• Class Number 3700
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Takuya Kojima
    • Dr Takuya Kojima
  • 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
    • Emi Yoshida Terpstra
    • Yukiko Labios
SELT Survey Results

Japanese 3 is an intermediate Japanese language course which aims to improve the learner's command of modern spoken Japanese. The focus is on the oral and aural skills needed to understand and participate in general everyday conversations. With the course textbook Tobira : Gateway to Advanced Japanese, we aim to teach you the listening and oral skills needed to understand and participate in general everyday conversations. Drawing on the text and supplementary materials we will work through a series of themes relating to Japan in the 21st Century (Geography, Speech Styles, Technology, Sports, Food, Religion and Pop Culture) to promote your communicative abilities.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise and use a broad vocabulary encompassing terms encountered in a variety of media relating to contemporary Japan.
  2. Use the appropriate linguistic and grammatical skills to communicate on a broad range of contemporary colloquial topics.
  3. Summarise content, use appropriate aizuchi, ask for definitions and clarification and present opinions; with a particular focus on oral and aural skills,
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of Japan in the 21st Century including its geography, speech styles, technology, sports, food, religion and pop culture.

Required Resources

1) Main Textbook: TOBIRA: Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia

Author: Mayumi Oka, Michio Tsutsui, Junko Kondo, Shoko Emori, Yoshiro Hanai and Satoru Ishikawa

Publisher: Kurosio Publishers

Edition: 4th Edition, 2012

ISBN: 978-4-87424-447-0 C0081

Availability: Harry Hartog Kambri Precinct (153-11 University Avenue)


Textbook Website Link:


TOBIRA is a groundbreaking intermediate-level Japanese textbook designed to develop the four language skills through the study of a variety of different topics from Japanese geography and history to pop culture. TOBIRA promotes language learning through the use of multimedia materials and establishes a support system via the Internet so that learners outside Japan have access to a Japanese language environment.

2) Kanji Book:

TOBIRA: Power Up Your KANJI: 800 Basic KANJI as a Gateway to Advanced Japanese

Author: Mayumi Oka, Michio Tsutsui, Junko Kondo, Shoko Emori, Yoshiro Hanai and Satoru Ishikawa

Publisher: Kurosio Publishers

Edition: 2nd Edition 2012

ISBN: 978-4-87424-487-6 C0081

Availability: Harry Hartog Kambri Precinct (153-11 University Avenue)

This is the kanji workbook that accompanies the Tobira Textbook and is a required text.



Power Up Your KANJI is a text designed to help students increase their kanji fluency. With it, students can study a total of 800 kanji – the 297 kanji generally introduced in beginning-level textbooks and an additional 503 kanji introduced in TOBIRA – focusing on those characters that appear at Level 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (as of 2009). The aim of this book is not simply to have students memorize each kanji; it is also to help them learn how to study kanji effectively and to provide them with the kanji knowledge required to continue their studies at the advanced level.

3) Work Book:

TOBIRA: Grammar Power: Exercises for Mastery

Author: Mayumi Oka, Michio Tsutsui, Junko Kondo, Shoko Emori, Yoshiro Hanai and Satoru Ishikawa

Publisher: Kurosio Publishers

Edition: 2nd 2012

ISBN: 9784874245705 C0081

Availability: Harry Hartog Kambri Precinct (153-11 University Avenue)

This is the workbook that accompanies the Tobira Textbook and is a required text.

Textbook Website Link:


Grammar Power: Exercises for Mastery provides a variety of exercises to help learners master the grammar introduced in Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese. Grammar Power focuses on the items in Tobira that are considered essential for learners of Intermediate Japanese: mandatory items are marked by white numbers within black circles and highly recommended items are marked with numbers in gray circles in Tobira’s grammar notes. Each chapter contains three sections: Kiso (Learning the basic skills), Ooyoo (Applying your skills), and Hatten (Expanding your skills). By working on the exercises in each section in this order, learners acquire the targeted grammar skills step by step.

NOTE: The textbook and workbooks can be available at Harry Hartog ANU or Kinokuniya Book Shop.

Makino, S. & Tsutsui, M., A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, The Japan Times, 1986.

