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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Japanese Language and Culture 1 (A1.1)
Module Code JA3001
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Keisuke Honda
Semester 2: Keisuke Honda
Autumn: Keisuke Honda
Module TeachersElena Lopez
Keisuke Honda
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module is designed for total beginners of Japanese and it will introduce learners to some of the essential aspects of the language and culture of Japan. The module will enable students to carry out simple interactions in Japanese in order to satisfy concrete needs that relate to themselves and others.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand familiar words and phrases to identify the main topic in familiar texts. Develop student's awareness on how to apply the necessary strategies to achieve this goal.
2. Ask simple questions, initiate and respond to simple statements in areas of personal presentation such as greetings, introducing yourself and others.
3. Demonstrate familiarity with basic Japanese writing system to produce simple texts in writing on matters of personal relevance e.g. personal information, hobbies, likes/dislikes, etc as well as personal online postings, using a series of very short sentences.
4. Understand the basic principles of some simple grammar structures. Yet, the student still systematically makes basic mistakes which throughout the module shall develop awareness of them.
5. Begin building an awareness of social and cultural similarities and differences between Ireland (or your own country) and Japan.
6. Reflect on your own learning to identify future progression in Japanese. Lifelong learning

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22Class contact hours (online and face to face)
Assignment Completion25Completion of prescribed homework and assigments required to monitor the progress of the student
Independent Study33Autonomously learning outside the classroom that will foster student's language competence. For example, participation in activities in the Language Culture Space or the use of online resources to support language learning.
Portfolio Preparation45Preparation, creation, design and final submission of the Portfolio (Loop-Reflect) in Loop for assessment to show evidence of individual and directed learning.
Total Workload: 125

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioProgress based on the completion of weekly learning entries in the E-Portfolio, that show evidence of independent learning and completion of activities during the semester.100%n/a
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 2
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