• Class Number 4019
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

In this course we will read, discuss and write about a range of real world materials on culturally-related themes. Though all elements of Japanese language will be developed in this course, there will be a particular emphasis on developing literacy and the ability to read real-world, general audience materials relatively quickly.

A notable difference that separates this course from intermediate level classes is the absence of a textbook and the lack of vocabulary lists or prepared grammar materials. At the advanced levels, students are expected to be able to—or to learn to be able to—do most of this footwork on their own. Naturally, a substantial portion of class time will be dedicated to textual explication, including grammar-related questions, but students will be assumed to have already made their best attempt before class, with only those issues they were unable to resolve on their own being addressed.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Read and analyse primary and secondary sources on a range of historical and cultural topics and demonstrate an understanding of their relevance to the development of Japanese society.
  2. Identify and summarise key points of assigned readings, integrate discussion into larger cultural and and historical contexts.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to write persuasively on complex topics related to Japanese social and cultural development.

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1: Course overview Reading 1-1
2 Week 2: Reading 1-2, 1-3 and discussion In-class quiz
3 Week 3: Reading 1-4, 1-5 and discussion In-class quiz Homework #1 due. Submit via wattle
4 Week 4: Reading 1-6, 1-7 and discussion In-class quiz
5 Week 5: Reading 2-1 In-Class Exam #1
6 Week 6: Reading 2-2, 2-3 and discussion In-class quiz
7 Week 7: Reading 2-4 and watching some films (East Monday, students are asked to watch the film provided via wattle link at home and to prepare for discussion in the following week) In-class quiz
8 Week 8: Reading 2-6, 2-5 and in class discussion In-class quiz Homework #2 due. Submit via Wattle
9 Week 9: Reading 3-1 In-Class Exam # 2
10 Week 10: Reading 3-2, 3-3 In-class quiz
11 Week 11: Reading 3-4, 3-5 In-class quiz Homework #3 due. Submit via Wattle
12 Week 12: Reading 3-6 In-Class Exam #3 .

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 25 % 01/07/2021 1, 2, 3, 6
Homework (Summaries) 25 % 01/07/2021 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
In-Class Exams 50 % 01/07/2021 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 6


Quizzes held in the first 15 minutes of each workshop (students attend 2 hours workshop on Wednesday and 1 hour tutorial on Thursday per week) and the original reading is to be covered (i.e., every workshop class except for weeks when we have tests). Quizzes will consist of a vocabulary section (must be able to read and provide English definitions) and a reading comprehension section. These are live online quizzes. Students are allowed to use dictionaries or course materials during the quizzes.

Makeup quizzes will not be allowed, however the bottom three quiz marks will be dropped when calculating the final grade.

The instructor will endeavor to mark and return quizzes within one week of the quiz date.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Homework (Summaries)

Three 900-1100 character (one for each reading) summaries discussing the key points of the texts read since the previous summary and key points covered in classroom discussion.…Submitted via turnitin modules.

All references, etc. must be cited as per academic conventions. All summaries must be 100% the students' own work. No late submissions will be accepted.

The instructor will endeavour to return marked summaries to students within one week of the deadline. For the exact due dates of homeworks, see course schedule on wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

In-Class Exams

Three in-class exams (one for each reading) will be held over the course of the semester. These exams will cover a range of topics and include short, medium and essay length responses. These are live online exams. Students are allowed to use dictionaries or course materials during the exams.

Makeup exams will only be permitted in extraordinary and fully-documented circumstances.

The instructor will endeavour to mark and return exams within two weeks of the exam date. For the exact dates of the exams, see course schedule on wattle.

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
6125 3207

Research Interests

Second language learning, Second language acquisition

Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura

Monday 12:00 13:00
Monday 12:00 13:00
Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura
6125 3207

Research Interests

Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura

Monday 12:00 13:00
Monday 12:00 13:00

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