This course focuses on the teaching of Japanese to English-speaking learners from the viewpoint of the linguistic and sociocultural content of Japanese language courses. The broad areas of sound, writing, grammar, vocabulary and discourse are surveyed from this perspective, with detailed consideration of specific topics and analysis of learner errors.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of Japanese linguistic structures in the context of Japanese teaching and education.
- Demonstrate a high level of expertise in using appropriate reference grammars.
- Read and evaluate research articles related to teaching Japanese as a second language.
- Present critical views individually and in groups in clear and precise terms in both spoken and written Japanese.
- Discuss a variety of research issues relevant to Japanese language teaching and learning.
- Analyse and formally describe on a selected research topic of teaching Japanese as a foreign language in an academic essay.
Students who successfully complete this course will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N2 to N3, 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 Advanced level of Japanese.
Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the placement test site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language placement test 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 take a placement test 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.
- In class tests (10) [LO 1,2,5]
- Final exam (20) [LO 1,2,5]
- Research project (Class observation reports (20%), article review (20%), essay (30%)) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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.
The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed TextsBackhouse, A.E., The Japanese Language: An Introduction , Oxford UP, 1993
Additional photocopied materials will be provided
- Akiyama, C. & Akiyama N., 2012. Japanese Grammar. Barrons Educational Series.
- Alfonso, A., 1966. Japanese Language Patterns. Sophia University.
- Backhouse, A. E. 1993. The Japanese Language: An Introduction. Oxford University Press.
- Gottlieb, N., 2005. Language and society in Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Hoffmann, J. J., 2017. A Japanese Grammar (Classic Reprint). Forgutten Books.
- Ichikawa, Y., 2001. Japanese, a comprehensive grammar. London: Routledge.
- Ishiguro, Teruhiro & Kang-kwong Luke (eds), 2012. Grammar in Cross-Linguistic Perspective: the Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics of Japanese and Chinese. Bern ; New York : Peter Lang.
- Johnson, Y., 2003. Modality and the Japanese language. Center for Japanese Studies.
- Kimura, T., 1976. The syntactic and semantic structure of Japanese adverbials. University of Hawaii.
- Kiyose, G. N., 1995. Japanese grammar, a new approach. Kyoto University Press.
- Kuno, S., 1988. The Structure of Japanese Language. MIT Press.
- Lammers, Wayne P. 2005, Japanese the manga way : an illustrated guide to grammar & structure. Berkeley, Calif.: Stone Bridge Press.
- Lee, D., 2002. The function of the zero particle with special reference to spoken Japanese, Journal of Pragmatics 34: pp. 645-682. [particle omission]
- Lee, D., 2007. Involvement and the Japanese interactive particles Ne and Yo. Journal of Pragmatics 39: pp. 363-388.
- Martin, S. E., 1975. A Reference Grammar of Japanese. Yale University Press.
- Morimoto, J., 1988. On Japanese adverbs of a speaker's subjective attitude. Kuroshio Shuppan.
- Ogi, N., 2017. Involvement and Attitude in Japanese Discourse, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/ Philadelphia.
- Ono, H., 1973. Japanese Grammar. Hokuseido Press,.
- Onodera, N., 2004. Philadelphia : John Benjamins.
- Rubin, J., 1992. Gone Fishinf. Kodansha International.
- Sato, E., 2014. Practice Makes Perfect Complete Japanese Grammar. McGraw-Hill.
- Shibatani, M., 1990. The Language of Japan. Cambridge University Press.
- Suzuki, S., 2006. Emotive communication in Japanese. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Tsujimura, N., 1999. The handbook of Japanese linguistics. Blackwell.
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