- Code JPNS3002
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Japanese
- Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate in separate classes.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Use an active vocabulary of kanji (approximately 1500 vocabulary and kanji characters) and expressions, common to newspapers and similar media.
- Use grammatical constructions and vocabulary necessary to read non-specialised, assigned texts without the use of a dictionary.
- Demonstrate independent reading strategies to engage with unfamiliar texts, and read real-world materials with the aid of a dictionary.
- Clearly distinguish between different levels of formality in reading and writing and demonstrate a clear understanding of newspaper conventions and writing styles.
- Recall, summarise, critically and creatively engage with key points of texts read.
- Conduct research on contemporary Japanese social issues drawing on a range of Japanese language primary and secondary; write a formal academic essay in Japanese.
Students who successfully complete this course will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N3-2 to N4-3, 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 Upper 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.
- Online Quizzes (30) [LO 1,2,5]
- Perioduc Tests (25) [LO 1,2,5]
- Newspaper Project (15) [LO 1,3,4]
- Essay Project (30) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]
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This course requires a total of 130 hours of work on the following activities: four hours per week in class-activities, online activities and independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsPrescribed reading:
Kamada, O. et al. Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced, Japan Times,1998
Spahn, M. and Hadamitzky, W., Japanese Character Dictionary, Nichigai Associates, 1989.
Additional photocopied materials will be provided.
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