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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3285 Japanese 3: Advanced Communication Skills

20 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Kazuki Morimoto

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

Year running 2023/24


EAST2212Japanese 2A: Written Communication Skills
EAST2213Japanese 2C: Written Communication Skills
EAST2222Japanese 2B: Spoken Communication Skills
EAST2223Japanese 2D: Spoken Communication Skills

Module replaces

EAST3211 and EAST3221

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to develop both written and spoken communication skills at the highest level to deal with a wide range of social and academic issues. Grammatical and lexical knowledge will be reinforced through both intensive and extensive reading. Writing skills will be enhanced through compositions and essay-writing exercises. Oral-aural skills will be also consolidated by speech presentations, discussions and listening practice.


To integrate and consolidate all four language skills of Japanese to become able to use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1) Comprehend and summarise the gist of complex and demanding authentic texts on contemporary issues both in and outside of Japan;
2) Convey an effective argument with supportive information when writing on various social/academic issues;
2) Discuss various contemporary and academic issues with an extended amount of vocabulary and expressions, making full use of the knowledge obtained from other study modules;
3) Deliver an effective oral presentation on social/academic issues using PowerPoint and other audio-visual aids;
4) Comprehend various authentic materials such as TV news, documentaries and dramas.
5) Improve their overall skills to a level commensurate with the CEFR C1 and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2 or higher.


Three contact hours per week which consist of 1 Reading class, 1 Writing class and 1 Oral-Aural class. The Reading class will focus on both intensive and extensive reading skills, using a wide range of authentic texts on various social and academic topics. The Writing class will teach effective essay-writing and translation skills, as well as accurate use of advanced grammar and vocabulary. The Oral-Aural class will develop the students' spoken skills through academic presentations, discussions and debates, while providing various listening tasks, such as watching TV news and documentaries.

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 materials - to check the vocabulary and kanji (20 hours)
- Learning grammar and expressions that appear in the reading materials (20 hours)
- Homework assignments (grammar sheets, compositions etc.) (20 hours)
- Preparation for speeches and discussions (40 hours)
- Learning vocabulary and expressions given in the handouts (20 hours)
- On-line learning using WWW materials (17 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored by various formative assessment, including speed-reading tasks, essay assignments, grammar & vocabulary assignments, and in-class compositions. In addition, oral/written feedback will be provided to the student’s discussion/debate skills, including their listening comprehension skills.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentPresentation (10%), Project Essay (20%)30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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) (S2)3 hr 00 mins40.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

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 14:39:01


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