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


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

Course Coordinator: Hiroko Ohashi

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3975

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.11

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LANG1146/1253 Japanese 3 is open to students who have successfully completed LANG1094/1171 Japanese 2 or who have completed 3 or 4years of late beginner Japanese at high school. If you have had approximately 80-90 hours of Japanese tuition in another tertiary institution and have reached a late beginner level, you may be allowed to enrol in the course but only after a placement quiz/ interview. (Please contact the course coordinator to organise this.)
This course is not available to students who have completed standard Year 12 Japanese (i.e. Unit 3 and 4) in recent years. Please note that a student’s enrolment in a course for which s/he holds incompatible qualifications may be cancelled at any time. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit, and students may remain liable for course fees.

Students who completed Year 12 Japanese many years ago with documentary evidence stating that they obtained only a minimal passing grade for Year 12 Japanese may request a placement interview to discuss the possibility of enrolment in LANG1146/1253 Japanese 3.

For Self-Evaluation, please refer to:

It is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite before enrolling in a course. For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

*Not all information provided here is applicable to RMIT Vietnam campus. Please see Part B for       RMIT Vietnam specific course guides.

Course Description

This course is the third of eight consecutive courses in Japanese at RMIT University.

The course aims to further develop your oral/aural skills and writing and reading skills and practical knowledge of the culture in a wider range of personal and social situations and contexts.

You will be able to develop a wider range of language functions, and have the opportunity to apply Japanese language skills in a variety of situations and continue to improve language proficiency, in 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

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

  • 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.
  • Read and write a range of passages in these contexts incorporating 160 basic kanji
  • Communicate ’effectively’ in Japanese responding in correct register in most contexts
  • Read, interpret and comprehend authentic spoken, written and multimedia Japanese materials, including short Japanese dialogues spoken at normal speed
  • Describe and evaluate some language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills and demonstrate independent learning Describe and reflect on aspects of the Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language
  • 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

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and cross-cultural communication.

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• Communicate effectively in Japanese 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
• Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
• Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in Japanese
• Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication

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 native speakers, 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

You may need to purchase 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.

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.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: Assessment and assessment flexibility policy

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: Student Responsibilities Statement

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 your Program Director or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.