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Japanese Advanced One

Module titleJapanese Advanced One
Module codeFLJ3430
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Mrs Yumiko Moore (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

Japanese Advanced One is intended for those who have successfully completed FLJ2330 Japanese Intermediate Two or who have a level broadly of A level (Grade A*-B) or equivalent. The module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of Japanese, in a communicative context. The module is taught as far as possible in Japanese.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of the target language. This course is between B2 - Independent User and C1 - Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and aims to:

  • Review and consolidate the advanced structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable you to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations.
  • Further develop and embed active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level.
  • Build on knowledge of the sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to continue to develop transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Communicate fluently and spontaneously, both orally and in writing, and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes and produce clear, well-structured written text on complex subjects, expressing points of view at some length
  • 4. Demonstrate increased autonomy in language learning, with reduced direction from the tutor

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate your learning
  • 6. Give clear detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of subjects related to your field of interest, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and examples
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following grammar and topics:

Main Grammar

There is a focus on areas of grammar which students need to revise, correct or develop to help improve their written and spoken Japanese.

The following topics are covered:

  • honorific language
  • conditional, direct and indirect passive forms
  • dependent nouns (eg. –hazuda, -nichigainai, -wakeganai)
  • causative sentences
  • auxiliary verbs (eg. ageru, shimau, iru)
  • auxiliary adjectives (eg. –hosii, -rasiii, -youda)
  • appositive clause
  • subordinate clause
  • particles such as sae, demo, koso, nomi and various expressions using te-forms

Main Topics

  • how to improve language studying
  • very polite conversation
  • describing situation and behaviour
  • crime scene
  • reading Japanese newspapers,
  • job applications
  • past and present in Japan
  • advertising

There will be some additional topics which will include general conversation, items from the news and life in Japan.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching66Language classes
Guided Independent Study234Preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing,listening, reading, speaking Variable1-7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio (As described on the ELE page)50As described on the ELE page1-7Written and oral
Written examination251.5 hours1-7Written and oral
Oral 2510-12 minutes1-7Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Portfolio Portfolio 1-7Ref/Def period
Written Examination (1.5 hours)Written Examination (1.5 hours)1-7Ref/Def period
Oral (10-12 minutes)Oral (10-12 minutes)1-6Ref/Def period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for any passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Course books: 

  • Tobira Gateway To Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content And Multimedia : published by Kuroshio Publishers 2009   ISBN978-4-87424-447-0
  • Tobira Gateway To Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content And Multimedia  Grammar Power Exercises For Mastery:  published by Kuroshio Publishers 2012   ISBN978-4-87424-570-5

Recommended materials:

  • Kodansha’s Furigana English-Japanese/ Japanese-English Dictionary:  published by Kodansha International,  ISBN9784770024800
  • Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar:  published by Japan Times,  ISBN978489007757
  • Yokutsukau Junkanji 2100 Mondaishuu (workbook):  published by Sanseido,  ISBN97843853365411

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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Japanese advanced one

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Completion of FLJ2330 or equivalent

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