• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Japanese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Carol Hayes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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Spoken Japanese 4 is a higher intermediate Japanese language course which continues on from Spoken Japanese 3 aiming to continue to improve student command of modern spoken Japanese, and to encouraging them to develop their listening and speaking skills beyond the intermediate levels to a more advanced stage as we begin to explore how best to engage with 'real' Japanese media—even when you cannot understand everything—taken from TV and film.

The course will work through a series of themes relating to Japan in the 21st Century (Performing Arts, Education, Useful Retailers, History, Traditional Arts & Crafts, Japanese and Nature, Politics and The World’s Future) to promote your communicative abilities. We will also work with ‘real’ media (TV broadcasts) to explore some of these issues confronting contemporary Japan.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

a) develop the linguistic skills—both grammatical and communicative—to move from an intermediate level of Japanese towards an advanced level of understanding.

b)  develop the listening and oral skills you need to understand and participate in everyday conversation in Japanese and will also progress to more sophisticated discussion involving opinions and abstract ideas. 

c)  develop the language learning strategies needed to engage with ‘real’ media

d)  learn and reflect on a variety of socio-cultural information useful to intermediate/advanced learners of Japanese.

Indicative Assessment

Weekly online quizzes & Class Participation  15%

Weekly Voiceboard Postings (Best 10 of 12) 10%

Oral Test 1: Individual Speech 15%

Oral Test 2: Group Presentation 20%

Midterm Exam  10%

Final Exam  30%

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The course requires five hours of classes per week: one hour seminar, one two hour multimedia session and two x one hour tutorials. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed JPNS2012. You may not enrol in this course if you have previously completed JPNS2525.

Prescribed Texts

Main Textbook:

Oka, Mayumi et al. (2009) Tobira - Gateway to Advanced Japanese: Learning through content and multimedia. Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers. ISBN: 978-4-87424-447-0

Grammar Workbook:

Tsutsui, Michio et al. (2012) Tobira - Grammar Power - Exercises for Mastery. Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers. ISBN: 9784874245705 C0081

Tobira Website:  http://tobira.9640.jp/xoops/

Tobira Website Login Registration:  http://tobira.9640.jp/xoops/register.php

Preliminary Reading

Recommended Texts:

TOBIRA: Power Up Your KANJI: 800 Basic KANJI as a Gateway to Advanced Japanese. ISBN: 978-4-87424-487-6 C0081




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7291 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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