DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000593

Asian Language Studies: Japanese

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gražina Čiuladienė (grazina.ciuladiene@mruni.eu)

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gražina Čiuladienė

Institute of Educational Sciences and Social Work


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

The first stage of foreign language learning (A1)

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to face

1 semester

Japanese, Lithuanian


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

66

96


8.

Purpose of the course unit

1) to provide knowledge of the Japanese phonetics , vocabulary and grammar necessary to achieve Japanese language level A1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; 2) to develop basic receptive and productive abilities of the Japanese language (reading, listening, speaking and writing).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Knowledge of the Japanese language and its application: ability to recognize basic units of phonetics, grammar and vocabulary in elementary texts.

Individual and group work on oral and written tasks: text analysis and discussions, phonetics, grammar and vocabulary tasks.

Oral assessment methods – group and individual oral testing. Written assessment methods – conventional and interactive tests.

Receptive Japanese language abilities: - ability to read and understand short and simple texts on subject topics; - ability to understand short and simple texts/dialogues listening to the spoken language.

Individual and group work on oral and written tasks: reading and analysis of texts; work with video/audio materials and performing tasks based on recordings.

Oral assessment methods – group and individual oral testing, short presentations (individual and group). Written assessment methods – reading and listening comprehension tests.

Productive Japanese language abilities: - ability to take part in simple conversations on subject topics; - ability to write short and simple texts on subject topics.

Individual and group work on oral and written tasks: telling stories, dialogues (simulation of situations, role play), games developing language skills, mind maps, essays.

Oral assessment methods – group and individual oral testing, short presentations (individual and group). Written assessment methods – conventional and interactive tests, written assignments (essays).

Ability to study autonomously: - ability to work with various information sources and to use them in the learning process; - ability to collect and systematize vocabulary and grammar material necessary for A1 level studies.

Individual and group work with various information sources: use of various information sources in class and autonomous work; collecting and systematizing subject material.

Oral assessment methods – short presentations (individual and group). Written assessment methods – written assignments (essays). Learning achievement portfolio, feedback.


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Introduction into the language learning curriculum. Introducing oneself.
Japanese language structure and its main features. Japanese sounds, characters and its peculiarities. The main rules of pronunciation.
Formal and informal greeting. Introducing oneself, giving and requesting personal information.
Personal pronouns. Present, future and past tenses of verbs (review). Declarative sentence and questions.

6

6

9

1) Reading and analysis of texts, texts analysis tasks 2) Vocabulary and grammar tasks 3) Pronunciation and listening comprehension tasks Characters writing

2. School, university. Education.
The development of Japanese education from dynastical times till nowadays
Pluses and minuses in education
The comparison of Lithuanian and Japanese systems of education
Positive and negative sentences, their structure. Yes/No questions, question-word questions. Place word, time word and location word.

6

6

9

1) Reading and analysis of texts, texts analysis tasks 2) Vocabulary and grammar tasks 3) Pronunciation and listening comprehension tasks Characters writing

3. Family. Food. Kitchen utensils.
Family members, family relationships. Describing your family.
Food products, breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper. Kitchen utensils. Dialogues about food at home and in a shop.
Cardinal and ordinal numerals. Nouns – gender, number.

6

6

9

1) Reading and analysis of texts, texts analysis tasks 2) Vocabulary and grammar tasks 3) Pronunciation and listening comprehension tasks Characters writing

4. A usual day. Food. Things at home.
Daily routines – morning activities, work/school, evening at home. Things at home. Describing your usual day and your home.
Vegetables and fruit. Eating habits in Japan.
Subject and object forms of personal pronouns. Prepositions of place.

6

6

9

1) Reading and analysis of texts, texts analysis tasks 2) Vocabulary and grammar tasks 3) Pronunciation and listening comprehension tasks Characters writing

5. Japanese life rhythm.
Telling the time. Describing daily routines and their time. Dialogues in a café.
Verbs – infinitive, present past and future tenses, modal verbs. Adverbs of place. Directional verb.

Consultation before mid-term assessment.

2

6

8

12

1) Reading and analysis of texts, texts analysis tasks 2) Vocabulary and grammar tasks 3) Pronunciation and listening comprehension tasks Characters writing 4) Preparation for mid-term assessment

6. In a supermarket. Go shopping.
Dialogues in a food shop and in a clothes’ shop. Names of clothes.
Adjective – adjective and noun agreement.

6

6

9

1) Reading and analysis of texts, texts analysis tasks 2) Vocabulary and grammar tasks 3) Pronunciation and listening comprehension tasks Characters writing

7. Seasons.Hour’s and minutes.
Describing the weather and the temperature. Describing different seasons. Clothes that we wear in different seasons.
Direct and indirect speech. Causes and effects. Imperative mood.

6

6

9

1) Reading and analysis of texts, texts analysis tasks 2) Vocabulary and grammar tasks 3) Pronunciation and listening comprehension tasks Characters writing

8. Holidays. Travels.Feasts.
Holidays at home and travel holidays. Travels around Japan. Booking tickets. Writing a letter on a postcard. Japan national feasts.
Conjunction and preposition.

6

6

9

1) Reading and analysis of texts, texts analysis tasks 2) Vocabulary and grammar tasks 3) Pronunciation and listening comprehension tasks Characters writing

9. Immigration to Japan.
Life story of an immigrant – arrival and resettlement to Japan. Daily routines and free time activities of a family in China.
Ordinal numbers and dates. Possessive pronouns and their use. Measure word.

6

6

9

1) Reading and analysis of texts, texts analysis tasks 2) Vocabulary and grammar tasks 3) Pronunciation and listening comprehension tasks Characters writing

10. At home and at work. Search a job.
Housekeeping, housework. Work at various work places. Criteria for searching job.
Words structure in sentence.

Consultation before examination.

2

6

8

12

1) Reading and analysis of texts, texts analysis tasks 2) Vocabulary and grammar tasks 3) Pronunciation and listening comprehension tasks Characters writing 4) Preparation for examination

Egzamination

2

2

Overall

4

60

2

66

 

96

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Tasks

50

During the whole semester

Semester work assessment criteria (preparation for the classes and the work in the classroom): 1) participation in the classroom activities; 2) performance of homework tasks; 4) performance of additional tasks and their oral presentation.

Examination

50

During the examination session of spring semester

Examination paper (written assessment paper) checks students’ vocabulary and grammar knowledge and listening comprehension and writing abilities. The written assessment paper results are given in a 10 point scale: 100-95 % correct points – 10; 94-85 % – 9; 84-75% – 8; 74-65% – 7; 64-55 % – 6; 54-45 % – 5; 44-35%– 4; 34-25 % – 3; 24-15 % – 2; 14-5 % – 1; 4-0 % – 0.