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 First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Shimako Iwasaki


Previously coded JPL3070


This is the first part of a sequence progressing from the intermediate to the advanced levels of Japanese. It covers spoken language and contemporary written language through various activities integrating listening, speaking, reading and writing. Activities are built around topics relating to Japanese communication strategies, social issues, , their values, and to cultural interaction. This course will provide students with an poorutunity to critically analyze information from Japanese-language media regarding current and/or historical issues, write effective narrative/biographical and explanatory reports by using formal and academic Japanese.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the gist of short excerpts of Japanese media such as TV programs and movies with assistance and to continue to expand their ability to understand conversations between native speakers in various speech styles;
  2. Understand texts (2000 characters or longer) on topics related to Japan with the assistance of dictionaries;
  3. Refine their ability to communicate using appropriate speech styles in various contexts, to develop their ability to state their opinions and to extract information from others, and to maintain a casual conversation with native speakers without preparation at visitor sessions;
  4. Continue to develop their ability to do research presentations on Japan-related topics in which they are interested, including the ability to describe aspects of Japanese culture and society in detail;
  5. Develop the skills to write a research essay (2000-3000 characters) on Japan-related topics with the assistance of various resources and develop the ability to write summaries of texts and oral discussions;
  6. Reinforce their knowledge of the kyooiku kanji acquired so far and develope their knowledge of an additional 150 new kanji frequently used in the Japanese media.


Within semester assignments and quizzes 35%
Within semester tests 40%
Exam period exam 25% (Hurdle requirement: a mark of 40% or above in the final exam is required in order to pass the unit)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

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


Japanese Proficient 2 or equivalent