• Class Number 2177
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Tami McGrath
    • Tami McGrath
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
    • Dr Naomi Ogi
SELT Survey Results

Japanese 1: Written aims to develop your knowledge and competence in modern written Japanese. The course will cover basic Japanese grammar and general knowledge about the writing system and you will learn the phonetic scripts of Hiragana and Katakana and 120 Kanji characters. In the initial stage, hiragana, katakana and kanji are introduced as individual characters. However, as the written language is an important means of communication, the second stage will focus on reading skills and on using all three of the systems appropriately in a cohesive text.  

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Read and write Hiragana scripts and Katakana scripts for the 46 basic sounds and other derived sounds in modern Japanese.
  2. Use an active written vocabulary of 200 kanji and a passive written vocabulary of around 400 kanji.
  3. Use the sentence structures and grammatical points necessary to produce simple sentences using all three of the hiragana, katakana and kanji systems appropriately in a cohesive text.
  4. Read and comprehend 300-character passages.
  5. Summarise and identify key points of written texts, and express basic opinions in writing.
  6. Analyse relevant aspects of Japanese culture, such as greeting expressions and table manners, through reading simple passages.

Required Resources

The course materials are available for download from the course Wattle site

???????? Japanese IPPAI?

Author: Lee, DY et.al.

Publisher: Hituji Syobo Publishing Tokyo

Edition: 2010




Notes: Videos and exercises for the Grammar and Expressions sections of ??????????are available in the online textbook 'Modern Japanese Online' (http://press.anu.edu.au/publications/modern-japanese-online) and are downloadable for free. However, you will still need the textbook ??????????for a comprehensive introduction to Japanese.

There are many on-line sites that you may find useful for learning hiragana, katakana and kanji. Some examples are listed below.

Hiragana/katakana Flashcards






Links to Hiragana songs videos





?????????(Japanese IPPAI)?

  • Author: Lee, DY et.al.
  • Publisher: Hituji Syobo Publishing Tokyo
  • Edition: 2010

Online dictionary Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC: http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi?1C  

Yahoo Japan ??: http://dic.yahoo.co.jp/

You will find other online dictionary links on the course Wattle site.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1: Lecture 1 (L1): Introduction of the course & Japanese writing system/Hiragana I (basic 46) Tutorial A (TA): Self Introduction/Reading Hiragana Lecture 2 (L2): Japanese sounds (Hiragana I) & Hiragana II (extension of basic 46). Tutorial B (TB): Self Introduction/ Writing Hiragana Practice Test (non-assessable)
2 Week 2: L1: Hiragana I & II Reading words. TA: Hiragana I & II Reading practice. L2: Hiragana I & II Reading sentences. TB: Hiragana I & II Writing practice. Practice online quiz (non-assessable) Hiragana practice sheet I Test 1 (Hiragana I)
3 Week 3: L1: Katakana I (basic 46). TA: Katakana I Reading practice. L2: Katakana II (extension of basic 46). TB: Katakana I Writing practice. Online quiz 1 (Hiragana I) Hiragana practice sheet II Assignment 1 Test 2 (Hiragana I & II)
4 Week 4: L1: Katakana I & II Reading words. TA: Katakana I & II Reading practice. L2: Hiragana & Katakana Reading. TB: Katakana I & II Writing practice. Online quiz 2 (Hiragana I & II) Katakana practice sheet I Test 3 (Katakana I & II)
5 Week 5: L1: Introduction to Kanji; Kanji 1-15. TA: Kanji 1-15 Reading practice. L2: Kanji 1-15 / NI Lesson 1. TB: Kanji 1-15 Writing practice. Online quiz 3 (Katakana I & II) Katakana practice sheet II Test 4 (Katakana I & II)
6 Week 6: L1: Kanji 16-30. TA: Kanji 16-30 Reading practice. L2: Kanji 16-30 / NI Lesson 2. TB: Kanji 16-30 Writing practice. Online quiz 4 (Kanji 1-15) Test 5 (Kanji 1-15) Kanji practice sheet 1 (Kanji 1-15) Assignment 2
7 Week 7: L1: Kanji 31-45 (/NI Lesson 3). TA: Kanji 31-45 Reading practice. L2: ANZAC Day (No class). TB: Kanji 31-45 Writing practice. Online quiz 5 (Kanji 16-30) Kanji practice sheet 2 (Kanji 16-30) Test 6 (Kanji 16-30)
8 Week 8: L1: Kanji 46-60. TA: Kanji 46-60 Reading practice. L2: Kanji 46-60 / NI Lesson 4. TB: Kanji 46-60 Writing practice. Online quiz 6 (Kanji 31-45) Kanji practice sheet 3 (Kanji 31-45) Test 7 (Kanji 31-45)
9 Week 9: L1: Kanji 61-75. TA: Kanji 61-75 Reading practice. L2: Kanji 61-75 / NI Lesson 5. TB: Kanji 61-75 Writing practice. Online quiz 7 (Kanji 46-60) Kanji practice sheet 4 (Kanji 46-60) Assignment 3 Test 8 (Kanji 46-60)
10 Week 10: L1: Kanji 76-90. TA: Kanji 76-90 Reading practice. L2: Kanji 76-90 / NI Lesson 6. TB: Kanji 76-90 Writing practice. Online quiz 8 (Kanji 61-75). Kanji practice sheet 5 (Kanji 61-75). Test 9 (Kanji 61-75)
11 Week 11: L1: Kanji 91-105. TA: Kanji 91-105 Reading practice. L2: Kanji 91-105 / NI Lesson 7. TB: Kanji 91-105 Writing practice. Online quiz 9 (Kanji 76-90) Kanji practice sheet 6 (76-90) Test 10 (Kanji 76-90)
12 Week 12: L1: Kanji 106-120. TA: Kanji 106-120 reading. L2: Kanji 106-120 / NI Lesson 8. TB: Kanji 106-120 Writing practice. Online quiz 10 (Kanji 91-105) Kanji practice sheet 7 (Kanji 91-105) Assignment 4 Test 11 (Kanji 91-105)
13 Week 13 - Tuesday 4 June: Online quiz 11 (Kanji 106-120) - Tuesday 4 June

