Undergraduate course

Japanese & Intercultural Communication BA (Hons)

Want to learn about language, culture and experience life in Japan, whilst learning Japanese?

Undertaking this exciting Japanese & Intercultural Communication course provides insights into different sociocultural language practices, providing you with specialist communication skills you could use to work in Japan or in an international professional context.

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92% of students on TESOL & Japanese BA (Hons) were satisfied with their course. National Student Survey 2017

  • UCAS Code – T2X4
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Using a communicative Japanese teaching style in your first year, you can start your studies as a beginner or with previous Japanese language experience.

You’ll enrich your language learning with an exploration of Japanese cultures, communities and societies through the medium of Japanese. You will experience this for yourself when you spend your third year in Japan. By the time you graduate you will be able to use Japanese to have conversations, give presentations, join in discussions, write coherently and communicate effectively for a range of purposes.

Alongside your Japanese studying you will discover and discuss a range of specialist languages and linguistics themes. Study how we convey meaning, how language varies according to speaker and situation, the position of English in the multilingual world and social, political and ideological issues in language and education. There are a wide array of modules which you may choose from, whether that is Forensic Linguistics or Speech and Language Pathology.

You will also get the opportunity to complete an internationally-recognised teaching qualification which is included in the programme’s tuition fees, subject to interview. The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is awarded by Cambridge Assessment English, part of the University of Cambridge. This four-week intensive course is delivered on our campus at York St John University, so you can graduate with both a BA (Hons) Degree, providing you with the invaluable skills and qualifications to teach English globally.

Course Structure

Level 1

Modules

Semester 1:

One of:

Accelerated Japanese 1 - This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Japanese language and is designed to prepare you for your period of study abroad. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression, the course covers the language you will need to navigate life in Japan and at your host university. Successful students will be able to read and understand simple written texts, and express themselves on everyday matters in both orally and in writing.
Japanese Communication 1 - This course is for students who have prior study of Japanese and is designed to build on your previous knowledge preparing you for your period of study abroad. With a focus on self-expression, narrative and description, the course covers language you will need to communicate socially in Japan and at your host university. Successful students will be able to read and understand written texts, and be able to express a wide range of ideas in both orally and in writing.
Both of:

Language and Society - This module explores key aspects of language variation and the relationship between language and society. You will learn about language as a social phenomenon and be given opportunities to explore the role that social and cultural context plays in language variation. The module also introduces the ways language resources can be used to reflect and construct a range of social identities such as social class, gender, sexuality, age, race and ethnicity.
Key Concepts for Language Learning and Teaching - This module lays a theoretical foundation to key topics and themes in TESOL in preparation for any tutoring you may do in your second year and beyond. You will focus on 'folk' versus linguistic descriptions of English, and how these relate to the economic, cultural and political contexts of language teaching.

Semester 2:

One of:

Accelerated Japanese 2 - This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Japanese language and is designed to prepare you for your period of study abroad. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression, the course covers the language you will need to navigate life in Japan and at your host university. Successful students will be able to read and understand simple written texts, and express themselves on everyday matters in both orally and in writing.
Japanese Communication 2 - This course is for students who have prior study of Japanese and is designed to build on your previous knowledge preparing you for your period of study abroad. With a focus on self-expression, narrative and description, the course covers language you will need to communicate socially in Japan and at your host university. Successful students will be able to read and understand written texts, and be able to express a wide range of ideas in both orally and in writing.
Both of:

Intercultural Communication - Incorporating real-life examples and case studies from around the world, this module prepares you to understand ‘culture’ beyond the essentialist stereotyping. You’ll reflect on and improve your own communication skills, while gaining theoretical knowledge in the area of intercultural communication which you can draw on while you are studying abroad.
Multilingualism - This module addresses the world’s linguistic diversity and variation, and situates the English language within the context of our multilingual world. Language variation and multilingualism are considered from linguistic, psychological, sociocultural, socio-political, educational and public policy perspectives.

