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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3580 Advanced Japanese in Translation

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Martin Ward

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan 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

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to develop both Japanese-English and English-Japanese translation skills with a specific focus on good comprehension of Japanese texts and flexible and accurate use of Japanese language, as well as awareness of genres, audience and functions.


To become aware of the different features of English and Japanese texts, and become able to translate various types of texts both from Japanese to English and English to Japanese naturally, flexibly and accurately, while taking genres, audience and functions into consideration.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students are expected to be able to become able to translate authentic texts of different topics confidently with a good understanding of the linguistic features in English and Japanese texts. The students should be also able to identify their problems and difficulties in translation and demonstrate how best they solve them considering different contextual and textual elements.


This module consists of an initial two-hour lecture on translation theories followed by five weeks of Japanese-English translation classes and five weeks of English-Japanese translation classes. The Japanese-English translation class mainly focuses on developing the skills for comprehension and interpretation for different types of Japanese texts, while the English-Japanese translation class will teach how to translate into Japanese effectively with an accurate use of grammar and vocabulary, as well as appropriate level of politeness.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Class preparation – 78
- Self-study on grammar and vocabulary – 50
- Preparation for assignment – 50

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The student progress will be monitored through regular feedback on in-class presentations and discussions of their translations. The students will also learn from peer-evaluation/feedback as well.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectTranslation Project (700-1,000 characters) with a commentary(1,000-1,500 words)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

The exam will be a 2-hour translation exam in a computer cluster (e.g. Martin Thomas Translation Labs) under exam conditions. Students will be able to use translation tools and dictionaries etc and their activity would be monitored (e.g. from the tutor PC).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:39:01


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