• 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

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Japanese linguistic structures in the context of Japanese teaching and education.
  2. Demonstrate a high level of expertise in using appropriate reference grammars.
  3. Read and evaluate Japanese texts related to teaching Japanese as a second language.
  4. Present views individually and in groups in clear and precise terms in both spoken and written Japanese.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of socio-cultural issues relevant to Japanese language teaching and learning.

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. Teaching material evaluation (5) [LO 3]
  2. Article review assignment (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Class observation reports (20) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  4. In-class test (20) [LO 1,2,5]
  5. Final exam (30) [LO 1,2,5]

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.


This course requires a total of 130 hours of work on the following activities: class-activities, online activities and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed JPNS3002 or have completed one of the higher level JPNS course (JPNS3005, JPNS3006, JPNS3007, JPNS3008, JPNS3023, JPNS3024, JPNS3013, JPNS3014, JPNS3102) with a grade of at least 60 (CR) or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Japanese language proficiency assessment, or be a native speaker of Japanese. Incompatible with JPNS6512.

Prescribed Texts

Backhouse, A.E., The Japanese Language: An Introduction , Oxford UP, 1993
Additional photocopied materials will be provided

Preliminary Reading

  • 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 Fishinf. Kodansha International.
  • Sato, E., 2014. Practice Makes Perfect Complete Japanese Grammar. McGraw-Hill.
  • Shibatani, M., 1990. The Language of Japan. Cambridge University Press.




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2023 $3960
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2023 $5100
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