- Code JPNS1014
- 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
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Read and write Hiragana scripts and Katakana scripts for the 46 basic sounds and other derived sounds in modern Japanese.
- Use an active written vocabulary of 200 kanji and a passive written vocabulary of around 400 kanji.
- 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.
- Read and comprehend 300-character passages.
- Summarise and identify key points of written texts, and express basic opinions in writing.
- Analyse relevant aspects of Japanese culture, such as greeting expressions and table manners, through reading simple passages.
This is a co-taught course. The total number of students for both JPNS1014 and JPNS6114 is capped at 115 students for Semester 1 2020. The undergraduate version of the course JPNS1014 is capped at 110 students and postgraduate version of the course JPNS6114 is capped at 5 students.
Proficiency level: Students who successfully complete this course (as well as JPNS1012/6112) will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N5, 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 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.
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.
- Weekly tests and quizzes (25) [LO 1,2,3]
- Practice Sheet (5) [LO 1]
- Assignments (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Final exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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WorkloadFour hours per week
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- 6 units
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