All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Level 2

Modules

If abroad for a full year...

Language at work (distance) - You will engage in a work-based activity relating to your programme of study. This might be educational, vocational, recreational or career-orientated and will depend on your individual aspirations and skills.
Modules offered by host institution (100 credits)
While studying abroad, you will take Japanese language classes at your host university, as well as courses, either taught in English or in Japanese, that are relevant to the TESOL side of your degree. Your courses will be assessed by the host institution, and the grades will be converted to York St John University credits. You will also take a distance-learning work placement module during your year abroad.

Approval to study abroad is given subject to meeting basic criteria. For study abroad in 2020/21, the requirements include passing all modules and attending at least 80% of all taught sessions. While almost all our students do meet these criteria, occasionally students don’t. If students have otherwise met the requirements to progress to second year, but have not met the criteria for study abroad, it will usually be possible to transfer to a course which does not contain a study abroad element, most likely English language, linguistics & TESOL.

All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

If abroad for semester one only...

Semester 1:

Modules offered by host insitution (60 credits)
While studying abroad, you will take Japanese language classes at your host university, as well as courses, either taught in English or in Japanese, that are relevant to the TESOL side of your degree. Your courses will be assessed by the host institution, and the grades will be converted to York St John University credits. You will also take a distance-learning work placement module during your year abroad.

Approval to study abroad is given subject to meeting basic criteria. For study abroad in 2020/21, the requirements include passing all modules and attending at least 80% of all taught sessions. While almost all our students do meet these criteria, occasionally students don’t. If students have otherwise met the requirements to progress to second year, but have not met the criteria for study abroad, it will usually be possible to transfer to a course which does not contain a study abroad element, most likely English language, linguistics & TESOL.

Semester 2:

Language at Work - This module comprises of a 10-day work placement. In addition the module will consider relevant issues and practices within places of work as well as the communication demands on the prospective work-seeker within contemporary society.
Japanese Language and Society 2 - You will learn Japanese through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Japan. By the end of the module successful students will be able to effectively describe experiences and events in Japanese, both orally and in writing, and give reasons and explanations for opinions.
Communication, Reasoning and Persuasion - This module explores the link between language use and reasoning, focusing on how this link underpins the persuasive power of language. Data used comprises, but is not limited to, communication about different cultures and unfamiliar contexts. You’ll develop research skills through weekly data analysis.
All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Level 2 - If abroad for semester two only...

Semester 1:

Japanese Language and Society 1 - You will learn Japanese through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Japan. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Japanese cultures, communities and societies.
Analysing Texts - This module allows you to develop advanced skills in reading and analysing texts across a variety of genres. A broad linguistic perspective will provide insights into how meanings are created and debated in texts. As a result you will have more understanding of issues of representation and power in contemporary discourses.
Language, Gender and Sexuality - Language, gender and sexuality is a diverse and often controversial field, giving rise to varying and sometimes contradictory theories. This module will provide you with a thorough grounding in the main areas of feminist and queer linguistic enquiry. The main aim of the module is to empower you to argue for your own position, and give you the grounding from which to develop your own work and ideas.
All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Semester 2:

Language at work (distance) - You will engage in a work-based activity relating to your programme of study. This might be educational, vocational, recreational or career-orientated and will depend on your individual aspirations and skills.
Modules offered by host insitution (40 credits)
While studying abroad, you will take Japanese language classes at your host university, as well as courses, either taught in English or in Japanese, that are relevant to the TESOL side of your degree. Your courses will be assessed by the host institution, and the grades will be converted to York St John University credits. You will also take a distance-learning work placement module during your year abroad.

Approval to study abroad is given subject to meeting basic criteria. For study abroad in 2020/21, the requirements include passing all modules and attending at least 80% of all taught sessions. While almost all our students do meet these criteria, occasionally students don’t. If students have otherwise met the requirements to progress to second year, but have not met the criteria for study abroad, it will usually be possible to transfer to a course which does not contain a study abroad element, most likely English language, linguistics & TESOL.

