Japanese B2

CEFR level/unit
Reception
Interaction
Production
Listening
Reading
Spoken Interaction
Spoken Production
Written Production
B2 I can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. I can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. I can understand the majority of films in standard dialect. I can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular stances or viewpoints. I can understand contemporary literary prose. I can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. I can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views. I can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest. I can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. I can write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to my interests. I can write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.
B2.2 Japanese studies advanced 6 In ATS3152, I can understand most of the contents of a variety of audio-visual genres, such as Japanese TV programmes, movies and documentaries, containing concrete and abstract discussions related to the topics in this unit. In ATS3152, I can read through and understand Japanese literary works and critical reviews of literary works with the assistance of dictionaries. In addition, I can analyse the features of the works and the writers, and the issues of English translations. In ATS3152, I continue to develop my ability to state my opinion logically, accurately and fluently in class discussions about the contents of the visual and reading materials studied in class.   In ATS3152, I can give a 15-20 min presentation on modern Japanese literary works, summarising information from references and stating my opinions logically. In ATS3152, with the assistance of dictionaries and other language resources, I can translate English literary works into Japanese, considering the historical and cultural backgrounds. I can also write an essay about my observations regarding the literary works.
B2.2 Japanese studies advanced 5 In ATS2151, I can understand approx. 15 min presentations by my classmates, with the assistance of vocabulary lists. I can also understand most of the contents of Japanese TV programmes (approx. 10 min) related to the topics of this unit. In ATS2151, I can understand academic (or specialised) books and papers (A4 5-20 pages) written for native speakers, if I use dictionaries and take sufficient time. In ATS2151, I continue to improve accuracy and fluency in my speaking skills in order to take part in class discussions, and to state my opinions based on the analysis of resources. I can also ask questions concerning presentations made by my classmates. In ATS2151, I expand my ability to present an analysis of data as well as my opinions in a 15 min presentation, whilst utilising an appropriate speech style and expressions for the presentation. In ATS2151, I expand my ability to convey information from references and to state my opinions academically. I can write a 2000 character essay, utilising an appropriate academic writing style, including citation style.
B2.1 Japanese studies advanced 4 In ATS2150, through the practice of basic interpreting, I continue to improve accuracy and fluency in my ability to understand detailed information from conversations and monologues by native speakers, taking into account the cultural differences between English and Japanese as well as contexts of conversations. In ATS2150, through the basic practice of translation, I develop my ability to read various types of authentic materials carefully, and understand the contents accurately. In addition, I develop my ability to understand the cultural differences between English and Japanese, by undertaking analysis of writing styles and genres.

In ATS2150, through the basic practices of dialogue interpreting, I continue to improve accuracy and fluency in my speaking ability to convey messages accurately in oral communication, considering the cultural differences between English and Japanese. I can also logically express my opinions.

In ATS2150, I further develop my expository and presentation skills (to analyse various opinions, and state my own opinion) in an oral presentation.

In ATS2150, through the basic practice of translation, I refine my ability to use appropriate expressions (writing styles, politeness), and can convey messages accurately, with the assistance of dictionaries. I can also write summaries in my own words.
B2.1 Japanese studies advanced 3 In ATS1149, with assistance of glossaries/dictionaries, I can understand the main points of various audio visual genre (documentaries, movies, rakugo; approx.30-60 min). I can also pick up key words and expressions while listening to Japanese songs. In ATS1149, with the assistance of glossaries and dictionaries, I can understand and analyse the main points of a variety of texts written for native speakers. I also refine my reading strategies, such as skimming, scanning, and intensive reading. In ATS1149, I can take part in class discussion, and state my opinions using the information from the materials studied in class. In ATS1149, I can do approx. 10 min presentation on one of the topics studied in class. In the presentation, I can explain information from references, and can talk about my argument, employing an appropriate speech style. In ATS1149, I expand my ability to write essays (approx. 1400-1600 characters) in Japanese. I can state my opinions using information from references, and employ an appropriate writing style.