• 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
    • AsPr Carol Hayes
    • Dr Yoko Yonezawa
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Japanese 4 is a higher intermediate Japanese language course which continues on from 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:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Upper Intermediate level of spoken Japanese to:
1. Recognise and use a broad vocabulary encompassing terms encountered in real media taken from contemporary television and film relating to Japan.
2. Demonstrate the appropriate linguistic skills to respond spontaneously to contemporary issues, to state opinions, understand the opinions of others, and use appropriate honorifics.
3. Summarise, identify and present orally on issues discussed in real media such as commercials, podcasts and television.
4. Use communication skills and socio-cultural knowledge necessary for giving explanations and making presentations at a sophisticated level involving opinions and abstract ideas.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of Japan in the 21st Century including performing arts, education, useful retailers, history, traditional arts & crafts, nature, politics and the future of the world.

Other Information

Proficiency level
Students who successfully complete this course will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N3 to N4, depending on their performance and degree of engagement.


This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

Homework 25% [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

  • Quizzes (15%)
  • Voiceboard Postings (10%)
Oral Test 10% [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]

Oral Group Presentation 30% [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]
  • Group Topic Abstract & Interview Questions (5%)
  • Individual Interview Reflection Report (10%)
  • Group Presentation + Handout + Q&A (15%)
Participation 5% [LOs1, 2, 3, 4]

Final Exam (Written & Online) 30% [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


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

The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed JPNS2012, or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Japanese language placement test. You may not enrol in this course if you have previously completed JPNS2525 or JPNS6013.

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
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7244 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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