• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Japanese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies


Japanese 4 is a higher intermediate Japanese language course which continues on from Japanese 3 aiming to continue to improve student command of modern Japanese, and to encouraging them to develop their Japanese linguistic skills beyond the intermediate levels to a more advanced stage as we begin to explore how best to engage with 'real' Japanese media—even when you cannot understand everything.


The course will work through a series of themes relating to Japan in the 21st Century (Performing Arts, Education, Useful Retailers, History, Traditional Arts & Crafts, Japanese and Nature, Politics and The World’s Future) to promote your communicative abilities.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use a range of intermediate-level grammatical structures accurately and spontaneously in spoken and written Japanese.
  2. Comprehend and interact with authentic Japanese media with the aid of dictionaries and other resources.
  3. Communicate in Japanese in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner.
  4. Critically analyse information, taking different cultural and societal conditions into consideration and to reflect on their cultural values.
  5. Present complex ideas in Japanese and communicate them effectively to an audience.

Other Information

Proficiency level

Students who successfully complete this course will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N3 to N4, depending on their performance and degree of engagement.

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This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

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On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Advanced Intermediate 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Flipped Class Preparation Quizzes (20) [LO 1]
  2. Voice Board (15) [LO 1, 3, 4, 5]
  3. Group Topic Abstract & Interview Questions (5) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
  4. Individual Interview Reflection Report (10) [LO 1, 3, 4, 5]
  5. Group Presentation + Handout + Q&A (10) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
  6. Midterm Exam (5) [LO 1]
  7. Final Exam (30) [LO 1, 3, 4, 5]
  8. Participation (5) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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.

Workload

The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed JPNS6012 or JPNS6525 or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Japanese language placement test. You may not enrol in this course if you have previously completed JPNS2013.

Prescribed Texts

Main Textbook:

Oka, Mayumi et al. (2009) Tobira - Gateway to Advanced Japanese: Learning through content and multimedia. Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers. ISBN: 978-4-87424-447-0

Grammar Workbook:

Tsutsui, Michio et al. (2012) Tobira - Grammar Power - Exercises for Mastery. Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers. ISBN: 9784874245705 C0081

Kanji book:

Mayumi, Oka et al. (2010) TOBIRA: Power Up Your KANJI. ISBN:978-4-87424-487-6 C0081

Tobira Website: http://tobira.9640.jp/xoops/

Tobira Website Login Registration: http://tobira.9640.jp/xoops/register.php

Preliminary Reading

Recommended Texts:

Making, Seiishi (1986) A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar. ISBN: 978-4-7890-0454-1

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5143 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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