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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1029 Beginners Japanese 10 Credits Semester 2

10 creditsClass Size: 17

Module manager: Kwok Wai Ng

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

FLTU1020Beginners Japanese
FLTU1022Beginners Japanese
FLTU1025Beginners Japanese 10 credits Semester 1

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

Beginners Japanese 10 credits is for students who have not previously studied Japanese. The emphasis is on achieving a basic level of communication in speaking, listening, reading and writing and an introduction to Japanese culture. You may want to learn a new language or you may already have an interest in Japan – whatever your reason, this module provides a fascinating insight into the country and the language and will equip you with some basic language ability and intercultural awareness.


This module introduces students to Japanese and develops their ability to communicate at a beginner’s level. Students should master the two syllabaries – hiragana and katakana - develop a basic understanding of everyday vocabulary, understand the rules of pronunciation and have a basic grasp of the relevant grammar for this level. They should also develop an awareness of Japanese culture and be able to advise a friend on how to avoid major social, cultural and linguistic ‘faux pas’ when speaking Japanese in the situations covered by the module.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to:
1. Read and write using the two syllabaries in Japanese, hiragana and katakana
2. Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to use, commonly used vocabulary and everyday expressions in the topics covered
3. Understand and make themselves understood by a sympathetic native speaker in specific contexts
4. Demonstrate a basic awareness of grammar
5. Demonstrate a basic awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of Japanese and English

Skills outcomes


The module covers topics such as:
• Exchanging personal information about yourself and your family
• Understanding and expressing numbers, the time, days and dates
• Shopping, including describing price, location, opening and closing times
• Talking about likes and dislikes
• Deciding on a restaurant and making an order
• Cultural awareness

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class102.0020.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Guided independent study each week (20 hours), review of the lesson (10 hours), preparation for the weekly classes (20 hours), and for the assessments (28 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly homework, peer and tutor feedback, mock tasks as preparation for assessment. Opportunities for script practice, tutor and peer evaluation using online platform Padlet.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins50.00
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally 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: 10/10/2023


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