Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJapanese Studies
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou


Previously coded JPS2530


The first part of the unit focuses on basic aspects of the Japanese language and system of communication, particularly as they relate to intercultural communication. Topics covered will include the Japanese script, use of Japanese online, code switching and borrowing, variation, and intercultural communication. The unit will also examine the nature of communicative competence in Japanese and introduce some theories about how a second language is learned and how teaching and learning can be optimised.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of applied linguistics and be able to employ some of the terminology used within the discipline;
  2. Be able to explain the processes of language learning;
  3. Be able to display a basic, critical understanding of some issues related to the acquisition and use of Japanese language.4. Be able to relate these processes and issues to their own experiences in learning languages and using Japanese;
  4. Be able to employ general research skills (in library and online research, critical thinking and reading, organisation and synthesis of information, and communication);
  5. Have a foundation for undertaking further studies in Japanese linguistics and sociolinguistics.


Written work: 60% (3000 words)
Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (one 1-hour lecture-seminar and one 1-hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Completion of ATS1142 Japanese Introductory 2 or above