• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Shunichi Ishihara
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course is the second half of the beginner's level and is designed for those learners who have acquired basic knowledge and skills through Japanese 1: Spoken and Japanese 1: Written or equivalent and want to further develop their Japanese skills. The course will focus on reading and writing skills and on using all three of the writing systems appropriately in a cohesive text. In this course, you will learn 180 kanji characters on top of the 120 kanji introduced in JPNS1014 Japanese 1: Written. Throughout the semester, you will be introduced to different types of texts, learn to write compositions of up to 1200 characters in length, and read short passages (approximately 1200 characters) on various topics. You will also learn how to write in a culturally appropriate manner. Through this course, you will gain knowledge of Japanese culture essential in written communication practices.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use an active written vocabulary of around 300 kanji and a passive vocabulary of around 500 kanji. 
  2. Use grammatical points and constructions necessary to produce and comprehend various basic sentences in a range of everyday short texts.
  3. Read and compose passages of 1200 characters on topics that include family, daily routines and normal life.
  4.  Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural context gained through reading short passages on topics such as the seasons and annual events in Japan.
  5. Use appropriate writing strategies to produce natural and culturally appropriate texts in Japanese. The strategies include the use of keigo, giving/receiving verbs and sentence-final particles.

Other Information

Proficiency level: Students who successfully complete this course (as well as JPNS2003/6113)) will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N4 to N5, 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 Introductory 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. Weekly Online Quizzes (25) [LO 1,2]
  2. Written Assignment 1 (about 1000 characters) (9) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. written Assignment 2 (about 1200 characters) (13) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Written Assignment 3 (about 1200 characters) (13) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Final Examination (about 2000 characters) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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This course requires a total of 130 hrs of work on the following activities:

  • four hours (two lectures and two tutorials) per week in class-activities,
  • online activities (1-2 hours) including online quizzes and practice exercises.
  • independent study (4-5 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed JPNS1014, and be concurrently enrolled in or have previously completed JPNS2003, or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Japanese language proficiency assessment. Incompatible with JPNS6115.

Prescribed Texts

Available on Wattle


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7464 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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