Tutorial Registration

Through Wattle site

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Final examination (35%) 35 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Weekly tests (20%) 20 % 08/03/2019 07/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Weekly online quizzes (10%) 10 % 12/03/2019 04/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Assignments (x4) (30%) 30 % 14/03/2019 13/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Weekly practice sheet (5%) 5 % 06/03/2019 05/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Regular attendance is essential to keep up with the course schedule, and students are expected to attend all classes. Your participation in class activities is an important part of learning. However, attendance and participation won’t be an assessment criterion. Attendance may be recorded in Tutorials for a Tutor’s teaching plan only and won’t be reflected in assessment. Attendance won’t be recorded in Lectures.


Exam details will be listed on final exam timetable.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final examination (35%)

The final examination will be held during the university examination period. Failure in the final examination will result in automatic failure for the whole course, even if you have sufficient marks in other assessment criteria. In this case your final course result will default to the mark achieved in the final examination.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 08/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 07/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Weekly tests (20%)

There will be in-class weekly Kana/Kanji writing tests (20%), 11 tests throughout the semester, each of which covers what you will have studied in the previous weeks. The best 10 test scores will be counted towards assessment. They will be returned a week after the tests were taken. Learning Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji requires continuous effort. Although each weekly test has a set of target Kana and/or Kanji, those Kana/Kanji which were studied in previous weeks will also be tested in the weekly tests. No make-up tests will be arranged unless you have a legitimate reason which prevents you from attending the course for a significant duration. You are required to submit an official document (e.g. medical certificate) for this. Weekly tests will be held in Friday tutorials. Kanji and Kana characters will be strictly marked, i.e. the size, balance, neatness, proper shape and legibility will be carefully assessed.

Test 1: 2019-03-08

2: 2019-03-15

3: 2019-03-22

4: 2019-03-29

5: 2019-04-05

6: 2019-04-26

7: 2019-05-03

8: 2019-05-10

9: 2019-05-17

10: 2019-05-24

11: 2019-05-31

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 12/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Weekly online quizzes (10%)

There will also be online weekly quizzes (10%). 11 quizzes throughout the semester. The best 10 quiz scores will be counted towards the assessment. The results and feedback will be available immediately after the quizzes are closed. No late submission will be accepted unless you have a legitimate reason which prevents you from attending the course for a significant duration. You are required to submit an official document (e.g. medical certificate) for this.

Quiz 1: 2019-03-12

Quiz 2: 2019-03-19

Quiz 3: 2019-03-26

Quiz 4: 2019-04-02

Quiz 5: 2019-04-23

Quiz 6: 2019-04-30

Quiz 7: 2019-05-07

Quiz 8: 2019-05-14

Quiz 9: 2019-05-21

Quiz 10: 2019-05-28

Quiz 11: 2019-06-04

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 14/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 13/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Assignments (x4) (30%)

Assignment 1 (5%); Assignment 2 (5%); Assignment 3 (10%); Assignment 4 (10%)

There are four assignments to be completed this semester. The assignments will include correct writing, reading comprehension, dictation, and a short composition. You will need to download each assignment question from the course Wattle site and follow the instructions for each assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the due date and time. When submitting, your assignment needs to be clearly marked with your u-number. The assignments will be returned two weeks after the due date.





Assessment Task 5

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 06/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Weekly practice sheet (5%)

You need to print out each page of the Kana/Kanji practice sheets, practice your writing on the sheet and then submit it at your Wednesday tutorial. Your teacher will then check your work. Work that is completed with care will receive 2 points. If the sheet is not satisfactorily done, e.g., only half is completed, or completed in haste, such work will receive 1 point. If you did not do the practice sheet or forgot to bring it to the class, you will receive 0 points. No late submission will be accepted unless you have a legitimate reason which prevents you from attending the course for a significant duration. Please download the practice sheets from the course Wattle site.

Hiragana I: 2019-02-28

Hiragana II: 2019-03-07 

Katakana I: 2019-03-14

Katakana II: 2019-03-21

Kanji 1 (1-15): 2019-03-28 

Kanji 2 (16-30): 2019-04-18

Kanji 3 (31-45): 2019-04-27

Kanji 4 (46-60): 2019-05-02

Kanji 5 (61-75): 2019-05-09

Kanji 6 (76-90): 2019-05-16

Kanji 7 (91-105): 2019-05-23

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded..

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Tami McGrath

Research Interests

Japanese sociolinguistics

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