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Undergraduate course

Japanese, TESOL & Linguistics BA (Hons)

Giving you the opportunity to travel and enter the world of language and teaching, this degree is for the inquisitive and ambitious.

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We have a strong-track record of teaching languages and this programme will provide you with Japanese language skills enriched with an understanding of Japanese culture. You will be prepared for teaching English in a multilingual world - all underpinned by the fascinating knowledge and practice of linguistics.

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

  • UCAS Code – T2X3
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 4 years full-time | 8 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • 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 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Teach English in Japan and around the world by studying Japanese, TESOL & Linguistics at York St John University. Whether you or a beginner or have prior knowledge of Japanese, we will find the right learning path to fit with your experience. You will be taught by our language experts in a communicative Japanese teaching style in your first year. Progressing through the programme you will study aspects of Japanese culture, communities and societies through the medium of Japanese. You can put your learning into practice with a year abroad in Japan, bringing your studies to life with through exciting real-world experience.

 

The TESOL side of the programme will give you a strong foundation in linguistics, how language is used and structured and an understanding of how to teach English to speakers of other languages. Alongside this, we have a range of fascinating linguistics modules such as World Englishes and Psycholinguistics which you can select to suit your individual interest. You will study the way speech is articulated, how language is structured and related to meaning and the way in which language choices can express identities and cultural values.

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 Honours Degree and a teaching qualification allowing you to work 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. 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.
  • Japanese Communication 1 - This course is for students who have prior study of Japanese and is designed to build on your previous knowledge. With a focus on self-expression, narrative and description the course covers language needed to communicate socially in Japanese.

Both of:

  • Key Concepts for Language Learning and Teaching - 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.
  • 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.

Semester 2:

One of:

  • Accelerated Japanese 2 - This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Japanese language. Successful students will be able to read and understand simple written texts and express themselves on everyday matters 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. 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.

Both of:

  • Descriptive Grammar of English - 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.
  • Phonetics - This module introduces the principles of articulatory phonetics and instructs students in the description, recognition and production of a subset of the sounds and symbols of the International Phonetic Association.

 

All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Level 2

Modules

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.
  • 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.

Semester 2:

  • 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.
  • 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 be able to reflect on and improve your own communication skills, whilst gaining theoretical knowledge in the area of intercultural communication.
  • 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.

All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Level 3: Study abroad

Modules

Whilst studying abroad you will take Japanese language classes at your host university. You are expected to fully engage with the tuition and assessment, but your grades will not be converted to York St John credits, as the study abroad is in addition to first, second and fourth year. You will 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 2021/22, 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 third 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 BA (Hons).

Level 4

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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 & Assessment

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

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.

In first, second and third year, while you are studying at York St John University, you will take three modules per semester. Each 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 am–8 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am–1 pm Wednesday, and 9 am–6 pm 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.

Whilst 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.

Japanese modules are assessed with a combination of oral exam, videos, class tests and written work. The assessment for TESOL & Linguistics modules varies from module to module. There is an exam on Descriptive Grammar of English module 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

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 offers 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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