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Foreign Languages Centre, Unit Catalogue 2008/09

FL10261 Japanese stage 2 semester 2 (6 credits)

Credits: 6
Level: Certificate
Semester: 2
Assessment: CW 40%, EX 60%
Aims: The course aims to consolidate language already acquired, for example in Stage 2 Semester 1, and encourages students to broaden the range of factual and expressive language functions required to communicate in a variety of situations, to acquire confidence in selecting appropriate language to achieve a range of everyday tasks and to introduce them to colloquial expressions and informal and formal styles in the written language. It aims to increase the students' active and passive use of Chinese characters as well as Hiragana and Katakana.
Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the course students will be able to:
* Sustain a reasonably fluent straightforward description on one of a variety of subjects within his or her field of interest, presenting it as a linear sequence of points.
* Describe experiences and events, their dreams, hopes and ambitions.
* Briefly give reasons and explanations.
* Understand straightforward factual information about common everyday or job related topics, identifying both general messages and specific details, provided speech is clearly articulated in a generally familiar accent.
* Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, leisure and education, including short narratives.
* Read notes and messages using Hiragana, Katakana and familiar Chinese characters.
* Write straightforward connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest, using Hiragana, Katakana and familiar Chinese characters.
* Read and write approx. 100 Chinese characters.
* Write personal letters, using Hiragana, Katakana and some Chinese characters, describing experiences and impressions.
Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing in the target language - all assessed
Interpersonal skills, communication, team skills - facilitated
IT skills - facilitated
Intercultural skills - facilitated and taught
Autonomous learning - facilitated
Research and organisational skills - facilitated
Cognitive - taught.
The course continues to build on the skill base achieved through the four core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course continues to reproduce real-life scenarios and introduces topics which present and practise the language of describing events and people, narrating and expressing likes and dislikes on topics of personal relevance. It follows a graded programme of study. Previous learning is consolidated and additional grammatical structures, specific to the target language, are introduced, which includes the present continuous and the te-form of verbs.