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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Japanese Language Skills(Higher Intermediate)
Module Code JA376
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Lijie Shao
Semester 2: Lijie Shao
Autumn: Lijie Shao
Module TeachersLijie Shao
Sakiko Pawlak
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The primary purpose of this module is to improve students’ proficiency in Japanese. Additionally, this module aims to nurture students’ learning autonomy. During the course, students will develop their skills and knowledge in the Japanese language and society. Students will increase their vocabulary, strengthen their grammatical knowledge, and learn to respond to both predictable and unpredictable situations that may arise in Japan. Students will participate in the following learning activities: (i) going through a range of audio and written materials, ii) being introduced to more advanced vocabulary and complicated grammar points, and (iii) completing in-class tasks using a proper register. Students are expected to attend and contribute to lecturers, build their portfolios, and perform guided independent studies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the main points of audio materials such as radio, news, discussions
2. Deliver a coherent and straightforward argument/speech using a proper register
3. Extract information from various authentic written sources such as simple news articles, letters, brochures
4. Produce relatively concise written pieces such as blog entries and letters using a proper register to convey general information or their feelings
5. Demonstrate learner autonomy by making clear self-study plans and critically analyse their progress in learning Japanese

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture44Classroom/Online sessions
Directed learning44Class preparation (Pre-class reading, listening, looking up words in the dictionary, etc.)
Directed learning22Homework (grammar exercises, the rest of the reading/listening materials)
Portfolio Preparation63Portfolio (mainly small individual items with occasional group items)
Portfolio Preparation28Study Journal
Independent Study49Revision (including preparation for Oral Exam)
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
The class focuses on the development of students’ linguistic and communication skills in Japanese. Students will further nurture their proficiency in all 4 skills (listening/reading/writing/speaking) through learning materials covering various engaging topics such as music, manga, and festivals. Students are expected to prepare for each synchronous session, participate in class activities (including role-plays, task completion, and grammar exercises), submit all assignments, attend an oral exam at the end of the semester, and supervise their own learning.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Oral Examinationn/a35%n/a
Reflective journaln/a15%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 1
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