Language Modules - Japanese

Modules offered under the centre are as follows
Semester I, 2013-2014
Module Code Module Name
LAJ1201 Japanese 1
LAJ2201 Japanese 2
LAJ2202 Japanese 3
LAJ2203 Japanese 4
LAJ3201 Japanese 5
LAJ3203 Business Japanese 1
LAJ3205 Media Japanese
Semester II, 2013-2014
Module Code Module Name
LAJ1201 Japanese 1
LAJ2201 Japanese 2
LAJ2202 Japanese 3
LAJ2203 Japanese 4
LAJ3201 Japanese 5
LAJ3202 Japanese 6
There are no pre-requisites or qualifying test for Level 1000 language modules. But these modules are meant only for students without any prior knowledge. Those who have learned the language through formal and informal means (incl. through external courses, self-study or an extended stay in the target language country) must contact CLS to take a placement test.

Students may face disciplinary action by the University for making a false declaration.
Pre-requisites / Preclusions
Module Code Module Name Credit Student Requires
Pre-requisite Preclusion
LAJ1201 Japanese 1 4 NIL
LAJ2201 Japanese 2 4 Passed LAJ1201 or placement test NIL
LAJ2202 Japanese 3 4 Passed LAJ2201 or placement test NIL
LAJ2203 Japanese 4 4 Passed LAJ2202 or placement test NIL
LAJ3201 Japanese 5 4 Passed LAJ2203 or placement test NIL
LAJ3202 Japanese 6 4 Passed LAJ3201, LAJ3203 or placement test NIL
LAJ3203 Business Japanese 1 4 Passed LAJ2203 or placement test LAJ3202 and JLPT Level 1
LAJ3204 Business Japanese 2 4 Passed LAJ3203 or placement test NIL
LAJ3205 Media Japanese Pre-requisitie: Passed LAJ3201, LAJ3203 or placement test
LAJ4203 Newspaper Reading 5 Passed LAJ3201, LAJ3203 or placement test. NIL
LAJ4205 Expository Writing and Public Speaking 5 Passed LAJ3202 or placement test. NIL

LAJ1201 Japanese 1

This module is meant for students with no prior knowledge of the target language. Students with prior knowledge (including spoken proficiency) must contact CLS to take a placement test.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-5-0-1-4 NIL NIL

LAJ2201 Japanese 2

This module builds upon the basis of Japanese 1 and aims to develop basic linguistic and socio-cultural skills to expand the repertoire of the daily topics and situations with simple structures. Approximately 110 kanji and 180 kanji - word s will be introduced. While more emphasis is placed on the development of oral communication skills, students will also learn how to read and write simple and short compositions
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-5-0-1-4 Passed LAJ1201 or placement test NIL NIL

LAJ2202 Japanese 3

Building upon the basis of Japanese 2, this module develops students' ability to communicate and expands the repertoire of daily topics and situations. Complex structures such as transitive and intransitive, conditionals and passive forms are introduced. Approximately 150 kanji and 200 kanji - words will be introduced. With this knowledge of characters, student s will be able to understand and write simple and short essays.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-5-0-1-4 Passed LAJ2201 or passed placement test NIL NIL

LAJ2203 Japanese 4

Building upon the basis of Japanese 3, this module aims to further develop students' communication skills on daily topics of general interests. It enhances students' socio-cultural awareness and enables them to communicate meaningfully in appropriate manner using polite expressions. Approximately 150 kanji and 200 kanji - words will be introduced. With this knowledge of characters, students will be able to understand letters with fairly formal written language.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-5-0-1-4 Passed LAJ2202 or placement test NIL NIL

LAJ3201 Japanese 5

This module aims to equip students with skills and strategies to discuss fairly complex topics, such as social and cultural issues. Students will also acquire the ability to express their thoughts in writing by using complex structural patterns with conjunctions and transitional phrases. By the end of th is module, students should be familiar with the language to the extent of being comfortable in using it as a medium of communication (oral, written, listening, and reading) with native speakers.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-5-0-2-3 Passed LAJ2203 or placement test NIL NIL

LAJ3202 Japanese 6

This module further enhances skills and strategies to discuss complex topics such as social, cultural, and historical issues based on authentic materials. S tudents will also learn how to summarize long and difficult texts, how to structure essays and skills to read newspapers. By the end of this module, students will attain good all-round proficiency in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and will be able to handle more elabora te situations in communicating with native speakers.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-5-0-2-2 Passed LAJ3201, LAJ3203 or placement test NIL NIL

LAJ3203 Business Japanese 1

Students will be taught the specialised vocabulary and communication styles found in the Japanese business world, including both the written and the oral forms of communication. The ability to read, understand and write minutes will be emphasised. Students will also be introduced to the language-related work style found in the Japanese business environment.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-5-0-2-3 Passed LAJ2203 or placement test LAJ3202 and JLPT Level 1 NIL

LAJ3204 Business Japanese 2

This is a continuation of LAJ3203 Business Japanese 1. Students will be taught more specialised vocabulary and communication styles found in the Japanese business world, including both the written and the oral forms of communication. The ability to read, understand and write minutes will be further covered. Students will also be further familiarised with the language-related work style found in the Japanese business environment.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-5-0-2-3 Passed LAJ3203 or placement test NIL NIL

LAJ3205 Media Japanese

Students will be taught the specialised vocabulary and communication styles found in the Japanese business world, including both the written and the oral forms of communication. The ability to read, understand and write minutes will be emphasised. Students will also be introduced to the language-related work style found in the Japanese business environment.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-4-0-2-2 Passed LAJ3201, LAJ3203 or placement test NIL NIL

LAJ4203 Newspaper Reading

In this module, students learn how to read, understand and analyse articles in newspapers and business journals. The aim is to familiarise students with a wide range of more advanced reading materials that are relevant to current social, economic and political developments in Japan.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 4-0-0-3-5.5 Passed LAJ3201, LAJ3203 or placement test. NIL NIL

LAJ4205 Expository Writing and Public Speaking

This module is designed to assist students' projects so that they can present their ideas effectively in oral and written form. Students are expected to have some data at hand for analysis or at least a concrete project topic. Contrastive analysis of English and Japanese expository writing styles will be carried out by comparing some sections of journal articles. Participants are expected to make progress reports on their projects and to comment actively on each other's presentations. This module is particularly useful for students researching topics that involve quantitative data, in such fields as linguistics, language teaching methodology, anthropology and sociology.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 2-1-0-3-6.5 Passed LAJ3202, JLPT Level 2 or 1, GCE ‘AO' level Japanese or placement test. NIL NIL
* Workload: A-B-C-D-E
The components are as follow:
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week