This course focuses on the teaching of Japanese to English-speaking learners from the viewpoint of the linguistic and sociocultural content of Japanese language courses. The broad areas of sound, writing, grammar, vocabulary and discourse are surveyed from this perspective, with detailed consideration of specific topics and analysis of learner errors.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of Japanese linguistic structures in the context of Japanese teaching and education.
- Demonstrate a high level of expertise in using appropriate reference grammars.
- Read and evaluate research articles related to teaching Japanese as a second language.
- Present critical views individually and in groups in clear and precise terms in both spoken and written Japanese.
- Discuss a variety of research issues relevant to Japanese language teaching and learning.
- Analyse and formally describe on a selected research topic of teaching Japanese as a foreign language in an academic essay.
Students who successfully complete this course will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N2 to N3, 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.
On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Introductory Advanced 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.
- 1. In class mid-term exam (10) [LO null]
- 2. Final exam --- 20%, addresses learning outcomes 1, 2 and 5 (20) [LO null]
- 3. Research project --- 70%, consist of the following four items (70) [LO null]
- 3.1. Class observation reports (20% of the course mark), addresses learning outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (20) [LO null]
- 3.2. Research review (10% of the course mark), addresses all six learning outcomes (10) [LO null]
- 3.3. Presentation (10% of the course mark), addresses all six learning outcomes (10) [LO null]
- 3.4. Essay (30% of the course mark), addresses all six learning outcomes (30) [LO null]
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WorkloadThree class hours per week
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed TextsBackhouse, A.E., The Japanese Language: An Introduction , Oxford UP, 1993
Additional photocopied materials will be provided
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