ENGINEERING TRIPOS PART IIA - 2012/2013
Project SL6 - Japanese
Leader: Dr. M. Ashikari email: ma214
Project Type: Standard
NB first introductory session of 2 hours on Wednesday 8th May
Project Category: Language
Prerequisites: Previous or current study of Japanese
Timing: Wednesdays am, plus Friday am
- Communications (eg Mobile Phones)
- Energy and Envrionment (eg Hybrid Cars)
- New Transportations (eg Linear Motor Cars)
- Robot Industry (eg AIBO)
Choose one of the above topics. Produce a report in Japanese on a new application of the Japanese High-Tech product in collaboration with your Japanese partners at TIT (Tokyo Institute of Technology). Then give presentations in Japanese and write a summary of the report in Japanese.
- To teach Japanese in the
perspective of learning ‘languages for work and life’ by including
specific engineering tasks which require significant technical input and
- To encourage students to
adopt the mode of ‘learning languages for life’ by taking responsibility
for their own learning.
- To extend linguistic
competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills (with
particular emphasis on the latter) to enable operation at an appropriate
level in Japan.
- To extend technological
knowledge and understanding of Japanese industry.
- To develop the communication skill by carrying a co-project with Japanese partners
The tasks will be anchored on four principles:
- task based - to
reflect the realities of current language use.
- skill integration - to
operate efficiently in real life.
- language integration -
to achieve the greatest degree of realism and authenticity.
- cultural awareness -
to operate successfully in a linguistic and social sense.
4 hours contact teaching + 4 hours supported self-study + 12 hours untimetabled each week.
Group teaching, group work, pair work and individual work will be employed.
The projects will be run from the Language Unit to enable full use of the
Assessment will be based on current and technical language (70%) and
engineering (30%) content.
understanding the essential points of spoken discourse of a general or
more technical nature, and summarising effectively in either the target
language or English.
- speaking: responding
accurately and effectively to work-related situations, and using the
target language to enquire about/express opinions on general or
- reading: skimming,
interpreting, extracting data from specialist/non-specialist sources.
- writing: writing
memos, letters, specialised articles using the appropriate structure and
Format: Submission Date - Marks
Interim reports : Friday 24 May 2013 - 20 marks
Final report: 4pm Friday 7 June 2013 - 60 marks
There are 6 Shell Language Project Prizes, a total of £600.00 to be shared by the best students undertaking a Foreign Language Project, one of which will be for Japanese.
A talk on Foreign Language Projects will be given on Tuesday 29 January from 1-2pm in the Language Unit seminar room.
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