LANG20460 Japanese Language & Culture 4

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed for students who already have an intermediate level of Japanese. The aim is to develop communicative competence in a wide range of situations including more specialized topics. The course will focus on a broad range of contemporary themes and issues. Emphasis will be placed on communication and comprehension skills as well as written communication, vocabulary building and grammar review. Themes will be introduced to develop an understanding of the culture and society of contemporary Japan. 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.

For more information about the Centre for English and Global Languages modules (formerly Applied Language Centre) see

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• express an opinion or ambition and give brief oral explanations for these in the target language;
find information on a topic and present it in the form of a short oral presentation (spoken production)
• intervene in a conversation and exchange information on familiar topics (spoken interaction)
• understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters and understand the
main points of short, clear listening texts which deal with cultural themes or topics of personal interest (listening)
• understand written texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or university-related language and
recognize 60 new kanji characters (reading)
• write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest using appropriate kanji characters (writing)
• show progress in developing an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Students who achieve at least a B grade at the end of this module are deemed to have reached Level B1.1/ B1.2 of the Common European Framework.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Task- and enquiry-based learning for language and cultural awareness; development of Japanese script use 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Having completed Japanese Language & Culture 3b, CEF (Common European Framework) B1 or equivalent.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LANG10360 - Japanese L & C 4

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


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


Examination: Aural Examination Week 11 No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer 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) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 17:00 - 18:50