• Class Number 2144
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Yuko Kinoshita
    • Dr Yuko Kinoshita
  • 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
    • Emi Yoshida
    • Maho Fukuno
SELT Survey Results

Japanese 3 is an intermediate Japanese language course which aims to improve the learner's command of modern spoken Japanese. The focus is on the oral and aural skills needed to understand and participate in general everyday conversations. With the course textbook Tobira : Gateway to Advanced Japanese, we aim to teach you the listening and oral skills needed to understand and participate in general everyday conversations. Drawing on the text and supplementary materials we will work through a series of themes relating to Japan in the 21st Century (Geography, Speech Styles, Technology, Sports, Food, Religion and Pop Culture) to promote your communicative abilities.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise and use a broad vocabulary encompassing terms encountered in a variety of media relating to contemporary Japan.
  2. Use the appropriate linguistic and grammatical skills to communicate on a broad range of contemporary colloquial topics.
  3. Summarise content, use appropriate aizuchi, ask for definitions and clarification and present opinions; with a particular focus on oral and aural skills,
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of Japan in the 21st Century including its geography, speech styles, technology, sports, food, religion and pop culture.

Required Resources

1) Main Textbook: TOBIRA: Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia

Author: Mayumi Oka, Michio Tsutsui, Junko Kondo, Shoko Emori, Yoshiro Hanai and Satoru Ishikawa

Publisher: Kurosio Publishers

Edition: 4th Edition, 2012

ISBN: 978-4-87424-447-0 C0081

Availability: Harry Hartog Kambri Precinct (153-11 University Avenue)


Price: $102.95

Textbook Website Link:


TOBIRA is a groundbreaking intermediate-level Japanese textbook designed to develop the four language skills through the study of a variety of different topics from Japanese geography and history to pop culture. TOBIRA promotes language learning through the use of multimedia materials and establishes a support system via the Internet so that learners outside Japan have access to a Japanese language environment.

2) Kanji Book:

TOBIRA: Power Up Your KANJI: 800 Basic KANJI as a Gateway to Advanced Japanese

Author: Mayumi Oka, Michio Tsutsui, Junko Kondo, Shoko Emori, Yoshiro Hanai and Satoru Ishikawa

Publisher: Kurosio Publishers

Edition: 2nd Edition 2012

ISBN: 978-4-87424-487-6 C0081

Availability: Harry Hartog Kambri Precinct (153-11 University Avenue)


This is the kanji workbook that accompanies the Tobira Textbook and is a required text.



Power Up Your KANJI is a text designed to help students increase their kanji fluency. With it, students can study a total of 800 kanji – the 297 kanji generally introduced in beginning-level textbooks and an additional 503 kanji introduced in TOBIRA – focusing on those characters that appear at Level 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (as of 2009). The aim of this book is not simply to have students memorize each kanji; it is also to help them learn how to study kanji effectively and to provide them with the kanji knowledge required to continue their studies at the advanced level.

3) Work Book:

TOBIRA: Grammar Power: Exercises for Mastery

Author: Mayumi Oka, Michio Tsutsui, Junko Kondo, Shoko Emori, Yoshiro Hanai and Satoru Ishikawa

Publisher: Kurosio Publishers

Edition: 2nd 2012

ISBN: 9784874245705 C0081

Availability: Harry Hartog Kambri Precinct (153-11 University Avenue)

Price: $69.95

This is the workbook that accompanies the Tobira Textbook and is a required text.

Textbook Website Link:


Grammar Power: Exercises for Mastery provides a variety of exercises to help learners master the grammar introduced in Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese. Grammar Power focuses on the items in Tobira that are considered essential for learners of Intermediate Japanese: mandatory items are marked by white numbers within black circles and highly recommended items are marked with numbers in gray circles in Tobira’s grammar notes. Each chapter contains three sections: Kiso (Learning the basic skills), Ooyoo (Applying your skills), and Hatten (Expanding your skills). By working on the exercises in each section in this order, learners acquire the targeted grammar skills step by step.

NOTE: Textbook and workbooks are available at Harry Hartog ANU: https://www.harryhartog.com.au/textbooks?utf8=?&course_code=JPNS2012&source=search

They are also available at a discount through Kinokuniya Book Shop: http://bit.ly/3apCfLd

Makino, S. & Tsutsui, M., A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, The Japan Times, 1986.

Makino & Tsutsui, A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar, The Japan Times, 1995.

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 Chapter 1: Geography of Japan 9am, Mon: Flipped class quiz 0 (not assessed) 11:55pm, Sun: Voiceboard 1
2 Chapter 1: Geography of Japan 9am, Mon: Flipped class quiz 1
3 Chapter 2: Japanese Speech Style Monday is Canberra Day (Public Holiday) 9 am, Mon: Flipped class quiz 2 11:55pm, Sun: Voiceboard 2
4 Chapter 2: Japanese Speech Style 9am, Mon: Flipped class quiz 3 Wednesday: In-class discussion of “My story”
5 Chapter 3: Technology in Japan 9am, Mon: Flipped class quiz 4 11:55pm, Sun: Voiceboard 3
6 Chapter 4: Sports in Japan 9am, Mon: Flipped class quiz 5 Wednesday: In-Class Online Midterm Sunday: My story draft submission
7 Oral Test and DS Feedback 9am, Mon: Flipped class quiz 6 11:55pm, Sun: Voiceboard 4
8 Chapter 5: Japanese Food Mon: Public holiday - no class 9am, Mon: Flipped class quiz 7 Narration practice submission
9 Chapter 6: Japanese and religion 9am, Mon: Flipped class quiz 8 11:55pm, Sun: Voiceboard 5
10 Chapter 6: Japanese and religion 9am, Mon: Flipped class quiz 9
11 Chapter 7: Pop-culture in Japan 9am, Mon: Flipped class quiz 10
12 Chapter 7: Pop-culture in Japan My Story Final submission