Level 3

Modules

Semester 1:

Japanese Language Project 1 - This module is designed for final year students who have spent a year (or a semester) in Japan. The class will be content-based, and so you are expected to communicate in Japnese and discuss a range of topics. By the end of this module, successful students will be able to communicate flexibly and effectively in Korean, both orally and in writing, for a range of academic, social and professional purposes.
Language, Identities and Cultures - This module explores the ways in which language can function as an indicator of a range of social and cultural identities and how language plays an active role in contructing identites. The module takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysing the relationship between language, identity and culture.
Attitudes to Language - This module examines publicly held views of language. It covers topics such as Standard English and correctness. With particular reference to education it also investigates the social, political and idealogical issues associated with these views.
Semester 2:

Japanese Language Project 2 - This module is designed for final year students who have spent a year (or a semester) in Japan. The class will be content-based, and so you are expected to communicate in Japanese and discuss a range of topics. By the end of this module, successful students will be able to communicate flexibly and effectively in Japanese, both orally and in writing, for a range of academic, social and professional purposes.
Dissertation (40 credits) - you will carry out independent research related to your programme on a topic of your choice backed by tutorial supervision.
All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Teaching & Assesment

Delivery

Japanese classes are delivered in small groups of up to 25 students. TESOL modules are delivered using a mixture of lectures, workshops and seminars. Seminar groups have up to 30 students.

Academic and research skills are embedded in modules, for example, academic writing and referencing, peer review, use of web based resources for document sharing, and the use of wikis and blogs.

Contact Hours

You will take three modules per semester (except for your final semester when you will take a 40-credit dissertation module and one other module). Each module has 2-4 hours of contact time. The taught sessions could be spread across all five days of the week, or could be concentrated into fewer days. Taught sessions are scheduled between 9.00am-8.00pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9.00am-1.00pm Wednesday, and 9.00am-6.00pm Friday.

As well as the taught sessions, you will also have academic tutorials through the semester, you can set up tutorials with your module tutors, and you'll be able to attend events such as the Colloquium Lectures and Language Talks.

While you are studying in Japan, you are likely to have more contact time, although the details will depend on the university you are studying at.

 

Self-study time

If you are joining us from school, college or the workplace you will probably feel you have a very empty timetable. This is becuase a 20-credit module, which is equivalent to 200 hours of study, only has 2-4 hours a week of contact time - the rest is study you are expected to do yourself.

We support students in achieving this by giving lots of guidance on what to study, including weekly readings and preparation for assessments, and offering regular tutorials and drop-in sessions with module tutors so you can get feedback on your work. All modules are supported by materials hosted on Moodle, the University's Virtual Learning Environment.

Staffing

Our Japanese academic staff are Mary Murata and Dr Chisato Danjo. You will also be taught by other academic staff in the School. The School of Languages and Linguistics Head of School is Dr Rachel Wicaksono. The Japanese & Intercultural Communication programme is managed by the Subject Director for Languages and TESOL, Dr Becky Muradás-Taylor. University support staff are well integrated into our programme, for example, a representative from the library contributes sessions on research and referencing over the course of the programme.

Assessment Methods

Japanese modules are assessed with a combination of oral exam, videos, class tests and written work. The assessment for TESOL modules varies from module to module. There is an exam on Language Structure: Grammar in first year. Other assessment methods include essays, presentations, data analysis, online tests, peer reviews, blog posts and research proposals and reports.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

You can enter this programme as a beginner in Japanese. You can also enter if you have studied Japanese before and/or if you have any qualifications in Japanese.

The programme is not suitable if:

  • Japanese is your first language
  • You have C1 level of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) in Japanese

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

STUDY ABROAD

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

FINANCIAL HELP AND SUPPORT

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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