• 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
  • Work Integrated Learning Other
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mark Gibeau
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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This course is designed to give students practical, hands-on experience in Japanese to English translation, with a particular focus on literary translation.

The class will introduce students to issues and problems central to translation in general and issues specific to literary translation. Classes are conducted in a workshop format, where we read and translate passages of Japanese texts with an eye to developing strategies for some of the thornier issues encountered in translation. As good translation is impossible without good writing in the target language, the class will also spend considerable time and energy on helping students to improve their writing style and to develop a range of styles appropriate to the source language texts.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of key issues and problems in translation
  2. Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of key issues and problems specific to Japanese to English translation
  3. Read, analyse, and translate Japanese texts in a manner that demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to their historical, literary, and social contexts
  4. Demonstrate a critical and reflective translation practice
  5. Employ English writing styles appropriate to the source texts

Work Integrated Learning


This class satisfies at least 3.5 of the four criteria

  1. 'Theory' of translation is integrated with practice in classroom activities and assessments;
  2. At the completion of the class, students' translations are published as an ebook through smash words and/or Amazon (i.e., engagement with industry);
  3. Students engage in planned, authentic translation activities in every class;
  4. Assessment is specifically designed. I don't know what is meant by 'purposeful links to curriculum'.

Falls into category 5 of WIL as none of the other categories are applicable to the activity of translation.

Other Information

Proficiency level

Students who successfully complete this course will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N1 to N2, 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. Portfolio (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Short story first submission
    (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Short story revised submission (25) [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: three hours per week in class-activities, online activities and independent study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed JPNS3023 and JPNS3024 with a grade of 60 (CR) or above, or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Japanese language proficiency assessment, or be a native speaker of Japanese, or receive permission from the course convenor. Incompatible with JPNS6513.

Prescribed Texts

Materials will be made available on Wattle. 




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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3671 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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