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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST1210 Basic Japanese Language (1)

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Ayako Yoshino

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This intensive Japanese language module is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those who have limited knowledge of the language. It progresses fast and aims to help students to improve all their four basic skills in a balanced way through lectures and practicals. Students will be engaged in an interactive and communicative learning environment.


This module is designed for students who have limited or no previous exposure to Japanese. The objective of the module is to help students build a solid foundation of the four basic skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing in an interactive and communicative learning environment.

Learning outcomes
1. Be familiar with standard Japanese pronunciation and with both Japanese syllabaries (hiragana and katakana) and basic Japanese kanji
2. Be able to understand and reproduce the essential features of Japanese grammar
3. Be able to read short texts in Japanese
4. Be able to translate sentences and short texts from Japanese into English and vice versa
5. Be able to type East Asian characters on a computer and master basic related IT skills
6. Be able to respond to aural comprehension questions in Japanese
7. Be able to conduct simple dialogues in Japanese


The module will consist of 8 student contact hours per week. These will comprise:
1. Introduction to new grammatical points,
2. Practical exercises based on new grammatical points,
3. Listening comprehension,
4. Reading and translation. At the outset of the module, students will be taught the two Japanese syllabifies (hiragana and katakana) and will subsequently be introduced to basic kanji characters .

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours80.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation and follow up for each class
Preparation for assessment

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Assessed coursework (1 x hiragana test; 1 x katakana test; vocabulary tests; kanji tests)
Mid-semester Language test (non-assessed)
Compositions in Japanese & written exercises (both non-assessed)

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentContinuous assessment25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

No re-sit is available for the in-course assessment.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S1)2 hr 00 mins45.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:39:00


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