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Undergraduate course

Japanese, English Language & Linguistics BA (Hons)

Study Japanese language and find your specialism by choosing from a range of English Language and Linguistic modules.

A street in Japan with a pink lantern in the foreground. The lantern has black Japanese writing on it.

Study of structure and use of language while learning Japanese. This 4 year degree includes a year in Japan after your second year of study. You will learn communicative Japanese skills and gain a deep understanding of Japanese culture. If you want to choose from a range of English language and linguistics modules, this course will suit you. Investigate how we convey meaning and how language can vary according to speaker and situation.

91% of English Language & Linguistics students were satisfied with their course (NSS 2019)

York campus

  • UCAS Code – QT32
  • Duration – 4 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

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

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

This programme is suitable if you are a beginner in Japanese, or have prior experience with the language. We will place you at an appropriate level. By the end of the programme, you will have gained the ability to have conversations and discussions in Japanese. You will develop the ability to give presentations and write coherently in the language. Learn to use Japanese for academic, social and professional purposes, reaching upper B2/C1 level on the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).

The English Language and Linguistics part of the programme gives you a working knowledge of linguistics, how we use language and how it's structured. There are several optional modules on the programme which explore linguistics. Some modules explore the way we articulate speech while others look at how English differs around the world. You will also examine how language is processed in the mind.

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 successful interview. 

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

Japanese and Intercultural and Contemporary Communication

Japanese and Intercultural Communication

Japanese and TESOL 

Japanese, TESOL and Linguistics

Language and Communication Studies

Course structure

Year 1 

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This programme can only be studied full time.

In your first year with us, you will take:

  • 1 optional module and 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 1 optional module and 2 compulsory modules in semester 2.

You can find out out more by viewing our Programme Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Optional module

If you have no prior knowledge of the Japanese language, this is the module you will take. 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 before, this is the module you will take. 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 aims to develop your critical awareness of language. It will introduce the historical development of language and of English, of linguistics, and a variety of systematic approaches to language study.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module gives an overview of the interpretation of meaning in language use. You will explore the theories of semantics and pragmatics and discuss their application.

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

On this module you will examine the grammatical framework of linguistic structures. You will consider how the elements of this framework relate to meaning and explore these issues in relation to real texts. You will develop analytic and presentation skills on this module which will be used and enhanced throughout your degree.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module introduces the principles of articulatory phonetics. You will explore the description, recognition and production of the sounds and symbols of the International Phonetic Association.

Year 2 

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This programme can only be studied full time.

In your second year with us, you will take:

  • 1 compulsory module and 2 optional modules in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Programme Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. Not all modules may run every year.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

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.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Develop advanced skills in reading and analysing texts. You will explore how to apply genre, ideology structure, critical reading and discourse when reading. Your broad linguistic perspective will provide insights into how we create and debate meaning in texts.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module builds on and applies phonetics teaching from your first year. We will introduce you to aspects of phonetics and phonology which support the analysis of varieties of language. These include child phonology and languages other than English.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Language, gender and sexuality is a diverse and often controversial field. It gives rise to varying and sometimes contradictory theories. This module will provide you with a grounding in the main areas of feminist and queer linguistic enquiry. The module aims to empower you to argue for your own position and to give you the grounding to develop your own work and ideas.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Apply your linguistic knowledge and explore linguistic diversity in schools and classrooms. You will draw on your knowledge of language acquisition, learning, and language diversity. Explore the concept of language inclusion in schools and how this might work in practice. You will also explore the practice of working with multilingual children who have Special Educational Needs.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module builds on the key concepts introduced in your first year. You will address the development, structure and use of international varieties of English. Trace the origins and history of the language to its current role as a global language and gain a theoretical framework for the dissertation module in your final year.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Build on your skills from the first semester as you learn Japanese through a range of tasks. Learn Japanese through activities which cover a range of Japan-related topics. We will guide you as you learn to describe experiences and events in Japanese both through speech, and writing.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Incorporating examples and case studies from around the world, this module prepares you to understand ‘culture’ beyond the essentialist stereotyping. You will reflect on and improve your own communication skills, while gaining theoretical knowledge in the area of intercultural communication.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will learn how to analyse language as forensic evidence across different crime scenarios. Using case studies, you will examine where forensic linguistics has played a key role in making convictions and overturning miscarriages of justice.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module, you will develop the ability to apply your linguistic knowledge to literacy acquisition. You will examine how oral language development feeds into reading and writing development. We will teach you how to analyse reading and writing performance at various stages of literacy development.

