Course Title: Japanese 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023


RMIT University Vietnam


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet2 2019,
Viet1 2020,
Viet2 2020,
Viet3 2020,
Viet1 2021,
Viet2 2021,
Viet3 2021,
Viet2 2022,
Viet3 2022,
Viet2 2023,
Viet3 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Maki Yoshida

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (3) 99258249

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5, Room 1

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed  Japanese 2 LANG1094/LANG1307 or completed 3-4 years of Japanese at Secondary school (Year 7 and 9) in the case of Melbourne before you commence this course.

If you have learnt Japanese outside RMIT, including self-study, you must contact the Course Coordinator in order to be directed to suitable courses. Students who have had approximately 80-90 hours of Japanese tuition in another tertiary institution, or you have reached a late beginner level of proficiency outside formal study, you may be allowed to enrol in the course. 

This course is not available to students who have completed standard Year 12 Japanese (i.e. Unit 3 and 4) in recent years in Australia. Students who completed Year 12 Japanese many years ago should request a placement interview. 

Course Description

This course builds on the knowledge and skill developed in Japanese 1 and Japanese 2. You will further develop on your oral/aural skills, writing and reading skills as well as extend your practical knowledge of the culture in a wider range of personal and social situations and contexts. 

You will develop a range of language functions and have the opportunity to apply Japanese language skills in a variety of situations designed to improve language proficiency, particularly in register. You will learn to use the plain form of verbs to produce a wider range of sentence structures. Reading and writing skills will be strengthened by writing passages, incorporating on-line aids. 

Classes are taught mostly in Japanese. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

Bachelor of Languages BP317 Vietnam

  • Communicate effectively in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms with audiences within and external to the discipline.
  • Critically reflect on the role of culture in communication and society and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions locally and globally. 
  • Work independently and in diverse teams to solve problems, using effective communication strategies demonstrating ethical and reflective practice. 
  • Adapt and develop effective communication strategies to address linguistic diversity in the workplace. 
  • Critically analyse resources, evidence and personal experience to make ethical, socially and politically aware decisions related to language and intercultural interpretations and applications. 
  • Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and crosscultural communication. 


Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Communicate in oral Japanese effectively in a range of social contexts in both formal and informal situations, including, future plans, making comparisons and giving advice.
  2. Read and write a range of passages in these contexts incorporating 150-170 basic kanji.
  3. Communicate ’effectively’ in Japanese responding in correct register in most contexts.
  4. Read, interpret and comprehend authentic spoken, written and multimedia Japanese materials, including short Japanese dialogues spoken at normal speed.
  5. Describe and evaluate some language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills and demonstrate independent learning.
  6. Describe and reflect on aspects of the Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language.
  7. Discuss and reflect on your own cultural values and norms and make comparisons to the Japanese ones, developing your understanding of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be able to work in pairs and small groups to develop your language skills. Oral exercises will provide you with opportunities to practise your spoken Japanese while you will use listening exercises to analyse features such as pronunciation to improve your listening skills. 

Cultural understanding and the relationship between language and behaviour will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties, which may arise in cross-cultural communication. 

Class exercises are supported by language exchange sessions with speakers of Japanese, where appropriate. We will be doing many pair and group activities in which you are expected to participate actively and to use only Japanese. Therefore, regular class attendance is important to support your learning. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

You may need to access a prescribed text and a recommended Language dictionary. Multi-media teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used and made available through our online systems which you can access at myRMIT/studies. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc). You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks. 

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

Melbourne Campus (UGRD)

Assessment Task 1: Progressive Assessments totalling 50% - Written tasks CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7
- Communication (e.g. presentation, discussion, tests) tasks CLO1, CLO 3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7
- In-class and/or take-home quizzes and short answer tasks CLO2 CLO4, CLO5

Assessment Task 2: Final Assessments totalling 50% Written and communication tasks CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7

Vietnam Campus (Bachelor of Languages BP317)

Assessment Task 1: Essay writings 40% CLO2, CLO3, CLO5, CLO7

Assessment Task 2: Communicative assessments 40% CLO1, CLO3, CLO5

Assessment Task 3: Integrated activity (e.g. community engagement) 20% CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.