University Of Glasgow Japanese

University Of Glasgow Japanese

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  • Academic Session: 2016-17
  • School: Centre for Open Studies
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

University Of Glasgow Japanese

Short Description

For complete beginners. This course covers everyday topics of conversation – introducing yourself, eating, shopping, etc – and is practised through paired/group activities. The course will also introduce writing in Japanese characters (Hiragana and Katakana) and explore aspects of Japanese culture and how this differs from Western culture.


Weekly two-hour classes for 20 weeks

Block 1&2: Mondays 7.30pm-9.30pm

Requirements of Entry


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Course is assessed with two written pieces of work, and two oral. Students need to pass three of the four elements. At the end of the course, successful students are awarded a Pass, which attracts an aggregation score of 9, equivalent to D3.

Course Aims

To enable students to achieve a basic level of communicative competency and linguistic accuracy in the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening to Japanese. The course should develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the structure of the Japanese language, enable them to apply this knowledge practically, in speaking activities with other students, simultaneously developing their communication skills and encouraging autonomous learning.

University Of Glasgow Japanese

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students should be able to:
– Give basic information about themselves and ask for similar information from someone else.
– Say who they are, what they work at, where they live.
– Say what their telephone number is, offering and asking about business cards.
Students should be able to identify basic Japanese words in Katakana.
– Write their name, greetings like Merry Christmas in Katakana, or
– Write a letter in Romanised Japanese outlining biographical details and interests (approximately 50 words)
Students should be able to:
– Talk about likes and dislikes
– Say what things they themselves like/don’t like (doing)
– Say what some other person likes/doesn’t like (doing)
– Ask another person what he/she likes/doesn’t like (doing).
– Talk about goods in shops
– Ask and say how much things cost, where they were made, what they are, etc.
– Ask if they could buy something, be shown something, could have something wrapped up.
Students should be able to:
– Recognise more Japanese words in Hiragana/Katakana.
– Write a letter in Hiragana/Katakana, outlining clear biographical details and personal interests.