• 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, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Duck-Young Lee
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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This course has an enrolment maximum. Places are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Email cap.student@anu.edu.au for a permission code.

The course focuses on practical approaches to teaching Japanese as a foreign language, on how to select and present the linguistic and socio-cultural subject matter of Japanese language courses. Topics discussed will include approaches to language teaching, course and task design, materials review, and approaches to applied linguistics research; the course will also include a teaching practice component during the mid-semester break (4 days).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the grammar, lexicon and socio-cultural issues needed to teach Japanese as a second language.
  2. Create a variety of materials and aids for teaching Japanese as a second language.
  3. Present views individually and in groups in clear and precise terms in both spoken and written Japanese.
  4. Analyse and respond to arguments drawn from academic publications written in Japanese to demonstrate an understanding of up-to-date issues in Japanese education.

Other Information

Proficiency level

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.


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 Integrity Rule 2021 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay (30) [LO 1,4]
  2. Presentation (20) [LO 2]
  3. Teaching Practice (50) [LO 1,2,3]

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In class time of four hours per week (for 6 weeks) and teaching practice (12 hours). The total workload is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed JPNS3002 with a grade of at least 60 (CR) or above, or any one of the higher level 3000 level JPNS course (JPNS3005, JPNS3006, JPNS3007, JPNS3008, JPNS3023,JPNS3024, JPNS3012, JPNS3013, JPNS3102), or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Japanese language placement test, or be a native speaker of Japanese. Incompatible with JPNS6514.

Prescribed Texts

e-Brick: "Teaching Japanese: Method" (available on Wattle)

Preliminary Reading

  • Derewianka, B. and Jones, P. (2016). Teaching Language in Context. Second Edition. Oxford University Press
  • Imai, S. (2019). Ichiban Yasashii Nihongo Kyouiku Nyuumon (‘The Easiest Introduction to Japanese Language Teaching’). Asuku Shuppan.
  • Kadota, O. et al (1996). Nihongo Kyoujuhoo (Japanese teaching methodology). Bonjinsha.
  • Lee, D-Y, M. Yoshikawa & S. Yoshida (1996). ‘Curriculum development for introductory course in spoken Japanese’. Sekai no Nihongo (Journal of the Language Institute of the Japan Foundation) 4: 189-203.
  • Lee, D. and Ogi, N. (2014). 'Development of Japanese elementary curriculum that emphasises spoken-ness', The 18th of Biennial Conference of the JSAA, (ed.) Lee, D., Japanese Studies Association of Australia, Canberra, pp. 1-10.
  • Lee, D. (2004). ‘Japanese education in the Australian context’. In Robert Cribb (ed.) Asia Examined: Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the ASAA. Online journal: http://coombs.anu.edu.au/ASAA/conference/proceedings/asaa-2004-proceedings.html
  • Oxford, R. L. (1990). Language learning strategies. Heinle & Heinle Publishers.
  • Richards, J. C. and Rodgers, T. S. (2014). Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching. Cambridge University Press.
  • Saville-Troike, M. (2012). Introducing Second Language Acquisition. Second Edition. Cambridge University Press.
  • Wenden, A. and J. Rubin (1987). Learning strategies in Language learning. Prentice Hall International.




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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

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2023 $3960
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2023 $5100
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7186 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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