided asynchronously, and they require a lot of individual study.

The teaching activities will follow this pattern on a weekly basis:
- The Conversation and Grammar class covers the Conversation and Grammar section of the textbook. This is the main class for the course, and the class will be offered synchronously and asynchronously. (LO1, 2,5)
- The Reading and Writing class covers the Reading and Writing section of the textbook, including kana and kanji characters. This class will be offered mainly asynchronously. (LO1,3,4)
- The Workbook class covers the Workbook of the textbook. This class will be offered mainly asynchronously.(LO1,3)
- The Oral class focuses on developing speaking skills including pronunciation and useful phrases in real situations. This class will be offered mainly asynchronously, with an optional short 1-to-1 weekly session. (LO1,2)
- The Language Project class covers the group project work and other useful skills for learning Japanese such as how to type Japanese characters and online dictionaries. This class will be offered mainly asynchronously. (LO2,4,5)

There will be regular homework assignments throughout the semester. You are also expected to do a set of group work with peer feedback element.

Be sure to read the additional class delivery information before enrolling on this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Japanese Language Post Beginner (ASST08058)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Japanese Language Beginner (ASST08059) OR Japanese Language Post Beginner (ASST08058)
Other requirements Students must pass the placement test for this course (conducted by the end of Week 1).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents must pass the placement test for this course (conducted by the end of Week 1).
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  22
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 66, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 128 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exams (60%)
Regular online tests (40%)
Oral exam (10%)
Practical exam (10%)

Course work (40%, 10% each)
Oral assignment
Writing assignment
Group project work
Portfolio of homework
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
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  8
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 66, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 128 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exams (60%)
Regular online tests (40%)
Oral exam (10%)
Practical exam (10%)

Course work (40%, 10% each)
Oral assignment
Writing assignment
Group project work
Portfolio of homework
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).
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 pre-intermediate level of the language, with the ability to read, write and use appropriately approximately 300 kanji, closely at the level of Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4 or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level A2.
  2. handle simple, straightforward oral communicative tasks in daily social situations, in both formal and informal contexts.
  3. write a simple connected text, describing personal experience or events in both hand-writing and typing, and to read semi-authentic Japanese text with familiar topics with the aid of dictionary.
  4. utilise further reading and writing skills of Japanese text with technology such as websites, emails and blogs on computer / mobile devices.
  5. work both independently and in a team for collaborative project work as a successful language learner in preparation for their year abroad.
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.




Supplemental textbooks for Kanji self-studies:

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


Dictionaries:

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)
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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