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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Japanese Language 2
Module Code JA194
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Niamh Kelly
Semester 2: Niamh Kelly
Autumn: Niamh Kelly
Module TeachersNiamh Kelly
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the essential aspects of the Japanese language. Students will be familiarised with a range of everyday situations requiring the use of specified linguistic skills. Students will be guided in the development of a range of language learning strategies and transferable skills, such as independent learning.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the main point of news items that report events etc with visual supports or English questions to support the commentary. This will draw from the NHK news website (web news easy Japan).
2. Pick out and reproduce key words and phrases or short sentences from a short text within the learner’s limited competence and experience
3. Use some simple structures correctly, but still systematically make basic mistakes – for example tend to mix up tenses and forget to mark agreement; nevertheless, it is usually clear what he/she is trying to say.
4. Use sufficient vocabulary to conduct routine, everyday transactions involving familiar situations and topics, including a minimum of 350 kanji.
5. LO5 Use basic sentence patterns and communicate using memorised phrases, groups of words and formulae about themselves and other people, what they do, places, possessions etc.
6. Use basic sentence patterns to describe plans and arrangements, daily habits and routines, past activities and personal experiences, living and working conditions, likes and dislikes.
7. Use IT skills in Japanese, where IT literacy skills will include word processing, web search, and accessing language-specific resources (Life-long Learning)

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22Twice-Weekly Language Seminars / Tutorials
Independent Study62Engagement with Weekly Quizlet Page to acquire an additional 190 Kanji (Total Kanji 350)
Independent Study48Engagement with language learning resources which are posted on LOOP, such as notes and exercises which are posted on a weekly basis, daily check-in with web news easy Japan to improve reading and aural comprehension
Independent Study12Advance Preparation of class notes on LOOP – students are expected to familiarise themselves with the content of class prior to taking part in each synchronous session
Independent Study72Post-class study- After participating in each seminar, students are expected to go through all content in that week’s notes on LOOP, and to complete and familiarise themselves with all the homework and tasks from notes covered in the seminar
Portfolio Preparation34No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Specimen Syllabus Acquisition of 350 kanji / Models of speech and useful phrases / Distinguishing between formal and informal terms of address / Describing habits, routine, pastimes and schedules / Locating and describing places, getting around and local transportation / Hotels; arranging accommodation; places of interest / Introducing self or business partner in formal context / Explaining what you do; what you study; your work / Making and changing plans: apologising and giving reasons / Using the telephone / Communicating with a customer or as a customer / Body, health and lifestyle / Making suggestions; agreeing and disagreeing; likes and dislikes / Talking about the past / Local leisure industries / Talking about your skills: saying what you can and cannot do / Learning Activities This module is task-based with emphasis on linguistic accuracy, pragmatic and sociocultural competence. Students will engage in reception, production and interactive activities, designed to build their confidence and provide them with appropriate linguistic competencies. Students will familiarise themselves with digital tools for language learners (eg Quizlet and News Web Easy Japan).

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Oral Examinationn/a20%Sem 2 End
In Class TestReading Comprehension10%Once per semester
In Class TestLanguage Accuracy - written assessment focusing on language structures acquired in JA19420%Sem 2 End
In Class TestKanji Assessment30%As required
In Class TestAural Comprehension - Listen to a Japanese audio piece and answer related questions in English10%Once per semester
In Class TestEssay writing task10%Once per semester
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Banno, Eri; Ikeda, Yoko; Shinagawa, Chikako; Tajima, Kaori and Tokashiki, Kyoko: 2009, Kanji Look and Learn Workbook (512 Kanji with Illustrations and Mnemonic Hints), The Japan Times, Tokyo, ISBN978478901
  • Banno Eri, Yoko Ikeda, Chikako Shinagawa, Kyoko Tokashiki, Kaori Tajima: 0, KANJI LOOK AND LEARN 512 Kanji with Illustrations and Mnemonic Hints, The Japan Times,
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