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Undergraduate course

Japanese & TESOL BA (Hons)

Study Japanese and prepare to teach English around the world. Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and learn to speak and write the language with confidence.

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Gain the skills needed to teach English in Japan and across the globe. This three-year degree includes a study abroad element. You can choose to study in Japan for one semester or a full year. You'll gain communicative Japanese language skills and explore methods for teaching English in a multilingual world. We've included the internationally-recognised teaching qualification, CELTA, in this programme. Subject to a successful interview.

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

  • UCAS Code – T2X1
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full time
  • Start date – 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

This programme is suitable if you're a beginner, or have prior knowledge of Japanese. We will place you at an appropriate level. By the end of the programme, you'll have gained the ability to have conversations and discussions in Japanese. You'll be able to give presentations and write coherently. Successful students will be able to use Japanese for academic, social and professional purposes, reaching upper B2/C1 level on the JF standard for language education. 

TESOL explores theories and methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Our approach to teaching TESOL focuses on teaching English in a multilingual world. 

A study abroad element is part of this degree. You'll spend either the whole year or a semester in Japan in your second year. During this time you'll take Japanese language and other relevant classes at your host university. 

We offer you the opportunity to take a CELTA course free of charge as part of your degree. CELTA is the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other languages. It is an internationally-recognised teaching qualification awarded by Cambridge Assessment English. You'll gain hands-on teaching experience that will prepare you for a career in teaching English. Acceptance onto this course is subject to a successful interview. 

Japanese and TESOL is part of a suite of Japanese programmes. Not sure which one to choose? Take a look at our other programmes:

Course structure

Level 1

In semester one and two, you'll take either our Accelerated Japanese or Japanese Communication modules. Which you take depends on whether you've studied Japanese before. You'll then take the other compulsory modules offered for that semester. 

Modules

Credits: 20

Optional module

If you have no prior knowledge of the Japanese language, this course is for you. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression the course covers the language needed to communicate in Japanese on routine and familiar topics.

Credits: 20

Optional module

If you have studied Japanese become, this is the module for you. It is designed to build on your previous knowledge. With a focus on self-expression, narrative and description the course covers the language needed to communicate socially in Japanese. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module introduces you to the discipline of applied linguistics and to controversies in its definition, scope and relationship to linguistics and language teaching. The module will prepare you for any tutoring you may do in your second year and beyond.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module aims to develop your critical awareness of language, introducing the historical development of language and of English, of linguistics, and a variety of systematic approaches to language study.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Build on your knowledge from semester one and improve your confidence in Japanese. Successful students will be able to read and understand written texts and express themselves on everyday matters both orally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Build on your knowledge from semester one and further improve your confidence in Japanese. Successful students will be able to read and understand written texts and be able to express a wide range of ideas both orally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module examines the grammatical framework of linguistic structures. Discussions will also consider how configurations of the elements of this framework relate to meaning. Where possible, the module examines these issues in relation to real texts.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

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. 

Level 2

This year you'll complete your study abroad element. Study in Japan and enhance your cultural knowledge and experience. Choose whether you study in Japan for a whole year or one semester. Approval to study abroad is given subject to meeting basic criteria. Requirements include passing all modules and attending at least 80% of all taught sessions.

If you choose to study abroad in semester one, you'll come back to York in semester two and study: 

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module, you'll consider relevant issues and practices within the workplace. Explore the communication demands on the work-seeker within contemporary society. Embark on a 10-day work placement. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Learn Japanese through engaging activities which cover a range of Japan-related topics. We'll guide you as you learn to describe experiences and events in Japanese both through speech, and writing. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module helps you develop an awareness of the psychological dimensions of language knowledge and use. Explore the concepts, issues and research methods in the field of psycholinguistics.

Level 2 

If you choose to study abroad in semester two, you'll study the following modules before you go: 

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Learn Japanese through engaging activities which cover a range of Japan-related topics. We'll guide you as you learn to describe experiences and events in Japanese both through speech, and writing. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

How does the spread of English impact other languages, cultures and identities? This module addresses the development, structure and use of international varieties of English. You'll trace the origins and history of the language to its current role as a global language.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module builds on and applies phonetics teaching from level 1. It's an introduction to aspects of phonetics and phonology which support the analysis of varieties of language. These include child phonology and languages other than English.

Level 3 

 

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Classes are content-based so you will communicate in Japanese to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you'll be able to communicate in Japanese, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Apply linguistic theory to the practical issues of teaching English to international learners. You'll investigate the theories of second language acquisition. We'll show you how to apply methodologies of second language teaching. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Explore core features and structures of English grammar and phonetics. Draw on theories of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax to understand L2 Englishes. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Building on your knowledge from semester one, you will communicate in Japanese to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you'll be able to communicate in Japanese, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

Carry out independent research on a topic of your choice. One-to-one tutorials with a designated dissertation tutor will support you through this module. This is your opportunity to bring all your learning together into an extended piece of work.

Teaching and assessment

We deliver our Japanese classes in small groups of up to 25 students. Lectures, workshops and seminars make up the delivery of our TESOL modules. Seminar groups have up to 30 students.

In first, second and fourth year, you will take three modules per semester. Each has 2–4 hours of contact time. We schedule our taught sessions between 9.00am and 8.00pm, Monday-Friday. While you are studying in Japan you are likely to have more contact time. Details will depend on the university you are studying at.

In addition to taught sessions you'll 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. You will also be expected to conduct independent study outside of contact time.

For your Japanese modules, assessment methods include oral exams, videos, class tests and written work. The assessment for TESOL modules varies from module to module. Assessment methods include:

  • Data analysis
  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Research proposals.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

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

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 Opportunities 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

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

Your fees are likely to be reduced for your study abroad year. For UK/EU students there is currently an 85% fee reduction for a full-year abroad, and an Erasmus monthly grant for study in EU countries.

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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Sean Graves

Japanese and TESOL BA (Hons)

I spent a year abroad in Japan as part of my course and I’m unbelievably grateful to York St John for providing the opportunity, the experience was invaluable. Upon my return from Japan I got involved with the academic rep system, helped manage the Languages Society and made friends with new exchange students, it was brilliant. The staff were great, I genuinely felt that I could talk to them more as a peer than as just a teacher. They were often available to help me with any concerns or questions I had. In a way, the staff were the highlight of my time on the course.

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