Japanese Upper Intermediate - WOLA5580

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Mano Suzuki checkmark-circle


The curriculum will focus on living in Japan, by using complex expressions in an appropriate style of communication. Topics covered in this module are job hunting including how to write a CV and make a telephone call in order to seek information for a part time job, making a complaint including a refund/an exchange of goods, and expressing one's opinion in a discussion on formal topics.

Language modules focus on developing students' communicative competence in four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) to equip students with a working knowledge of the target language and a sound level of communicative competence and confidence. By the end of the module students will be equipped to understand and use Japanese demonstrating a range of simple and complex structures and vocabulary to an upper-intermediate language level (comparable overall to a lower B2 level and language skills to adapt to the situation. By the end of the module students will be able to communicate with a developed degree of effectiveness, fluency and spontaneity. Students also read and listen to news articles to gain knowledge of social issues and current affairs. Various styles of readings are given such as job description, biography and novel. Discussions take place in the class on the topic areas covered in the module.

The module will include study of the target language culture and the development of insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Total Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
In Course Test: Speaking (Max. 5 minutes) – 20%
Language Skills (Equivalent to 1,900 Japanese characters) – 40%
Cultural research and Writing (600 Japanese characters) – 40%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework (Equivalent to 2,500 Japanese characters)

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 demonstrate a familiarity with Japanese characters equivalent to an upper-intermediate level;
2 demonstrate appropriate politeness in relevant social contexts, demonstrating a degree of fluency and an ability to sustain communication with ease;
3 demonstrate an understanding of the main points of authentic materials which include a particular point of view;
4 put forward and develop cogent arguments on topics that are reasonably familiar using a flexible range of structures and vocabulary with a degree of cohesion and spontaneity;
5 demonstrate understanding of the life and culture in Japan on an appropriate level.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Communicate complex ideas clearly and independently;
2. Demonstrate deeper intercultural awareness and understanding.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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