LA1PJ9-IWLP Japanese 2 Script Support

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: LA1PJ1 or equivalent
Modules excluded: LA1PJ1 IWLP Japanese 1 LA1PJ2 IWLP Japanese 2 LA1PJ8 IWLP Japanese 1 Accelerated
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mrs Kazumi Hiramatsu-Kidd


Summary module description:

The module is aimed at students with some previous basic knowledge of the Japanese language. It is intended for students with an entry level of :

"JF standard (Japan Foundation Standard for Japanese Language Education) ": Level A1

/"CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)" :Level A1

or the equivalent.

This module is for students who would like additional support with reading and writing of Japanese script, and who want to develop learning strategies for kanji reading and writing

By the end of the course, students will have reached:

"JF standard (Japan Foundation Standard for Japanese Language Education) ": Level A2

/"CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)" :Level A2

(The exit level for this module is the same as Japanese 2.)

This module is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.  Reading University allows students from any year to take this module.

Students will identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well defined but complex and non- routine. In language learning this means acquiring knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, developing strategies for learning and practising the language in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in order to communicate within defined situations while developing tools to enable students to respond to unexpected occurrences.

Students will exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills.  They will gain understanding of different perspectives and cultural differences in approaching a variety of situations.

Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups.  Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the IWLP assessment is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking.  For languages where handwriting is assessed, computers are not allowed. For queries, contact

This module aims to provide students with:-
- the ability to communicate in Japanese in straightforward, everyday situations
-a competence in basic Japanese grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate in a situation requiring a simple exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
- the development of their knowledge of Japan and its people.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module students may expect to achieve competence in the use of the most important grammatical structures of the language for their level and a knowledge of the vocabulary which is required to read, write and talk about the everyday topics and situations covered in the module.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be involved in regular group activities and role playing and will gain experience in simple oral presentations and joint activities. They will make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and will develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.

Outline content:
Topics will include:
- Stating or Asking for an Opinion,
-Making Comparisons, and Discussing Choices available,
-Talking about Health, /Giving Advice,
-Giving detailed Self-introduction,
-Talking about Past Experiences
We will also practice some expressions used for "building rapport" among colleagues and friends in everyday conversations.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media such as audio, video and online resources. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 36 40 4
Guided independent study 44 50 26
Total hours by term 80.00 90.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Oral assessment and presentation 30
Class test administered by School 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

“The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with University policy:
• where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;

• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:”
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Length of examination:
A two-hour paper.

Requirements for a pass:
40% overall for UG students, 50% overall for PGT students.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit in August/September examinations period on basis of examination only (relative percentages: oral examination 40%, written paper 60%.)

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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