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Japanese 3 (Upper-) Intermediate

Vak
2016-2017

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Japanese 1 Beginners and Japanese 2 Pre-intermediate.

Description

Japanese 3 is the level where one can communicate almost all daily situations in Japanese. In other words, this is the stage where the students learn how to communicate efficiently in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities.
Learning how to communicate by studying Grammar and phrases, we focus on the culture and society where Japanese is spoken and that is “Japan”.
Kanji characters introduced in the Reading and Writing section: Reading and Writing section

Course objectives

By the end of the 3rd semester of Japanese, a student can:

  1. deal with most situations likely to arise whils travelling in an area where Japanese is spoken.
    1. participate in short conversations in routine contexts on topics of interest.
    2. ask for or give simple information to a friend about the culture and customs of one another’s countries or regions, such as how to greet people and meal etiquette.
    3. participate in short conversations in routine contexts on topics of interest.
    4. ask for or give simple information to a friend about the culture and customs of one another’s countries or regions, such as how to greet people and meal etiquette.
    5. write short reports/diary to a standard conventionalised format, which pass on routine factual information and state reasons for actions.
    6. Narrate to a friend about events relating to or impressions of intercultural experiences
    7. make a well-organized, simple presentation about, for example, environmental issues in one’s country, and respond to anticipated questions in an international gathering or other events, if one has prepared beforehand

The course aims at the A2/B1 level of the Common European Framework.
Students will be introduced to:
• a wide range of elementary grammatical structures and sentence patterns, – basic kanji characters (up to a maximum of 317 in vol.2 of the course book) and
• vocabulary terms and expressions that are closely tied to students’ everyday lives and communicative situations in Japanese contexts.

For more details, refer to online resources accompanying the course book:

Syllabus of the Grammar and Dialogue section (in Japanese):“Grammar and Dialogue section”:http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/about_en/about06_en

Kanji characters introduced in the Reading and Writing section:“Reading and Writing section”:http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/about_en/about07_en

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Two two hour tutorials every week

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:
• Atending classes: 48 hrs (4 hours per week x 12 weeks) Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 92 hours

Assessment method

  • There is no re-sit test during the course.

Assessment

  • Learning aim: Use of course contents, including vocabulary items, grammar , Kanji
    Assessment: Written exam and quiz (60%)
    • Learning aim: Use of the target language to communicate with correct pronunciation, Listening/speaking/Dictation
    Assessment: In-class oral/listening performance (30%)
    • Learning aim: Use of the target language to write with suitable vocabulary items and grammar
    Assessment: Writing assignments (10%)

Weighing

Assessment: Written exam and quiz: 60%
Assessment: In-class oral/listening performance: 30%
Assessment: Writing assignments: 10%

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following: the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
To pass the course, the average has to be 5.5 at least.

Resit

If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 5.5), there is the possibility of a resit.
The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:
• Reading and writing;
• Written dialogue;
• Vocabulary and grammar.

There is no re-sit for the in-class oral/listening performance, but, in order to pass the course the grades received for the oral exam must be a minimum of a 5,5.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis

Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

1) Genki Textbook I & II [Second Edition], The Japan Times, ISBN: 978-4-7890-1440-3 & 978-4-7890-1443-4
2) Genki Workbook I & II [Second Edition], The Japan Times, ISBN: 978-4-7890-1441-0 & 978-4-7890-1444-1

Genki website
Local bookstorevan Stockum
The Japan Times book club

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

Contact

N. Seki
E. Yamamoto MA
M.J. van Berlo MA

Remarks

For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason have to be discussed with the language instructor BEFORE the class takes place. Frequent absence will inevitably lead to lower participation grades, or denied access to the final exam.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.

The detailed study plan (including the schedule of the quizzes, oral performance and assignments) is available through Blackboard.