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Undergraduate Course: Japanese Language Post Beginner (ASST08058)

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 Beginner.
Teaching will be aimed at enabling students to speak, read and write Modern Japanese at a pre-intermediate level, equivalent to Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5 or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level A1/A2.
The course provides essential grounding for the pre-intermediate level course "Japanese Language Pre-Intermediate" and subsequent study to the lower intermediate-level continuation course.
This course is intended primarily for students taking Japanese honours and priority will be given to those students when spaces are limited.
A good deal of private study is necessary to meet the requirements of the course.

This course is not available to native or near-native speakers of Japanese. 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 Post Beginner will cover all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). It will introduce the three sets of Japanese characters, grammar and vocabulary at the pre-intermediate level of Japanese language, such as numbers, location words, verbs in present and past tenses, adjectives etc through a lot of fun communicative activities in class. It also covers useful expressions for daily life such as shopping, ordering at a restaurant, asking for directions, talking about weather, booking a flight / hotel room etc.

Japanese Language Post Beginner is taught through a series of classes focussed on different aspects of language learning. As offered in the University's Hybrid Model, the majority of 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 Application class mainly 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 Beginner (ASST08059)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Japanese Language Beginner (ASST08059)
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:  8
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 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exams (60%)
- Regular online tests (40%) (LO1,3,4)
- Oral exam (10%) (LO1,2)
- Practical exam (10%) (LO1,2,3)

Course work (40%, 10% each)
- Oral assignment (LO1,2,4)
- Writing assignment (LO1,3,4)
- Group project work (LO1,2,4,5)
- Portfolio of homework (LO1,3)
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:  25
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 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exams (60%)
- Regular online tests (40%) (LO1,3,4)
- Oral exam (10%) (LO1,2)
- Practical exam (10%) (LO1,2,3)

Course work (40%, 10% each)
- Oral assignment (LO1,2,4)
- Writing assignment (LO1,3,4)
- Group project work (LO1,2,4,5)
- Portfolio of homework (LO1,3)
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 post beginner-level Japanese grammar, vocabulary and expressions, with the ability to read, write and use appropriately hiragana, katakana and approximately 200 kanji characters, at the Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5 or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level A1/A2.
  2. interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help, and to understand and to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type, and to hold a very basic discussion to exchange their opinions.
  3. read and write simple short prose with hiragana, katakana and about over 200 kanji characters, in both hand-writing and typing.
  4. utilise basic skills with technology such as use of online dictionaries and master the basic writing skills of Japanese text on computer / mobile devices.
  5. work both independently and in a team for collaborative project work as a successful language learner.
Reading List
Essential textbooks:

1. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese I [Second Edition]
[ With a CD-ROM for Win & Mac ]
Author: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, Kyoko Tokashiki,
ISBN 978-4-7890-1440-3, Publisher: The Japan Times, Published: 11/02/2011.

2. GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook I [Second Edition] [ With a CD-ROM for Win & Mac ]
Author: Eri Banno, Yoko Ikeda, Yutaka Ohno, Chikako Shinagawa, Kyoko Tokashiki,
ISBN 978-4-7890-1441-0, Publisher: The Japan Times, Published: 11/02/2011.

3. 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.

4. 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.



Useful textbooks for kanji study (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. Basic Kanji Book I, Chieko Kano et al., (Tokyo: Bonjinsha, 1989)



Dictionaries (recommended):

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.

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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