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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1021 Elementary Japanese

20 creditsClass Size: 14

Module manager: Christopher Lacey

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Evidence of study at beginners' level

This module is mutually exclusive with

EAST1250Elementary Japanese Language
FLTU1125Elementary Japanese 10 Credits

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is for students who already have a basic knowledge of the language and wish to take their Japanese to the next level. The emphasis is on achieving a practical level of communication in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) while developing greater confidence and accuracy when using the language in a limited range of situations. The module also aims to stimulate students' interest in Japan and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Japanese society and some of the major cultural and linguistic differences.


With their beginners' competence in Japanese, students taking this module should be able to build on their existing knowledge of the language and develop and extend their ability to communicate and function in Japanese.

They should also further develop their understanding of Japanese culture and know how to avoid major social, cultural and linguistic faux pas when speaking Japanese and/or when in Japan.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of commonly used instructions, commands and expressions in the topics covered;
- read short texts in Japanese;
- extract accurately the key information from audio and/or video material;
- handle short conversations in a familiar context;
- understand, and make themselves understood by, a sympathetic native speaker in specific contexts;
- demonstrate awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of Japanese and English;
- understand the rules of writing kanji, write a limited number of words using the characters introduced in the module and produce short pieces of independent writing;
- demonstrate their knowledge of key areas of grammar.


1. Describing the characteristics of a person, place or thing
2. Giving opinions, making comparisons and asking preferences
3. Talking about routines, habits and interests
4. Understanding and giving common instructions and commands
5. Understanding and putting into practice the rules of writing up to 160 kanji characters
6. Health and illnesses
7. Changes and developments regarding places and people
8. Making a detailed self-introduction
9. Feelings and emotions
10. Arranging to meet, accepting and declining invitations
11. Making phone calls
12. Talking about problems and explaining solutions.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class202.0040.00
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Guided independent study each week including homework, review of the lesson as well as preparation, practice and consolidation for the weekly classes, the portfolio and the final exam.

The portfolio provides a framework for independent learning, enabling students to take more control over what they need to focus on, make their own choice of materials and employ their preferred style of learning.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Guided independent study, participation in class, feedback on core tasks, feedback on homework and preparation for the final speaking exam.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio1 task for reading and 1 task for writing50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 25/09/2023


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