Makino & Tsutsui, A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar, The Japan Times, 1995.

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Chapter 1: Japanese geography 1 Flipped Lesson Quiz 0: Mon, 9am (not assessed).
2 Chapter 1: Japanese geography 2 Flipped Lesson Quiz 1: Mon, 9am.
3 Chapter 2: Japanese speech style 1 Flipped Lesson Quiz 2: Mon, 9am. Voice Board 1: Thu, 23:59.
4 Chapter 2: Japanese speech style 2 Flipped Lesson Quiz 3: Tue, 9am. My Story in-class discussion: Wed (not assessed). Mon: NO CLASS (Public holiday).
5 Chapter 3: Japanese technology Flipped Lesson Quiz 4: Mon, 9am.
6 Chapter 4: Japanese sports Flipped Lesson Quiz 5: Mon, 9am. Voice Board 2: Thu, 23:59. My story draft submission: Thu, 23:59 (not assessed). Fri: NO CLASS (Public Holiday).
7 Chapter 5: Japanese food 1 Flipped Lesson Quiz 6: Mon, 9am. In-Class Online Midterm: Mon. Voice Board 3: Thu, 23:59.
8 Chapter 5: Japanese food 2 Flipped Lesson Quiz 7: Mon, 9am. My Story narration practice & script submission: Fri, 23:59.
9 Chapter 6: Japanese religion 1 Flipped Lesson Quiz 8: Mon, 9am.
10 Chapter 6: Japanese religion 2 Flipped Lesson Quiz 9: Mon, 9am.
11 Chapter 7: Japanese pop culture 1 Flipped Lesson Quiz 10: Mon, 9am.
12 Chapter 7: Japanese pop culture 2 Flipped Lesson Quiz 11: Mon, 9am. My Story Final submission: Fri, 23:59.

Tutorial Registration

Seminar and tutorial group signup is available via MyTimetable

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Flipped Lesson Quizzes 20 % 1,2,3,4
Voice Board 15 % 1,2,3
My Story 20 % 1,2,3,4
Midterm Test 10 % 1,2,4
Final Exam 30 % 1,2,3,4
Participation 5 % 1,2,3,4

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Flipped Lesson Quizzes

This assessment task aims to familiarise students with course content and gauge their comprehension of each topic individually. To succeed in this course, students must engage with online lectures (Flipped Lessons) and complete associated quizzes before attending the first seminar. Active and constant engagement in this assessment task is crucial for effective in-class activities and meaningful learning. 

  • All Flipped Lessons and quizzes are accessible on the Wattle course site.
  • Each quiz, located at the top of the Weekly Schedule page (Shukan-Yotei), covers vocabulary, kanji, grammar, and comprehension of the specified reading section from the textbook.
  • The expected duration for each lesson and quiz is 1 to 1.5 hours, varying by individual student.
  • The results of 10 out of 12 quizzes contribute to the final grade.
  • The first quiz (preparing for Week 1) is a practice and will not count toward the final grade. The lowest grade between weeks 2 and 12 will be excluded from the final grade.
  • Late submissions are not allowed as the answers for each quiz become available soon after each due date. Considering this nature, medical certificates, except for those for serious ongoing conditions, cannot be considered.
  • Quiz feedback is available on the self-study site after the due date.
  • Each quiz is worth 2%. Due every Monday at 9:00 am unless specified.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Voice Board

This task aims to enhance students' communication skills, especially in speaking and listening.

  • Students upload speech recordings in the section of Voice Board on Wattle.
  • Three Voice Board submissions are to be completed over the semester.
  • Questions/Instructions are posted a week before each due date.
  • Students have one week to prepare, rehearse, improve, record, and upload responses.
  • Each response is expected to be around 2 minutes.
  •  Feedback is provided by the teaching staff in a speech recording.
  • In the second and third submissions, students are required to respond to feedback or answer questions to the previous submission from the teaching staff as well as provide their responses to the question or instruction for the second or third submission in a single recording.
  • Assessment criteria are available on the course Wattle site.
  • This assessment is worth 15%, with each submission valued at 5%.
  • Due for each Voice Board submission March 7 (W3) for the first, March 28 (W6) for the second, and April 18 (W7) for the third, 23:59.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

My Story

This assessment aims to develop students' speaking and, more importantly, storytelling skills. The goal is to create a 4–5-minute speech recording with visual resources on one book page. In the end, students have to submit 1) an audio file, 2) a script (around 1000-1200 characters, although it depends on the pace of a speech), and 3) a visual resource/visual resources. When this project is complete, the teaching staff gather all the pages and puts them together as one book. Over the semester, opportunities to develop their stories are provided on a regular basis.

