Been posting in the SOAS section for a while now
Sorry for the long post, didn't intend on it being this long. But any help is appreciated!
After lots of help from Mani Katti (thanks! ), I have a rough idea of how the course is taught.
I've been told that on the Japanese BA, the Minna no Nihongo textbooks are the staples for learning grammar, vocab and listening. Aswell as the SOAS workbooks.
Mani's assured me it's not just learning from the textbook. But I was wondering how the tutors make things interesting, and what else do they do to ensure students have a high ability using Japanese? It can't just be reading from the textbook, and a tutor reading it out loud?
I'm also a bit worried over how 'real life' student's ability will be over 'textbook Japanese'? Are the listening exercises from native Japanese speakers? I suppose that wouldn't be as big a problem with people being taught by native Japanese speakers, but it'd be nice to know ^_^
Another question I have is about tutor support. How good has it been in your opinion and the people who were/are on the course with you? I've looked at unistats and which university statistics, and the areas Japanese at SOAS seems to lack on compared to other universities are receiving sufficient advice and support (61%), and prompt feedback on work (57%), and ability to access IT resources (73%, compared to Sheffield's 89%). Just wondered if anyone could explain why they think these figures are pretty low? I particularly don't understand because I've heard there are two optional clinic sessions in the week. Maybe people couldn't attend these, and the tutors didn't support much outside of class/clinic time?
Lastly, how do SOAS help with getting jobs after students graduate (specifically for a Japanese single honours)?
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