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Japanese

This course can be taken for credit

General LFA (19-week course)

Level 1

Japanese Level 1 (LFA00016L)

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with no previous knowledge of the target language. It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Duration and mode of delivery

19 weeks over 3 terms

We are committed to on-campus face-to-face teaching, but we also want to capitalise on the potential and obvious advantages of online teaching to enhance your learning experience.

At the point of registration, for most languages and levels, students will be able to choose between 2 delivery modes:

  • face-to-face (2 hours per week)
  • online only (2 hours per week)

Places in the online only courses will be limited (one group for each language/level)

The following principles apply to all our courses, whatever the mode of delivery:

  • Places will be assigned on a first come first served basis 
  • The learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • The workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • The course material is adapted to both modes of delivery (face-to-face and online only).
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design and delivery.
  • You need to have access to a laptop or desktop and internet connection (please check the minimum specifications)

If UK government guidance on Covid 19 was to change, we would have to follow their new rules and regulations, which may result in all LFA courses to be delivered online.

Aims

The course is ideal for those with no previous knowledge of the language, but who wish to acquire basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in Japanese. The course will equip you with the basic skills required if you wish to visit Japan or to communicate with native speakers.

Objectives

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • communicate simply but effectively in Japanese at an elementary level
  • understand basic cultural and social aspects of the language
  • talk about yourself and understand when others tell you about themselves and their circumstances, including jobs
  • order food and drinks, understand menus and ask for details of dishes
  • ask for / understand directions, opening times and how to find facilities
  • describe things and shop for what you want, ask the prices in shops
  • talk about everyday life and customs
  • talk about what you have done and will be doing, e.g. holidays, education, jobs
  • invite someone to do something and know how to accept / decline it
  • ask and describe locations of things/ places
  • feel confident about pronouncing Japanese correctly, understanding and making yourself understood by a native speaker at an elementary level
  • write and read short messages accurately using hiragana, katakana and kanji.
  • use everyday verbs in the polite – masu, desu forms.

Teaching method

A communicative approach will be used throughout the course with an emphasis on speaking in real-life situations. 

To know what resources you will need to support your studies, please check our course material webpage. During the course, your tutor will provide you with extra materials. 

Time commitment

In addition to your 2 hour face-to-face (or online live) sessions per week, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on independent study, as advised by your tutor.

Assessment and certification

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the year and assessed via an end of year online exam. The exam is mandatory for students taking the LFA modules for credit and optional for extracurricular students and members of the public. 

An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year online exam. Assessment details will  be available by the start of the module.

Level 2

Japanese Level 2 (LFA00017L)

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with previous knowledge of the target language (e.g. Japanese Level 1, or an equivalent beginners course).

It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Duration and mode of delivery

19 weeks over 3 terms

We are committed to on-campus face-to-face teaching, but we also want to capitalise on the potential and obvious advantages of online teaching to enhance your learning experience.

At the point of registration, for most languages and levels, students will be able to choose between 2 delivery modes:

  • face-to-face (2 hours per week)
  • online only (2 hours per week)

Places in the online only courses will be limited (one group for each language/level)

The following principles apply to all our courses, whatever the mode of delivery:

  • Places will be assigned on a first come first served basis 
  • The learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • The workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • The course material is adapted to both modes of delivery (face-to-face and online only).
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design and delivery.
  • You need to have access to a laptop or desktop and internet connection (please check the minimum specifications)

If UK government guidance on Covid 19 was to change, we would have to follow their new rules and regulations, which may result in all LFA courses to be delivered online.

Aims

The course aims to develop communicative skills in a wide range of contexts with the accent on practical spoken Japanese.

Objectives

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • undertake straightforward verbal communication in predictable, everyday circumstances.
  • develop more detailed cultural and social aspects of the language
  • extract relevant information from a direct source or clear speech.
  • talk about your experience and customs in the past, including using adjectives in both present and past tense
  • suggest and ask in a polite manner of speech
  • ask for permission, offer and talk about rules using te-form
  • describe reasons
  • describe and explain appearance of people in detail
  • state your ideas and opinions
  • convey the things you heard to other people
  • describe your plans for the future
  • feel more confident about pronouncing Japanese correctly, understanding and making yourself understood by a native speaker at a basic level
  • write, read, speak and listen to messages accurately using hiragana, katakana and more kanji.

Teaching method

A communicative approach will be used throughout the course with an emphasis on speaking in real-life situations. 

To know what resources you will need to support your studies, please check our course material webpage. During the course, your tutor will provide you with extra materials. 

Time commitment

In addition to your 2 hour face-to-face (or online live) sessions per week, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on independent study, as advised by your tutor.

Assessment and certification

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the year and assessed via an end of year online exam. The exam is mandatory for students taking the LFA modules for credit and optional for extracurricular students and members of the public. 

An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year online exam. Assessment details will  be available by the start of the module.

Level 3

Japanese Level 3 (LFA00008C) 

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with a sound knowledge of the target language. Learners at this level may have completed a level 2 course and/or have stayed in Japan for a short period of time. It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Duration and mode of delivery

19 weeks over 3 terms

We are committed to on-campus face-to-face teaching, but we also want to capitalise on the potential and obvious advantages of online teaching to enhance your learning experience.

At the point of registration, for most languages and levels, students will be able to choose between 2 delivery modes:

  • face-to-face (2 hours per week)
  • online only (2 hours per week)

Places in the online only courses will be limited (one group for each language/level)

The following principles apply to all our courses, whatever the mode of delivery:

  • Places will be assigned on a first come first served basis 
  • The learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • The workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • The course material is adapted to both modes of delivery (face-to-face and online only).
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design and delivery.
  • You need to have access to a laptop or desktop and internet connection (please check the minimum specifications)

If UK government guidance on Covid 19 was to change, we would have to follow their new rules and regulations, which may result in all LFA courses to be delivered online.

Aims

The key aim of the course is to enable learners who have completed previous courses of spoken Japanese with the knowledge of approximately 100 kanji, to further develop their communicative skills in a wide range of contexts.

Objectives

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of practical situations
  • Use various grammatical structures such as expressing wishes, capability, obligation, opinions, giving advice and suggestions
  • Develop an understanding of detailed cultural and social aspects of the language
  • Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc., including short narratives.
  • Read and understand relevant information in everyday material such as letters, e-mail/text messages, website information and simplified news
  • Discuss and describe a variety of topics including cultural differences and topical issues
  • Write personal letters, messages and compositions on familiar topics

Teaching method

A communicative approach will be used throughout the course with an emphasis on speaking in real-life situations. 

To know what resources you will need to support your studies, please check our course material webpage. During the course, your tutor will provide you with extra materials. 

Time commitment

In addition to your 2 hour face-to-face (or online live) sessions per week, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on independent study, as advised by your tutor.

Assessment and certification

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the year and assessed via an end of year online exam. The exam is mandatory for students taking the LFA modules for credit and optional for extracurricular students and members of the public. 

An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year online exam. Assessment details will  be available by the start of the module.

Register for a course

Our Registration page has an up-to-date list of which courses are on offer in 2022/23.

Year-long course fees 2022/23

£0 if taken for credit

£245 University of York students

£325 over 60s/students from other universities/schools (You will be required to provide proof that you are eligible for this discounted rate)

£370 University of York staff/public