• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Japanese linguistic structures in the context of Japanese teaching and education.
  2. Demonstrate a high level of expertise in using appropriate reference grammars.
  3. Read and evaluate research articles related to teaching Japanese as a second language.
  4. Present critical views individually and in groups in clear and precise terms in both spoken and written Japanese.
  5. Discuss a variety of research issues relevant to Japanese language teaching and learning.
  6. Analyse and formally describe on a selected research topic of teaching Japanese as a foreign language in an academic essay.

Other Information

Proficiency level
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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1. In class mid-term exam (10) [LO null]
  2. 2. Final exam --- 20%, addresses learning outcomes 1, 2 and 5 (20) [LO null]
  3. 3. Research project --- 70%, consist of the following four items (70) [LO null]
  4. 3.1. Class observation reports (20% of the course mark), addresses learning outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (20) [LO null]
  5. 3.2. Research review (10% of the course mark), addresses all six learning outcomes (10) [LO null]
  6. 3.3. Presentation (10% of the course mark), addresses all six learning outcomes (10) [LO null]
  7. 3.4. Essay (30% of the course mark), addresses all six learning outcomes (30) [LO null]

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.


Three class hours per week

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed JPNS2015, JPNS6015, JPNS6505, JPNS6506, JPNS6507, JPNS6508, JPNS6513, JPNS6514 or JPNS6102, or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Japanese language placement test, or be a native speaker of Japanese. Incompatible with JPNS3012.

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Backhouse, A.E., The Japanese Language: An Introduction , Oxford UP, 1993
Additional photocopied materials will be provided



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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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