• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Japanese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies

Spoken Japanese 3 is an intermediate Japanese language course which aims to improve the learner's command of modern spoken Japanese. The focus is on the oral and aural skills needed to understand and participate in general everyday conversations. With the course textbook Tobira : Gateway to Advanced Japanese, we aim to teach you the listening and oral skills needed to understand and participate in general everyday conversations. Drawing on the text and supplementary materials we will work through a series of themes relating to Japan in the 21st Century (Geography, Speech Styles, Technology, Sports, Food, Religion and Pop Culture) to promote your communicative abilities. The course requires five hours of classes per week: one hour seminar, one two hour tutorial and two additional hours of tutorials. 

Learning Outcomes

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

a) develop the linguistic skills to move from a basic knowledge of Japanese to a more complex intermediate level understanding, with a particular focus on oral and aural skills, allowing learners to understand and participate in a variety of everyday situations in Japanese.  

b) develop better language-learning strategies

c) consolidate grammatical and communicative understanding of introductory Japanese and begin to develop functional skills at an intermediate level.  

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

Indicative Assessment

Mid-Semester Exam (Online) 15%
Final Exam (Written + LL) 30%

Digital Story Telling Project 25%

•         Digital Storyboard Draft Submission (10%)

•         Digital Story Narration Recording (5%)

•         Digital Story Final Movie & Storyboard (10%)


•         Quizzes (Grammar, Expressions & Vocab) (10%)

•         Voiceboard Postings & Narration Recordings (10%)

•         eChat with Japan (Chuo & Aichi Shukutoku Universities) (10%)

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The course is the equivalent of  five hours of classes per week: two hours require actual attendance at university (for tutorials on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, or 1:00pm – 2:00 pm ) and the remaining three hours are to be completed on-line.  


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed JPNS61130 and JPNS6114 or JPNS6525. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed JPNS2012.

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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2252 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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