• Class Number 2145
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura
    • Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
    • Dr Tami McGrath
SELT Survey Results

This class consists of two components: online self-study and face-to-face in-class study.
Online, students study a textbook, along with prescribed vocabulary lists, grammar points and reading passages, at their own pace. Extensive lecture videos and self-study resources are provided. Students take online quizzes during invigilated computer lab hours to test their understanding of the material.
During face-to-face workshops and tutorials students work in small groups reading, discussing and writing about a broad range of real-world materials. The focus of this section of the course is to help students to transition from the certainty of a textbook to the ambiguity and confusion of real-world Japanese.  
The language of instruction for this class is Japanese and it is expected that all students will make every effort to use only Japanese in class time and class-related correspondence.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use an active vocabulary of approximately 1000 words and kanji characters.
  2. Use grammatical constructions and vocabulary necessary to read non-specialised, assigned texts without the use of a dictionary.
  3. Read non-technical, real world materials on assigned themes with a dictionary.
  4. Conduct basic research, reading contemporary texts such as newspapers, websites and magazines with the aid of a dictionary.
  5. Recall, summarise and identify key points of texts read.
  6. Express one's opinions, conclusions and research outcomes in formal written Japanese, on a range of topics related to contemporary Japanese culture.

Required Resources

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. All required materials will be provided either through the course wattle page or in-class.

All students should have access to a good kanji dictionary, a good Japanese-English and Japanese-Japanese dictionary and a good grammar dictionary. Recommendations for grammar dictionaries can be seen below. 


A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar

Author: Makino & Tsutsui

Publisher: Japan Times

ISBN: 978-4789004541

A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar

Author: Makino & Tsutsui

Publisher: Japan Times

ISBN: 978-4789007757

All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words

Author: Chino, Naoko

Publisher: Kodansha America

ISBN: 978-1568364193

These are recommended, not required. So long as students have access to grammar dictionaries sufficient to their needs that is enough.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1: Self Introductions activity Biography
2 Week 2: Biography
3 Week 3: Biography
4 Week 4: Biography Unit 1 online quizzes Workshop test 1 (Thursday 18 March)
5 Week 5: Comparative culture
6 Week 6: Comparative culture Unit 2 online quizzes
7 Week 7: Comparative culture
8 Week 8: Comparative culture Workshop test 2 (Thursday 29 April)
9 Week 9: Consumerism Unit 3 online quizzes
10 Week 10: Consumerism
11 Week 11: Consumerism
12 Week 12: Consumerism Unit 4 online quizzes Workshop test 3 (Thursday 27 May)
13 Week 13: Essay (Thursday 3 June)

Tutorial Registration

Through Wattle site

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Online Tests 40 % * 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Essay 30 % 03/06/2021 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
Online Quizzes 30 % * 1, 2, 3, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Attendance at all workshops and tutorials is expected. If a student is unable to attend, he or she must discuss with the lecturer before the class, or provide a medical certificate. Attendance is vital to a successful semester.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Online Tests

There will be an online exam at the end of each workshop topic that will test both reading comprehension and writing ability. Students will be expected to have learned all of the relevant vocabulary and grammar components from the online portion as well as grammar and vocabulary highlighted in the workshops. Please note that dates may be subject to change due to timetabling or other considerations. Students will be given ample notice of any such changes. We will endeavour to return marked tests within two weeks of the test dates.

Weight: 40% (Test 1:10%, Test 2:15%, Test 3:15%)

Test 1: 2021-03-18

Test 2: 2021-04-29

Test 3: 2021-05-27

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 03/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6


Students will submit an essay (1200 characters) on topics to be announced in class. It will be online submission. Students will have the opportunity to submit a rough draft (not assessed) and to receive written and/or oral feedback on the rough draft prior to submitting the final copy. Essay is scheduled to be submitted in week 13. Students are required to submit handwritten, scanned copies of the essay online. We will endeavour to return marked essays within two weeks of the deadline. All essays are to be 100% the student's own work. Students are not permitted to receive any outside help of any kind (with the exception of feedback from the Japanese 5 instructor and tutor). Violations of this rule will be considered cheating and will dealt with in accordance with the ANU academic honesty policy. All citations and quotations must be clearly indicated in accordance with generally accepted academic practice. Students are responsible for keeping copies of all sources and materials cited in the essay. Please note that due date may be subject to change due to timetabling or other considerations. Students will be given ample notice of any such changes. Marking criteria/rubric are available on Wattle.

Weight: 30%

Due date: 2021-06-03

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5

Online Quizzes

The online component is semi-self-paced. When you feel you have learned enough to attempt a quiz, you take it, however all quizzes for a certain unit must be completed by the date indicated on the schedule. There are five quizzes for each of the four online units. If you are not satisfied with the mark you receive on an online test, you may (and should) repeat it without penalty. The last (not necessarily highest) score will count. Each quiz may only be taken a maximum of two times.

All vocabulary and grammar quizzes are cumulative. That is, the unit 2 quiz will cover material from units 1 and 2, the unit 3 quiz from units 1, 2, and 3 and so on.

All vocabulary and grammar quizzes are automatically marked. Reading comprehension quizzes are manually marked and we will endeavour to mark all reading comprehension quizzes within 48 hours.

Quizzes for each unit must be completed by the deadlines indicated on the class schedule. Once the deadline has passed no further attempts or retakes of that unit's quizzes will be possible.

Weight: 30%

Vocabulary quizzes (Reading, English & Kanji recognition) - 12%

Grammar quizzes - 8%

Reading comprehension quizzes - 10%

Time limit for each quiz:

Vocabulary quizzes - 15mins

Grammar quizzes - 20mins

Reading comprehension quizzes - 20mins

See wattle for due dates.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Japanese language education, Language learning motivation

Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura

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Monday 11:00 12:00
Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura

Research Interests

Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura

Monday 11:00 12:00
Monday 11:00 12:00
Dr Tami McGrath

Research Interests

Dr Tami McGrath

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