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FLTU1125 Elementary Japanese 10 Credits

10 creditsClass Size: 7

Module manager: Christopher Lacey

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of FLTU1020, FLTU1022, CEFR A1 or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

FLTU1021Elementary Japanese

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

Elementary 10 credits Japanese is for students who have completed a beginners module and/or spent some time in Japan and are keen to develop their language skills but only have 10 credits available. The focus is on achieving a reasonable level of communication and accuracy in speaking, listening, reading and writing and a deeper understanding of Japanese culture. You will develop your speaking skills in particular.


To consolidate knowledge of Japanese at beginners level and develop skills and competence towards CEFR A2 level/equivalent. On completion of the module students should be able to identify the main language points in familiar contexts and hold conversations in Japanese on the topics covered. They should feel confident in using their Japanese and in accessing a variety of authentic resources. Students 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:
- 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. Understanding and giving common instructions and commands
2. Expressing hopes, wants and dreams
3. Expressing actions in progress
4. Making more complex sentences with more than one action
5. Expressing sequence
6. Travel, transport and journeys
7. Asking for and giving permission
8. Understanding and putting into practice the rules of writing approximately 40 kanji characters

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, review of the lesson and preparation for the weekly classes and for the assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly homework, peer and tutor feedback; mock tasks in preparation for the summative assessment

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 20 mins50.00
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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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