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GCSE (9-1)JapaneseThis draft qualification has not yet been accredited by Ofqual. It is published to enable teachers to have early sight of ourproposed approach to Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 - 1) in Music (1MU0). Further changes may be requiredand no assurance can be given at this time that the proposed qualification will be made available in its current form, orthat it will be accredited in time for first teaching in September 2016 and first award in 2018.SpecificationPearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 - 1) in Japanese (1JA0)First teaching from September 2017First certification from June 2019Issue 3

Summary of Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2GCSE (9-1) in Japanese SpecificationIssue 3 changesSummary of changes made between previous issue and this currentissueAmendment to the administration of the speaking component (Paper 2):Page number14The specification has been changed to inform the teacher that they may nowgain access to the assessment materials three working days before theprescribed five week assessment period (rather than three working days beforethe first scheduled student assessment). The wording in bullet point 6 onpage 14 has been changed to the following, (amended wording written in bold):‘The assessment materials provided by Pearson for all tasks may be accessedby the teacher no more than three working days before the prescribed fiveweek assessment period. This is to enable the teacher to prepare for theassessment. The assessment materials in this pack must not beremoved from the centre premises’.If you need further information on these changes or what they mean, contact us via our websiteat: tml.

Contents1Introduction2Why choose Edexcel GCSE Japanese?2Supporting you in planning and implementing this qualification3Qualification at a glance427Subject contentThemes and topics8Paper 1: Listening and understanding in Japanese10Paper 2: Speaking in Japanese12Paper 3: Reading and understanding in Japanese35Paper 4: Writing in Japanese37Assessment Objectives63364Administration and general informationEntries64Access arrangements, reasonable adjustments, special consideration andmalpractice64Student recruitment and progression67Appendix 1: Candidate speaking examination record form (CS2)71Appendix 2: Grammar list72Appendix 3: Vocabulary list77Appendix 4: Kanji list129Appendix 5: The context for the development of thisqualification130Appendix 6: Transferable skills132Appendix 7: Codes133

1 IntroductionWhy choose Edexcel GCSE Japanese?We believe languages should be accessible for all students. Our new Pearson EdexcelLevel 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Japanese has been developed to help students of all abilitiesprogress and develop a passion for languages, through culturally engaging content.We’ve listened to feedback from the languages community and have developed an engagingand inspirational course of study that will enable your students to manipulate and use thetarget language effectively, independently and creatively, so that they have a solid basisfrom which to progress to A Level or employment.Engaging and popular topicsOur specification includes both familiar and new topics that you have told us you like andthat motivate your students.Manageable contentOur content has been structured across five themes. This flexible programme of study allowstime for a focused revision period at the end of the course.Content and assessments that provide an engaging real-world focusThe authentic situations and stimuli enable students to see language in context and learnabout the culture of the target language country. Our assessments allow for spontaneity andtest grammar as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply theirknowledge independently, creatively and in authentic situations.Straightforward assessments that are accessible to all studentsSpecial care has been taken to ensure that all our papers are designed to be clear andconcise and, where appropriate, questions feature scaffolding to help all students’ progressthrough the assessments confidently. Both papers are also structured so that they areprogressive in their level of demand with the most demanding question being the finalquestion in the paper. Translation tasks are progressive in their level of difficulty and are ofappropriate demand at each tier.Carefully selected textsWe have worked closely with teachers and expert practitioners to ensure we includeinteresting and relevant texts at the right level for students at each tier and that willencourage the use of a wide range of texts in the classroom.Clear and precise assessment criteriaOur mark schemes have been trialled with sample student answers to ensure they rewardstudents appropriately and that it is clear what is expected of students at each band.Continuous progressionOur content builds on the understanding developed at prior language learning experience atKey Stage 3 while also ensuring that students new to the subject are appropriatelysupported, and provides a firm foundation for students to make a smooth transition toA Level.2Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Japanese – Specification– Issue 3 – October 2018 Pearson Education Limited 2018

Supporting you in planning and implementingthis qualificationPlanning To support you in delivering this specification, our Getting Started Guide, available onour website, gives you an overview of the new GCSE qualification to help you to get togrips with the changes to content and assessment and to help you understand what thesechanges mean for you and your students. We will give you an editable course planner and scheme of work that you can adapt tosuit your department. Our mapping documents highlight key differences between the new and 2009qualification.Teaching and learningThere are lots of free teaching and learning support to help you deliver the new qualification,including: a guide to questions in the target language student guide online and face-to-face training events.Preparing for examsWe also provide a range of resources to help you prepare your students for the assessments,including: marked exemplars of student work with examiner commentariesResultsPlusResultsPlus provides the most detailed analysis available of your students’ examperformance. It can help you identify the topics and skills where further learning wouldbenefit your students.Get help and supportOur subject advisor service, led by Alistair Drewery, and online community will ensure youreceive help and guidance from us and that you can share ideas and information with otherteachers. You can sign up to receive e-newsletters to keep up to date with qualificationupdates and product and service news.Learn more at qualifications.pearson.comPearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Japanese – Specification –Issue 3 – October 2018 Pearson Education Limited 20183

