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This subject is for students who already possess basic Japanese language skills and knowledge of Japan, and have completed Japanese 4 and can recognise around 400 Kanji characters, or those who have equivalent experience in Japanese. This subject provides a basic preparation for students to engage in academic research using Japanese. It aims to further develop students’ Japanese communication skills by examining the language of various registers and discourse. Students will also develop awareness of differences between and within spoken and written Japanese used in different situations. Students will have an exposure to various Japanese written texts of different genres such episodes, stories, essays, etc. to understand differences in their rhetorical structures (e.g., narrative, descriptive, and expository). Students will also have the opportunity to practice variations of spoken Japanese (colloquial, polite, formal) depending on the relationship between the participants of the conversations. Through class activities, such as discussions and a small research project, students will build further vocabulary and expressions, including around 150 additional kanji characters. In addition, students will develop interpersonal skills to present themselves appropriately in intercultural situations.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate the essential skills required for research (e.g. how to clarify goals, search for appropriate approaches/ methods, draw conclusions from findings;
- demonstrate developed Japanese communication skills by examining the language of various registers and discourse;
- demonstrate developed awareness of differences between and within spoken and written Japanese used in different situations;
- understand differences in Japanese rhetorical structures;
- demonstrate oral communication skills in interpersonal and public settings;
- Use intercultural and interpersonal skills essential to present themselves appropriately;
- demonstrate effective group work skills, developed through project work;
- demonstrate skills required for reflective learning and monitoring learning, continuing learning;
Last updated: 7 September 2023