Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Japanese Language for International Mobility 1 MFL1012

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This is an introductory course in Japanese for students with no prior knowledge of the language. The course, which enables students to reach the A1.1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages, introduces the tonal system and the four fundamental skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with a focus on communication. Students will also develop some awareness of Japanese culture.


2 contact hours per week over 11 weeks

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

Japanese Language for International Mobility 1 (Sem 2) MFL1011




Examination (1-hour duration) - 60%

Oral Exam (5 minutes) - 20%

Two x assessed language exercise - 10% each

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Oral assessments are not available for reassessment.

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ give students a foundation in spoken and written Japanese (around 25 characters in the Hiragana writing system and 25 in the Katakana one);

■ familiarise students with key features of Japanese grammar, tonal system and linguistic structures;

■ introduce students to aspects of Japanese culture and society.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Show understanding of simple written materials on various topics or subjects;

■ Read and write short Japanese paragraphs on a variety of topics;

■ Hold a basic conversation, as well as ask and answer simple questions on the topics covered during the course.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.