  • Students present their initial ideas for their My Story in the class in Week 4.
  • A written draft of My Story of each student must be submitted on Wattle in Week 6, and the teaching staff will provide overall feedback on Wattle. This submission will not be assessed.
  • A practice narration and its script must be submitted on Wattle in Week 8, which will be formally assessed and returned with feedback for further improvement.
  • Students will attempt to improve their My Story during Week 11 where individual consultation with one of the teaching staff is available by appointment.
  • Students are encouraged to comment on one of their peers on Wattle during Week 11, which counts toward their participation scores.
  • The final version of My Story, including an audio file, a script and a visual resource/visual resources as separate files, must be submitted in Week 12.

Due and weighting of formally assessed tasks:

  • Narration Practice and its Script: Due on April 26 (W8) 23:59, Worth 5%,
  • Final Version Submission: Due May 24 (W12) 23:59, Worth 15%,

See Wattle for instructions and marking criteria for each task.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Midterm Test

This 50-minute assessment evaluates students' comprehension of the material covered in the first half of the semester and assesses any other knowledge crucial for those at an intermediate level or higher. The online in-class test is scheduled for Monday in Week 7 during the seminar. Question formats may include listening comprehension, fill-in-the-blank (covering verb inflection, particles, dialogue, etc.), multiple-choice, and reading comprehension as such. This assessment is worth 10%.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Exam

The 2.5-hour final exam, taking place during the university exam period, comprises an online component to be completed in Wattle. Question types can encompass listening comprehension, fill-in-the-blank (covering verb inflection, particles, dialogue, etc.), multiple-choice, reading comprehension, and short responses as such. The specific date of the final exam will be announced during the semester once scheduled. This assessment is worth 30%. See Wattle for details.

Note: Weekly Self Study Quizzes (formative - i.e. not assessed)

  • Weekly online review quizzes (open book) are available to aid students in reviewing the material covered each week.
  • They cover vocabulary and grammar from the textbook/workbook/kanji book, as well as reviewing material covered in previous weeks.
  • Results and individual question feedback will be promptly displayed after submission for review.
  • These quizzes can be attempted multiple times, with different questions appearing randomly.
  • These quizzes are 'formative' only and do not contribute to the final course grade.
  • The quiz pattern may be replicated in the online component of the final exam.
  • It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to schedule engagement in these review quizzes into your study plan.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


  • Consistent exposure to Japanese through regular attendance is vital for effective language learning; thus, students are expected to attend all classes.
  • Many class activities involve collaborative work in pairs and groups, and active participation is strongly encouraged to support each other's progress in the course.
  • Both attendance and participation will be recorded for all classes and considered for the final grade.
  • Class clashes should be reported before the end of the first week of the semester, and alternate weekly attendance is expected even with a clash.

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

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

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 Takuya Kojima

Research Interests

Foreign Language Pedagogy, Issues in (Language) Education, Multimodal Tasks in Language Education, Art and Creativity, Language Teaching and Learning with Technology

Dr Takuya Kojima

Wednesday 15:00 16:00
Wednesday 15:00 16:00
Dr Takuya Kojima

Research Interests

Foreign Language Pedagogy, Issues in (Language) Education, Multimodal Tasks in Language Education, Art and Creativity, Language Teaching and Learning with Technology

Dr Takuya Kojima

Wednesday 15:00 16:00
Wednesday 15:00 16:00
Emi Yoshida Terpstra

Research Interests

Emi Yoshida Terpstra

Yukiko Labios

Research Interests

Foreign Language Pedagogy, Issues in (Language) Education, Multimodal Tasks in Language Education, Art and Creativity, Language Teaching and Learning with Technology

Yukiko Labios


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