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial group signup is available via the course wattle site.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Final Exam 28% 28 % 03/06/2021 1,2,3,4
My Story Project 20% 20 % 15/03/2021 1,2,3,4
Homework 37% 37 % 22/02/2021 1,2,3,4
Midterm Test 10% 10 % 31/03/2021 1,2,3,4
Participation 5% 5 % 22/02/2021 1,2,3,4

* 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: 28 %
Due Date: 03/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Exam 28%

The final exam (2.5 hours) will be held during the university exam period and is made up of an online component (completed in Wattle) and a written paper component.

See Wattle for details

Note: Weekly Self Study Quizzes (formative - i.e. not assessed)

  • There are Weekly Online Review Quizzes (open book) available to help students review the material covered each week.
  • They are set to do up to do as many times as desired with different questions appearing randomly
  • We STRONGLY RECOMMEND you schedule these review quizzes into your study time.
  • These quizzes are 'formative' only and do not count towards the final course grade.
  • They cover vocabulary and grammar from the textbook/workbook/kanji book as well as review material covered in the previous week(s).
  • Results and individual question feedback will be displayed after a quiz is submitted.
  • The quiz pattern will be replicated in the Online component of the final exam.
  • For the online quizzes results and individual question feedback will be displayed after the quizzes have been completed.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 15/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

My Story Project 20%

The project goal is to create a 3-5 minute movie file ‘My Story’ as an interactive exercise in developing storytelling skills and effectively delivering own story. During the weeks leading up to the draft deadline we will work in groups to develop storytelling skills and to develop impactful stories.

  • Each student must present their storyboard to their group in the Tutorial class in Week 4 and then the Storyboard must be submitted online on Sunday Week 6 via the course Wattle site. This draft will be marked and returned by each Study Group teacher individually in Week 7.
  • In Week 7 and 8, students will have one-on-one feedback session on their storyboard with their study group teacher.
  • The Narration practice is due as on Sunday, Week 8. Students will submit this via Wattle site link and receive feedback on their narration the following week.
  • The completed Final submission audio file is due on Friday, Week 12. The final storyboard must be submitted together with the final audio file.


  • Draft Storyboard 5%,
  • Narration practice 5%,
  • Final submission 10%

See Wattle for Mark sheets and criteria for each task.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 37 %
Due Date: 22/02/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Homework 37%

Homework is made up of two components, the weekly online Flipped Classroom Quizzes and the Voiceboards.


  • All students are assigned a STUDY GROUP and assessment feedback will be provided by your Study Group teacher and either returned in hard copy or through the study group forums.

Quizzes: 22%

  • Students are required to view online lectures and complete associated Flipped Class Preparation quizzes each week, before they come to the workshop. This is critical, as without an understanding of this content, students will not be able to participate in the workshop effectively. They are available on your Wattle site.
  • Each quiz is embedded into the Weekly Lesson module - covering vocabulary, kanji, grammar and comprehension of a given section of the text.
  • We have 11 assessable weekly Flipped Class Preparation quizzes, the first quiz (preparing for Week 1) is a practice and will not be counted towards the final grade.
  • No late submission is allowed.
  • Medical certificates, except for serious ongoing conditions, will not be accepted for these flipped class quizzes as they are available for a full week.
  • All quizzes and their feedback will become available in the self-study site after the due date. We encourage students to use them to consolidate their understanding.

Voiceboards: 15%

  • Students are required to record Voiceboard Posts via the course Wattle site.
  • There are 5 voiceboards over the course of the semester.
  • The voiceboard question is recorded by one of the teachers each week and students are required to record their answer to the question.
  • Study group teachers will grade and provide feedback to all students in their group. Students are required to listen to their teacher’s comments and to include a short comment/answer to the teacher's feedback in the next Voiceboard recording for their teacher (as well as answering the next VB question).
  • The assessment criteria for this oral task is available on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Midterm Test 10%

This test will assess students understanding of the contents covered in the first half of semester. This will be online in-class test held during the tutorial time in Week 6. The format will be similar to the flipped lesson quizzes.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 22/02/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Participation 5%

Participation is a vital component of the course.

Class participation

  • Regular attendance is essential and students are expected to attend all classes.
  • Much class work is done in pairs and groups, so erratic attendance by any student has a harmful effect on class morale and on the progress of other students. As a result, attendance and participation will be recorded in all classes.
  • Students who have a documented clash should submit a clash form at the start of the semester.
  • The Flipped Classroom delivery makes attendance at the workshop vital - even with a clash alternate weekly attendance is a must.

Participation mark will awarded on the basis of students' participation in the classroom activities, discussions, and attendance.

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

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

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 Yuko Kinoshita

Research Interests

forensic voice comparison, acoustic phonetics, language education, language policy


Dr Yuko Kinoshita

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Dr Yuko Kinoshita

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Dr Yuko Kinoshita

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Maho Fukuno
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