This course aims to develop near-native competence in reading contemporary Japanese texts independently and without a heavy reliance upon translations or a supervisor's assistance. The course will focus on extensive reading in contemporary Japanese texts on social, historical, ethnological, anthropological, and biological themes, amongst others, and discussion of issues raised. The course will enhance the students' ability to read, write, speak and listen in Japanese in a broad range of topics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Present nuanced academic analysis of intellectual debates confronting contemporary Japan confidently and fluently in writing and verbally.
- Read, understand and evaluate the influence of key historical concepts and issues on contemporary society and culture, at an independent level.
- Engage in debate, both individually and in groups, with a sophisticated understanding of appropriate modes of intellectual discourse in Japan.
- Demonstrate sophisticated academic writing skills based on independent research in Japanese.
Students who successfully complete this course will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N1-1+ to N2, 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 Independent 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.
- Quizzes (25) [LO 1,2]
- Interviews (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Reports (800-1300 ji) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Essay (2000 ji) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Each week students are expected to study for five hours as follows:
1. 90 minutes, before online class, working on the written and audio materials for the week, and going through the pre-online class tasks
2. 90 minutes, participating in one 90 minute online class
3. 90 minutes, reviewing the contents covered for the week
4. 10-30 minutes, completing the weekly assessment and/or a quiz.
It is also expected that students should spend at least 5 hours of individual study practicing the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.
The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Materials will be available on Wattle.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.
- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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