• Class Number 3212
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura
    • Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
    • Ruri Ueda
SELT Survey Results

Japanese 5 is an intermediate Japanese language course. During lectures and tutorials students work in small groups reading, discussing, and writing about a broad range of real-world materials. The focus of this 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. By the end of Japanese 5, students will, with the aid of dictionaries, be able to read a wide range of Japanese materials (e.g., social media, novel). Students will be familiar with the various spoken and written registers and will be able to use those registers to write their own short stories.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use an active vocabulary of kanji (approximately 1000 vocabulary and kanji characters) and expressions, common to Japanese novel and similar media.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to use grammatical constructions and vocabulary necessary to read non-specialised, assigned texts without the use of a dictionary.
  3. Demonstrate independent reading strategies to engage with unfamiliar texts and read real-world materials with the aid of a dictionary.
  4. Clearly distinguish between different levels of formality in reading and writing and demonstrate a clear understanding of writing styles.
  5. Express one's opinions and conclusions in spoken and written Japanese, on a range of topics related to contemporary Japanese society. 
  6. Manipulate various spoken and written registers to write short stories.

Research-Led Teaching

A large portion of the course is adopted from research outcomes of the course convenor, whose research interests are in language learning motivation and Mikhail Bakhtin's language philosophy. Some teaching materials (e.g., lecture slides) are based on his research findings that are innovative in the literature of Second Language Acquisition, such as dialogue in second language learning, speech genres etc.

Required Resources

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. All required materials will be provided either through the course wattle page or in-class.

All students should have access to a good kanji dictionary, a good Japanese-English and Japanese-Japanese dictionary and a good grammar dictionary. Recommendations for grammar dictionaries can be seen below. 


A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar

Author: Makino & Tsutsui

Publisher: Japan Times

ISBN: 978-4789004541

A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar

Author: Makino & Tsutsui

Publisher: Japan Times

ISBN: 978-4789007757

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Author: Chino, Naoko

Publisher: Kodansha America

ISBN: 978-1568364193

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.

Other Information

Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1:Self-Introduction, Song lyrics 1

2 Week 2:Song lyrics 2 Quiz 1
3 Week 3:X (Twitter) post 1 Quiz 2, Mini writing test 1
4 Week 4:X (Twitter) post 2 Quiz 3
5 Week 5:Manga 1 Quiz 4, Mini writing test 2
6 Week 6:Manga 2 Quiz 5, Online exam 1
7 Week 7:Short story 1, Writing short story (Instruction) Quiz 6, Mini writing test 3
8 Week 8:Short story 2, Writing short story (Group work) Quiz 7
9 Week 9:Short story 3 Quiz 8
10 Week 10:Short story 4 Quiz 9, Draft short story
11 Week 11:Guest speaker, Writing short story (Group work)
12 Week 12:Review Online exam 2
13 Final short story

Tutorial Registration

Through Allocate Plus

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Online quiz (x9) 5 % * * 1,2,3,4
Online exam (x2) 40 % 28/03/2024 25/04/2024 1,2,3,4
Short Story (Draft and Final) 40 % 07/05/2024 21/05/2024 1,4,5,6
Mini Writing Test (x3) 10 % 06/03/2024 13/03/2024 1,4,5,6
Participation 5 % * * 1,2,3,4,5

* 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.


Attendance at all lectures and tutorials is mandatory. Attendance is vital to a successful semester.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Online quiz (x9)

From week 2 to week 10, students take an online quiz each week. The quizzes are due on Sundays at 23:55pm. The online quizzes are designed for students to prepare for Monday lectures. The quizzes are self-paced, and you may take the quizzes whenever you feel you are ready. If you are not satisfied with the mark you receive, you may (and should) repeat it any number of times without penalty. The last (not necessarily highest) score will count. Once the deadline has passed, no further attempts will be possible. 

Weight: 5% (5.555%x9)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 28/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 25/04/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Online exam (x2)

There will be two online exams in weeks 6 and 12 (Lecture B class time) that will test reading comprehension. Students will be expected to have learned all of the relevant grammar and vocabulary highlighted in the lectures and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the texts. We will endeavor to return marked tests within two weeks of the exam. Time limit for each exam is 50mins.

Weight: 40% (20% each)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 07/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 21/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5,6

Short Story (Draft and Final)

Students will submit a short story (1200-1500 characters) on topics of their choice. Students will have the opportunity to submit a rough draft and to receive written feedback on the rough draft prior to submitting the final copy. We will endeavor to return marked short stories within two weeks of the deadline. All stories are to be 100% the student's own work. Students are not permitted to receive any outside help of any kind (with the exception of feedback from the Japanese 5 instructor and tutor). Violations of this rule will be considered cheating and will be dealt with in accordance with the ANU academic honesty policy. Marking criteria/rubric are available on Wattle.

Weight: 40% (Draft: 20%, Final: 20%)

See wattle for due dates.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 06/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 13/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5,6

Mini Writing Test (x3)

In tutorial, we will study how to integrate the expressions, registers, and techniques employed in the text into our own work. The assessments for this component of the course are three mini-writing tests. Students are expected to write about 100-200 characters in each test. We will endeavor to return marked tests within two weeks after the test. Time limit for each test is 10mins.

Weight: 10% (Test 1: 3%, Test 2: 3%, Test 3: 4%)

See wattle for due dates.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


Attendance at all lectures and tutorials is mandatory.

  • It will be based on your contribution to every lecture and tutorial class from Week 3.
  • During class, your instructor will check your participation in class.
  • You can see your attendance record on MyTimetable.

Weight: 5%

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

No assessment tasks will be accepted after the due date unless the student has received prior permission in writing.

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 Toshiyuki Nakamura

Research Interests

Japanese language education, Second language acquisition, Language identity, Mikhail Bakhtin's language philosophy

Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura

Monday 12:00 13:00
Monday 12:00 13:00
Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura

Research Interests

Japanese language education, Second language acquisition, Language identity, Mikhail Bakhtin's language philosophy

Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura

Monday 12:00 13:00
Monday 12:00 13:00
Ruri Ueda

Research Interests

Ruri Ueda


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