This module is offered to students with some prior knowledge of Japanese (GCSE level or Language Centre Japanese 1 or equivalent).
The prime aim of this module is to enable students:
● to understand and produce language in familiar and routine situations, using frequently used expressions
● to develop strategies for language learning
● to work towards / achieve A2.1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
Successful completion of Japanese 2 qualifies students to progress to Japanese 3.
This module offers 24 or 30 credits.
We aim to teach in the following delivery manner.
Term 1: Online
- Asynchronous pre-recorded videos (accessible through moodle, to be studied before the synchronous session)
- 90-minute online synchronous session (small group) via MS Teams
Term 2 and 3: TBC
We will confirm how the module will be delivered (online, face-to-face, or combination of the two), given the circumstances at the time.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study over the course of this module is 240 hours. 10 hours of study a week on average will be required including independent study.
Term 1 - interim test
Term 3 - one reading/writing test + one speaking test
NB: Term 1 interim test is scheduled to take place on Saturday 12 December 2020
The following textbook must be bought by students.
- Minna no Nihongo Shokyu l Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Honsatsu (Main Text) ISBN: 9784883196036
NB: Students need to buy this edition.
NB: The second half of the book will be used for this module.
The following two books are highly recommended for students to buy
- Minna no Nihongo Shokyu l Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Honyaku Bunpo Kaisetsu Eigo-ban (Translation and Grammar Notes - English) ISBN: 9784883196043
- Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I Dai 2-Han (2nd edition) Shokyu de Yomeru Topikku 25 (Reading Comprehension Text) ISBN: 9784883196890
By the end of the module, students should become able to:
- apply a basic knowledge of grammar
- gain insight into everyday life in Japan
- apply strategies for understanding gist and short descriptions
- interact about familiar topics and activities
- write simple texts giving background information and relating to areas of immediate need, using correct characters
The syllabus will include the following:
- asking for permission
- expressing prohibition
- making comparisons
- asking for preference
- expressing ability or possibility
- expressing opinions etc.
- “te-form” of verbs and adjectives
- dictionary forms and "nai-form" of verbs
- modifying clauses etc.
- some basic Kanji (Chinese characters)