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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST2212 Japanese 2A: Written Communication Skills

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Yuka Oeda

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

EAST9012 Year Abroad in Japan
EAST1220 Basic Japanese Language (2)


EAST1220Basic Japanese Language (2)

Module replaces

EAST 2210 Using Japanese (2)EAST 2230 Understanding Japanese (2A)EAST 2240 Understanding Japanese (2B)

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module aims to further develop written communication skills in Japanese based upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Level 1 and Year Abroad.

By the end of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1) Comprehend wide range of texts on familiar/social issues within a reasonable time frame without depending too much on a dictionary;
2) Demonstrate various writing skills on familiar/social topics in accordance with the purposes and contexts such as letters, reports and essays;
3) Express their own opinions clearly with accurate and appropriate use of intermediate grammar and vocabulary;
4) Acquire basic English-Japanese translation skills.

Learning outcomes
To write Japanese fluently and accurately in all language tasks and, in translation between English and Japanese, to use both languages accurately, with correct spelling and grammar.

Skills outcomes
Development of overall written communication skills


This module will focus on both reading and writing skills, with special emphasis on written communication skills. Reading skills will be developed through reading various texts on familiar/social topics, and writing skills will be also improved through various writing exercises, compositions and English-Japanese translations. Grammar exercise will be also provided to consolidate intermediate grammar and expressions.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours137.00
Total Contact hours63.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for the reading and translation materials (40 hours)
Learning grammar and expressions by the designated textbook (20 hours)
Learning kanji by the designated textbook (20 hours)
Homework assignments (grammar sheets, compositions, translation exercises, etc.) (30 hours)
On-line learning using WWW materials (27 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular homework (grammar sheets, compositions, translation exercises, etc.)
Regular quizzes
In-class compositions/translation exercises

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentContinuous assessment10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)10.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins70.00
Open Book exam1 hr 00 mins20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)90.00

The open book exam will be a 1-hour translation exam in a computer cluster on campus under exam conditions. Students will be able to use translation tools, resources online, notes and dictionaries etc and activity will be monitored

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/08/2023


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