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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Japanese Language 3
Module Code JA293
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Niamh Kelly
Semester 2: Niamh Kelly
Autumn: Niamh Kelly
Module TeachersNiamh Kelly
Sakiko Pawlak
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is designed: To acquire sufficient communicative skills to function adequately during a period in Japan. -To increase proficiency in pronunciation and intonation.-To expand the language skills acquired in Japanese Language 2.- To develop information-gathering techniques.- Consolidation of 350 basic characters acquired previously.- Acquisition of additional 400 characters.- To begin acquisition of formal register language and to develop letter -writing skills. To enable students to acquire language skills that allow them to engage in academic activities in the course of their year abroad in Japan.

Learning Outcomes

1. Have a sufficient range of language to describe and comprehend unpredictable situations, explain the main points in an idea or problem with reasonable precision and express thoughts on abstract or cultural topics such as music and films, including a minimum of 750 kanji.
2. Communicate with reasonable accuracy in familiar contexts; generally display good control though with noticeable mother tongue influence. Errors occur, but it is clear what he/she is trying to express.
3. Find and understand relevant information in everyday material, such as letters, brochures, short official documents and audio and written news items.
4. Write and comprehend straightforward, detailed descriptions on a range of familiar subjects within his/her field of interest.
5. Communicate with some confidence on familiar routine and non-routine matters related to his/her interests and professional field. Can exchange, check and confirm information, deal with less routine situations and explain why something is a problem. Can express thoughts on more abstract, cultural topics such as films, book, music etc.
6. Be aware of the salient politeness conventions and act appropriately.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars42Twice Weekly Language Seminars / Tutorials
Independent Study67Engagement with Weekly Quizlet Page to acquire an additional 400 Kanji (Total Kanji 750)
Independent Study40Engagement 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 Study26Advance 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 Study75Post-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
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

Reading Skills
A variety of texts on different topics from newspapers, advertisements and magazines will be read, analyzed and discussed in a group setting. Language will be introduced in an authentic context. Consolidation of 350 basic characters acquired previously. Acquisition of additional 400 characters.

Listening Skills
A variety of authentic conversations of more formal registers of spoken Japanese will be listened to, analyzed and repeated in class.

Writing Skills
Writing Skills Students will write short texts, creative and more formal, on given topics and current affairs, to develop the range and active application of vocabulary, and to introduce more advanced grammatical structures. Consolidation of 350 basic characters acquired previously. Acquisition of additional 400 characters. To begin writing prose texts in more formal language registers and to begin writing letters according to Japanese social and business norms.

Preparing to live in Japan
Reflection on cultural differences and linguistic preparation for daily life, participation in University life and in a work environment.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestKanji Assessment20%As required
Oral ExaminationFree conversation using language structures and vocabulary acquired in the module30%Once per semester
Loop QuizLoop Quiz on language structures acquired to date15%Once per semester
In Class TestWritten task / essay writing task10%Once per semester
In Class TestReading Comprehension (semester 1)7%Other
Completion of online activityVoicethread assessment (semester 1)5%Other
In Class TestListening Comprehension (semester 2)5%Other
In Class TestLanguage Accuracy- written language test focussing on language structures acquired in JA2937%Sem 2 End
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

  • 0: Kanji Look and Learn Workbook, The Japan Times, 291514
  • 2008: 留学生のための漢字の教科書 中級700, 291515
  • 1989: A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar, Japan Times,
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