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Bachelor 2020/2021

Foreign Language (Japanese)

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Area of studies: International Relations
When: 2 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Hiroshi Abe, Irina Viktorovna Gordeeva, Uliana Strizhak
Language: English
ECTS credits: 7

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Students learn the language starting with the Elementary level. The course aims at developing basic communicative competences in the chosen foreign language that include: communicative competence, language competence, socio-cultural competence, cognitive competence.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Communicative competence – developing communicative skills through speaking, listening, reading and writing in communicative scenarios and topics chosen for the course
  • Language competence – learning new language units (orthographic, phonetic, lexical, grammar) related to communicative scenarios and topics of the course; learning about language phenomena in the foreign language; about various ways of expressing ideas using the native and foreign languages
  • Socio-cultural competence – introducing students to the culture, traditions and realia of the country whose language they are learning; developing skills of presenting their country and its culture when communicating with foreigners;
  • Cognitive competence– developing general and special academic skills; familiarizing students with available ways of autonomous learning of a foreign language and culture, ICT included
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Reads and writes signs of syllabic alphabets (hiragana and katakana); - Operates approximately 90 hieroglyphs; - Uses approximately 250 lexical units, operates on the studied vocabulary in various contexts and situations; - Fluent in the basic grammar of the Japanese language, able to build a coherent text and dialogue on given topics.
  • fluent in translating sentences from Russian into Japanese and from Japanese into Russian using learned vocabulary and grammatical constructions (written and oral).
  • works the initial grammar of the Japanese language, is able to build a coherent text and dialogue on given topics.
  • Uses approximately 700 lexical units, is able to apply the learned vocabulary in various contexts and situations, has the skills to search for unfamiliar words in the lexical dictionary.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Japanese for special purposes
    The content of the lessons reflects the basic realities of modern life in Japanese society. Topics are being studied: demographic problems, informatization of society, ecology, globalization, the coexistence of cultures.
  • Professional vocabulary. Part 2
    Studying the special vocabulary necessary for working with Japanese sources of the business information on the topics: “Problem banks”, “Economics of the soap bubble,” Restructuring, etc.
  • Business Japanese. Advanced level.
    Continuation of the study of special vocabulary
  • Business Japanese
    Studying of the language of business communication at a Japanese company, business etiquette, vocabulary and hieroglyphics related to the professional sphere.
  • The language of the Japanese media
    The course consists of 3 parts: work with newspaper texts; work with Internet versions of Japanese media; work with TV news.
  • Professional vocabulary. Part 1.
    Studying of the special vocabulary necessary for working with Japanese sources of the business information on the topics: “Market Economy”, “Market Conditions”, “Japanese Type of Management”, “Inflation and Deflation”, etc.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking tests
  • non-blocking in-class participation
  • non-blocking final test
    The exam will be conducted via LMS platform in specified period of session. The current accumulated mark is set as a result of assessing all intermediate forms of control during the module (oral and written dictations, written tests, work in practical classes). This accumulated mark before the exam is set on the basis of the 50/50 formula from the accumulated 1st and 2nd modules (before the winter exam) or 3rd and 4th modules (before the summer exam) and is 0.6 of the final grade. The exam is held in an online format orally (presentation of one of the prepared topics (summer session only), reading and translation of sentences from Japanese into Russian and from Russian into Japanese, answers to the teacher's questions on the topic) and is 0, 4 of the final grade.
  • non-blocking tests
  • non-blocking in-class participation
  • non-blocking final test
    The exam will be conducted via LMS platform in specified period of session.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.4 * final test + 0.3 * in-class participation + 0.3 * tests
  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.4 * final test + 0.3 * in-class participation + 0.3 * tests
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Haruhiko Kindaichi. (2011). Japanese Language : Learn the Fascinating History and Evolution of the Language Along With Many Useful Japanese Grammar Points. [N.p.]: Tuttle Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1567158
  • Kaiser, S. (2013). Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammar (Vol. 2nd ed). Hoboken: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=530652
  • McGloin, N. H. (2014). Modern Japanese Grammar : A Practical Guide. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1481124
  • Ogawa, J., & Enokida, F. (2014). Colloquial Japanese : The Complete Course for Beginners (Vol. 3rd ed). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=869831
  • Richard S. Keirstead. (2016). Japanese Hiragana and Katakana Practice Pad : Learn the Two Japanese Alphabets Quickly & Easily with This Japanese Language Learning Tool. [N.p.]: Tuttle Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1568900
  • Tōkyō Daigaku. (2016). Essential Japanese Kanji Volume 2 : (JLPT Level N4) Learn the Essential Kanji Characters Needed for Everyday Interactions in Japan. LaVergne: Tuttle Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1591289

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Darling-Wolf, F. (2018). Routledge Handbook of Japanese Media. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1704284
  • Johnston, J. (1980). Business Communication in Japan. Journal of Business Communication, 17(3), 65–70. https://doi.org/10.1177/002194368001700307
  • KITANI Makiko. (2018). Learning Japanese Language and Culture through Literature. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.1B75D9AD