• 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, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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Please direct course enquiries to Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura at toshiyuki.nakamura@anu.edu.au.

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.

Other Information

Proficiency level

Students who successfully complete this course will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N3 to N4-3, 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 Intermediate 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. Online quizzes x9 (9x1.66=15%) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Online exam x2 (20%, 20%) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Short story (1200-1500 words in Japanese) (30) [LO 1,4,5,6]
  4. Mini writing test (100-200 words in Japanese) x3 (3%, 3%, 4%) (10) [LO 1,4,5,6]
  5. Participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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: four hours per week in class-activities, online activities and independent study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enroll in this course, you must have previously completed or be concurrently enrolled in JPNS2012 or JPNS2013, or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Japanese language proficiency assessment. Incompatible with JPNS2014.

Prescribed Texts

Photocopied materials will be provided.


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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3013 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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