Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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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 Shimako Iwasaki


Previously coded JPL3080


This is the second part of a sequence progressing from the intermediate to the advanced levels of Japanese. Activities are built around topics relating to contemporary and historical topics of Japan . This unit will provide students with further opprtunities to use formal and academic Japanese with confidence while communicating with Japanese-speaking people in interviews and in-class oral presentations. Students will reinforce 1006 kyooiku kanji.


Upon successful completion of the unit students wil be able to:

  1. Continue to develop their ability to understand Japanese TV programs and movies and to understand the main points of short excerpts with assistance;
  2. Understand explanatory texts (approx. 2000 characters or more) on various topics related to Japan with the assistance of dictionaries;
  3. Interview native speakers on various topics about Japan, analyse their opinions and discuss pros and cons. They will also continue to develop their skill to communicate using an appropriate speech style in formal situations;
  4. Research and discuss the topics studied in class, and refine their ability to do short presentations on focused topics, including group presentations;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to compose various texts including haiku and tanka, give opinions on social issues in short essays (400-600 characters), and produce a resume in Japanese;
  6. Reinforced their knowledge of the kyooiku kanji acquired so far (900) and developed knowledge of an additional 150 kanji frequently used in the Japanese media (approx. 900 kanji, including 150 new kanji this semester).


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 studies advanced 1 or equivalent