Undergraduate course

Japanese & TESOL BA (Hons)

Want to open doors to different cultures, languages and opportunities?

On this three year course you’ll study for a semester or a year in Japan and gain the skills and confidence to teach English in Japan and around the world. You can undertake a year of study in Japan in your second year of this programme - without adding time to your degree.

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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 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

You will learn Japanese language skills, gain a rich understanding of Japanese culture, develop your ability to communicate interculturally and gain insight into different sociocultural language practices. We are proud of our partner universities in Osaka, Tokyo and across Japan where you can choose to spend a year or semester abroad to enhance your learning.

You can enter this programme whether you are a beginner in Japanese or have studied Japanese before. You will be placed at an appropriate level, either Accelerated Japanese or Japanese Communication, depending on your previous experience.

In the first year we use a communicative Japanese teaching style. The third year Japanese language project modules use content-and-language integrated learning where you will study aspects of Japanese cultures, communities and societies through the medium of Japanese.

 

By the end of the programme, successful students reach upper B2/C1 Independent/Proficient User level on the JF standard for Japanese language education. You will be able to have conversations, give presentations, join in discussions and write coherently, communicating effectively for a range of academic, social and professional purposes.

This programme is designed to give you the skills you need to work in Japan or in an international professional context. You’ll gain both theoretical expertise and real-life experience in intercultural communication. You’ll study how language relates to speakers’ intentions and purposes in social interaction, social attitudes to language and the way language choices can express identities and cultural values.

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:

  • English Language and Linguistics - 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. Seminar sessions will allow you to develop academic literacy skills through individual and small group development of lecture content, and workshop sessions will focus on an introduction to the study of English phonetics. 
  • 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 their 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:

  • Descriptive Grammar of English - This module introduces you to the description of grammatical structures of English, considering some of the grammatical variation found within and beyond the UK. The module introduces basic terminology, concepts and analytical skills which are crucial for TESOL modules later on in the programme. You will also have the opportunity to develop your presentation skills.
  • 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.

 

 All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Level 2 (includes study abroad element) 

During this year you will study in Japan enhancing your cultural knowledge and experience alongside your academic learning.  Study abroad will be for either one year or one semester and you can choose whether to study abraod in your first or second semester. To see what is included in these elements of the course see the study abroad tab. 

If your study abroad element is for your first semester only then during your second semester back at York St John University you will study the following: 

  • 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.
  • Psycholinguistics - This module helps you develop an awareness of the psychological dimensions of language knowledge and use and provides you with a broad map of the concepts, issues, phenomena and research methods associated with the field of psycholinguistics.

If your study abroad element is for your second semester only then during your first semester at York St John University you will study the following: 

  • 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.
  • World Englishes - What is the impact of the spread of English on other languages, cultures and identities? This module addresses the development, structure and use of international varieties of English, tracing the origins and history of the language to its current role as a global language. 
  • Applied Phonetics and Phonology - This module builds on and applies phonetics teaching from level 1. You willl be introduced to aspects of phonetics and phonology which support the analysis of varieties of language including child phonology and languages other than English.

 All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

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.
  • TESOL Theories and Methods - This module applies linguistic theory to the practical issues of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Theories of second language acquisition and learning, and methodologies of second language teaching will be related to a variety of teaching and learning contexts world-wide.
  • L2 Grammar and Phonology - You will explore core features and structures of English grammar and phonetics. Skills taught on this module will enable the detailed description of L2 Englishes, drawing on theories of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and second language acquisition.

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.

Study abroad

This course offers the exciting opportunity to spend either a year or a semester in Japan immersing yourself in Japanese culture and society whilst you study at one of our Japanese partner institutions. 

If studying for a year you will complete the following: 

MODULES

  • 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)

All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated

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.

If studying for a semester abroad you can choose whether to go abroad for your first or second semester. If studying abroad for your first semester you will complete the following:

  • Modules offered by host insitution (60 credits) 

If studying abroad for your second semester you will complete the following:

  • 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)

All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

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.

 

 

 

Teaching & Assessment

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. In addition, if you wish you can take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test for no extra fee in third year.

The assessment for TESOL modules varies from module to module. There is an exam on 1LL303 Descriptive Grammar of English in your 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

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.

For those courses that include a year of study abroad the fee for the year in which the study abroad takes place is 15% of the regular annual tuition fee.

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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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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