- Class Number 3542
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura
- Dr Tami McGrath
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
This class consists of two components: online self-study and face-to-face in-class study. Online, students study a textbook, along with prescribed vocabulary lists, grammar points and reading passages, at their own pace. Extensive lecture videos and self-study resources are provided. Students take online quizzes during invigilated computer lab hours to test their understanding of the material. During face-to-face workshops and tutorials students work in small groups reading, discussing and writing about a broad range of real-world materials. The focus of this section of the 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Use an active vocabulary of approximately 1000 words and kanji characters.
- Use grammatical constructions and vocabulary necessary to read non-specialised, assigned texts without the use of a dictionary.
- Read non-technical, real world materials on assigned themes with a dictionary.
- Conduct basic research, reading contemporary texts such as newspapers, websites and magazines with the aid of a dictionary.
- Recall, summarise and identify key points of texts read.
- Express one's opinions, conclusions and research outcomes in formal written Japanese, on a range of topics related to contemporary Japanese culture.
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
A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar
Author: Makino & Tsutsui
Publisher: Japan Times
All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words <--this is an extremely useful book!
Author: Chino, Naoko
Publisher: Kodansha America
Staff FeedbackStudents 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 FeedbackANU 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.
Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1: Self Introduction Biography|
|2||Week 2: Biography|
|3||Week 3: Biography||Unit 1 online quizzes|
|4||Week 4: Biography||Workshop Test 1|
|5||Week 5: Comparative culture|
|6||Week 6: Comparative culture||Unit 2 online quizzes|
|7||Week 7: Comparative culture||Essay 1|
|8||Week 8: Comparative culture|
|9||Week 9: Gift giving||Workshop test 2; Unit 3 online quizzes|
|10||Week 10: Gift giving|
|11||Week 11: Gift giving|
|12||Week 12: Gift giving||Workshop test 3 Unit 4 online quizzes|
|13||Week 13:||Essay 2|
Through Allocate Plus
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Workshop Tests||40 %||1, 2, 4, 5, 6|
|Essays||30 %||1, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Online Quizzes||30 %||1, 2, 3, 5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU 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:
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
Assessment RequirementsThe 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 AssessmentMarks 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 workshops and tutorials is mandatory. Attendance is vital to a successful semester.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
There will be a test at the end of each workshop topic that will test both reading comprehension and writing ability. Students will be expected to have learned all of the relevant vocabulary and grammar components from the online portion as well as grammar and vocabulary highlighted in the workshops. Please note that dates may be subject to change due to timetabling or other considerations. Students will be given ample notice of any such changes. We will endeavour to return marked tests within two weeks of the
Weight: 40% (Test 1:10%, Test 2:15%, Test 3:15%)
See wattle for test dates.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
Students will submit two essays (1000 and 1200 characters respectively) on topics to be announced in class. Students will have the opportunity to submit a rough draft (not assessed) and to receive written and/or oral feedback on the rough draft prior to submitting the final copy. If submitted electronically, students must submit handwritten, scanned copies of the essay online. We will endeavour to return marked essays within two weeks of the deadline. All essays 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 dealt with in accordance with the ANU academic honesty policy. All citations and quotations must be clearly indicated in accordance with generally accepted academic practice. Students are responsible for keeping copies of all sources and materials cited in the essay. Please note that due dates may be subject to change due to timetabling or other considerations. Students will be given ample notice of any such changes. Marking criteria/rubric are available on Wattle.
Essay 1 (10%)
Essay 2 (20%)
See wattle for due dates.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5
The online component is semi-self-paced. When you feel you have learned enough to attempt a quiz, you take it, however all quizzes for a certain unit must be completed by the date indicated on the schedule. There are five quizzes for each of the four online units. If you are not satisfied with the mark you receive on an online test, you may (and should) repeat it without penalty. The last (not necessarily highest) score will count. The reading comprehension quizzes may only be taken a maximum of 3 times. Students must wait a minimum of 72 hours before retaking a quiz.
All vocabulary and grammar quizzes are cumulative. That is, the unit 2 quiz will cover material from units 1 and 2, the unit 3 quiz from units 1, 2, and 3 and so on.
All vocabulary and grammar quizzes are automatically marked. Reading comprehension quizzes are manually marked and we will endeavour to mark all reading comprehension quizzes within 72 hours.
Quizzes for each unit must be completed by the deadlines indicated on the class schedule. Once the deadline has passed no further attempts or retakes of that unit's quizzes will be possible.
Vocabulary quizzes (Reading, English & Kanji recognition) - 12%
Grammar quizzes - 8%
Reading comprehension quizzes - 10%
Time limit for each quiz:
Vocabulary quizzes - 15mins
Grammar quizzes - 20mins
Reading comprehension quizzes - 20mins
See wattle for due dates.
Academic IntegrityAcademic 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 SubmissionThe 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 SubmissionFor 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.
No assessment tasks will be accepted after the due date unless the student has received prior permission in writing.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted 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 PenaltiesExtensions 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.
Distribution of grades policyAcademic 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.
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
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Japanese language education, Second language acquisition
Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura
Dr Tami McGrath