LANG20370 Japanese Language & Culture 3a (CEFR A2.1)

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed to develop students' knowledge of Japanese beyond an elementary level of competence. While the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing will be covered, there will be particular emphasis on improving oral and aural competence and extending vocabulary. The module will provide the opportunity to deepen awareness and understanding of Japanese society and culture. This module will be delivered via small group teaching with classes having a maximum of 18 students. Students will also have access to extra resources and materials via the Virtual Learning Environment, Brightspace.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• communicate on a variety of general topics requiring information related to everyday situations
(spoken production)
• initiate and maintain conversations and discussions relating to everyday contexts (spoken interaction)
• understand some detail in short listening texts on familiar topics (listening)
• understand the gist and some detail of short authentic written texts in common genres and
recognize 50 new kanji characters (reading)
• construct short written texts in both Hiragana and Katakana and use simple kanji characters in
order to communicate information (writing)

Students who achieve at least a B grade at the end of this module are deemed to have reached Level A2.1 of the Common European Framework

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Task-based learning for interaction; supporting Japanese script, language in diverse cultural contexts 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Having completed Japanese Language and Culture 2, or a CEFR level A1.2 in this language.

Learning Exclusions:

Students with a CEFR A2.1 level in this language are not eligible to take this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Oral Examination Week 12 No Graded No


Examination: Mid-Term Examination Week 6 No Graded No


Examination: Written Examination 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Examination: Aural Examination Week 11 No Graded No


Attendance: Attendance/Participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback provided individually on the midterm exam in week 7-8. Individual feedback on summative assessment available on request.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 16:00 - 17:50