Qualification at a glanceContent and assessment overviewThe Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Japanese consists of four externallyexamined papers based on the following skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments inMay/June in any single year.Each paper is available at Foundation tier or Higher tier. Students must be entered for asingle tier across all papers.The use of dictionaries is not permitted. For Paper 2 this includes during thepreparation time.Paper 1: Listening and understanding in Japanese (*Paper code: 1JA0/1F and 1H)Written examinationFoundation tier: 35 minutes, including 5 minutes’ reading time; 50 marksHigher tier: 45 minutes, including 5 minutes’ reading time; 50 marks25% of the total qualificationContent overviewThis paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics.Assessment overviewStudents are assessed on their understanding of standard spoken Japanese by one or morespeakers in a range of public and social settings. Students will respond to multiple-responseand short-answer open-response questions based on a recording featuring male and femaleJapanese speakers.Students must answer all questions in both sections.There is no requirement for students to produce written responses in Japanese.Foundation tier All questions are set in English. The instructions to students are in English.Higher tier All questions are set in English. The instructions to students are in English.The listening audio files are available on our website.4Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Japanese – Specification– Issue 3 – October 2018 Pearson Education Limited 2018

Paper 2: Speaking in Japanese (*Paper code: 1JA0/2F and 2H)Internally conducted and externally assessedFoundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time; 70 marksHigher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time; 70 marks25% of the total qualificationContent overviewThis paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics.Assessment overviewStudents are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively throughspeaking in Japanese for different purposes and in different settings.There are three tasks which must be conducted in the following order: Task 1 – a role play based on one topic that is allocated by Pearson Task 2 – questions based on a picture stimulus based on one topic that is allocated byPearson Task 3 – conversation based on two themes. The first theme is based on the topic chosen bythe student in advance of the assessment. The second theme is allocated by Pearson.The assessments are conducted by teachers in one session within a prescribed assessmentwindow, the recordings are then submitted to Pearson for external marking.Paper 3: Reading and understanding in Japanese (*Paper code: 1JA0/3F and 3H)Written examinationFoundation tier: 50 minutes; 50 marks. Higher tier: 1 hour 5 minutes; 50 marks25% of the total qualificationContent overviewThis paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics.Assessment overviewStudents are assessed on their understanding of written Japanese across a range of differenttypes of texts, including advertisements, emails, letters, articles and literary texts. Studentsare required to respond to multiple-response and short-answer questions based on these texts.Students must answer all questions in each of the three sections: Section A is set in English. The instructions to students are in English. Section B includes a translation passage from Japanese into English with instructions inEnglish.Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Japanese – Specification –Issue 3 – October 2018 Pearson Education Limited 20185

Paper 4: Writing in Japanese (*Paper code: 1JA0/4F and 4H)Written examinationFoundation tier: 1 hour 15 minutes; 60 marksHigher tier: 1 hour 25 minutes; 60 marks25% of the total qualificationContent overviewThis paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics.Assessment overviewStudents are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively through writing in Japanesefor different purposes and audiences. Students are required to produce responses of varyinglengths and types to express ideas and opinions in Japanese. The instructions to students arein English. Character counts are specified for each question. Students must answer allquestions.Foundation tierThere are three open-response questions and one translation into Japanese.Higher tierThere are two open-response questions and one translation into Japanese.*See Appendix 7: Codes for a description of this code and all codes related to thisqualification.6Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Japanese – Specification– Issue 3 – October 2018 Pearson Education Limited 2018

2 Subject contentThe Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Japanese allows students to developtheir ability to communicate with Japanese native speakers in both speech and writing.Students will study across a variety of contexts relevant to their age and interests and willalso develop a greater awareness of the culture of Japanese-speaking communities andcountries. These contexts are listed under Themes and topics.Students will need to develop and use their knowledge and understanding of Japanesegrammar progressively through their course of study. Grammar requirements are given inthe grammar list (see Appendix 2: Grammar list).To help students build on their range of vocabulary, a list is provided of words that studentsare expected to use and understand (see Appendix 3: Vocabulary list). These lists are notexhaustive but are intended as a guide; students at both tiers will be required to understandand respond to common words (appropriate to the tier) that are not on the lists.Qualification aims and objectivesThe aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to: develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers inspeech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary in orderfor them to increase their independent use and understanding of extended language in awide range of contexts acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking through the ability to understand andrespond to a rich range of authentic spoken and written material, adapted and abridged,as appropriate, including literary texts develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries andcommunities where the language is spoken be encouraged to make appropriate links to other areas of the curriculum to enablebilingual and deeper learning, where the language may become a medium for constructingand applying knowledge develop lang

target language effectively, independently and creatively, so that they have a solid basis from which to progress to A Level or employment. Engaging and popular topics . Our specification includes both familiar and new topics that you have told us you like and that motivate your students. Manageable content . Our content has been structured across five themes. This flexible programme of study .

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