• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Yuko Kinoshita
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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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 step 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 textbook themes studied are ‘Life and Career’, ‘Communication and Media’ and ‘Nature and Culture’. During the last five weeks of term we progress beyond the textbook and explore a number of issues confronting contemporary Japan. The issues include ‘Whaling’, ‘Environmental Issues’, ‘Youth culture in Japan: education, bullying’, ‘Digital Japan’ and ‘Family in contemporary Japan’. 

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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.

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

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On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Advanced Intermediate level of Japanese.

 

Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the placement test site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language placement test to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level.

 

Relevant past experience includes:

-      Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)

-      Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend

-      Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken

-      The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)

 

Students who are not sure if they need to take a placement test should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.


Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Homework 25% [LO 1, 2, 3, 4] (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Quizzes (15%) (15) [LO null]
  3. Voiceboard Postings (10%) (10) [LO null]
  4. Oral Test 10% [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4] (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Oral Group Presentation 30% [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4] (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. Group Topic Abstract & Interview Questions (5%) (5) [LO null]
  7. Individual Interview Reflection Report (10%) (10) [LO null]
  8. Group Presentation + Handout + Q&A (15%) (15) [LO null]
  9. Participation 5% [LOs1, 2, 3, 4] (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  10. Final Exam (Written & Online) 30% [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4] (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

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

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed JPNS6012, 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 JPNS2013.

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

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
7173 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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