Japanese for Beginners I
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This course aims to provide you with a grounding in the basic grammatical structures of Japanese in order to communicate at a basic level in essential social and survival situations in Japan. The emphasis is on speaking but you will also learn to read basic messages, understand authentic dialogues and produce your own dialogues in group and/or pair work during the class. Written exercises will be completed at home.
The following topics will be covered:
- Introduction to Japanese writing and pronunciation: 46 characters of hiragana ,
- Distinguishing features of Japanese grammar and daily expressions.
- Personal social life and everyday activities.
- Identifying people and things.
- Numbers, dates, time and days of the week
- Shopping and directions.
Who is this course for?
This course is for students who are absolute beginners of Japanese, who wish to be able to read the signs/map/metro plans and to hold very basic conversation when travelling to Japan.
Learning and Teaching
The emphasis of the course is on participation and students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various non-threatening forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have reading and listening class tests. You may be asked to write short texts as homework. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
The course textbook is: Japanese for busy people, Revised 3rd edition
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.