- Code JPNS1012
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
Syllabus: The course is designed to provide a wide range of knowledge and skills which are necessary to develop the Japanese communication skills at the beginner’s level, and to establish a basis of further study of the language.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise and pronounce all 46 basic sounds and other derived sounds of the Japanese scripts, and be able to read phrases and simple sentences smoothly.
- Read and write all 46 basic sounds and other derived sounds in hiragana, and be able to write and comprehend simple sentences in hiragana.
- Use an active vocabulary of around 400 items, and a passive vocabulary of around 1000 items.
- Use the sentence structures and grammatical points required to conduct basic conversations on everyday topics such as introducing oneself, asking locations, weekly routine, making offers and invitations, making comments and stating activities during holidays.
- Use appropriate communication strategies to produce basic colloquial Japanese. The strategies include fillers, back channeling, subject omission and the use of sumimasen and chotto.
- Demonstrate an understanding of cultural communication practices in interpersonal relationships (greetings and address terms) and knowledge of Japan (geography, seasonal celebrations and sports).
This is a co-taught course. The total number of students for both JPNS1012 and JPNS6112 is capped at 240 students for Semester 1 2020. The undergraduate version of the course JPNS1012 is capped at 225 students and postgraduate version of the course JPNS6112 is capped at 15 students.
Students who successfully complete this course (as well as JPNS1014/6114) will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N5, depending on their performance and degree of engagement.
On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Introductory level of Japanese.
Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment 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 undertake a language proficiency assessment 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.
- Oral tests (35) [LO 1,4,5]
- In-class tests (10) [LO 2]
- Online assignments (10) [LO 3,4]
- Final exam (Listening and Grammar) (35) [LO 3,4,5]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle.
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WorkloadFive hours per week. Students will be expected to complete 9-10 hours of work each week over the course of the semester, including online and in-class contact hours and independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
The textbook is Nihongo ga Ippai. Refer to the course Wattle site for information on obtaining the textbook.
Other photocopied worksheets will be provided.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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