Credits: 20

Optional module

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

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will help you develop your awareness of the sociocultural dimensions of language in use. You will investigate issues which make a difference to the way language is used in various aspects of everyday social life. Consider “user factors” by looking at who is involved in the language use and explore “situational factors” like where, when and why the language is used. This module will provide you with theoretical constructs, methodological procedures, analytical tools and research skills that you can use in your other modules, and your dissertation.

Study abroad year 

 

Whilst studying abroad you will take Japanese language classes at your host university. You will also take courses, either taught in English or in Japanese, that are relevant to the English Language and Linguistics side of your degree.

You are expected to fully engage with the tuition and assessment, but your grades will not be converted to York St John credits. You will take a distance-learning work placement module during your year abroad.

Year 4 

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This programme can only be studied full time.

In your final year with us, you will take:

  • 1 compulsory module and 2 optional modules in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory modules and a 40 credit dissertation module in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Programme Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. Not all modules may run every year.

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 will be able to communicate in Japanese, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will examine publicly held views of language covering topics such as Standard English and correctness. With reference to education you will investigate the social, political and ideological issues associated with these views.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module, we will introduce you to the key theories of child language acquisition. The module takes a workshop approach to learning about how children acquire and produce speech sounds. You will examine the typical phonological processes seen in children, and how these articulations move towards the adult system over time.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module, you will examine regional varieties of British English. Your focus will be on lexical, morphological, syntactic, phonetic and phonological levels. At the end of the module, you will be able to complete an analytical description and comparison of social and regional accents.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module, you will study second language acquisition theory and gain a critical understanding of variation in L2 English. Looking at both L1 and L2 Englishes, you will explore grammatical and Phonological features including:

  • verbs and clauses
  • word class and order
  • phonotactics
  • syllable structure and stress.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module explores how language can function as an indicator of a range of social and cultural identities. You will examine how language plays an active role in constructing identities. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, you will analyse the relationship between language, identity and culture.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to speech and language pathology. You will develop an appreciation of how clinicians evaluate and make decisions about intervention to remediate speech and language difficulties in both adults and children.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will train you to be a critical, reflective and adaptive TESOL professional who is aware of current debates in the TESOL field and can articulate your position on these issues. On the module you will study what to teach and how to assess in a globalised world, how to analyse the goals, needs and preferences of your students and how to cater for individual differences.

Credits: 20

Optional 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. You will receive one to one support from a designated dissertation tutor throughout the 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 English Language and Linguistics modules. Seminar groups have up to 30 students.

In first, second and fourth year, you will take three modules per semester. Each has 2 to 4 hours of contact time. We schedule our taught sessions between 9.00am and 8.00pm, Monday to 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 will have academic tutorials throughout the semester. You can set up tutorials with your module tutors, and you will be able to attend events such as the Colloquium LecturesYou 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 English Language and Linguistics modules varies from module to module. Assessment methods include:

  • Blog posts
  • Data analysis
  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Peer reviews
  • Presentations
  • Research proposals
  • Reports.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

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

International Students

If you are an international student, you will need to show that your qualifications are equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

This programme is not suitable if:

  • Japanese is your first language
  • You have an A level in Japanese
  • You have B1 level or above 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 and EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

UK and EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to our Foundation, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and undergraduate Health degrees is £9,250 per year for full time UK, EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

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.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Find out more about funding for Foundation or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to our Foundation, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and undergraduate Health degrees is £12,750 per year for international (non-EU) students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

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 pages.

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation pages 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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