Course Title: Japanese 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Hiroko Ohashi

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3975

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.40

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LANG1095/1256 Japanese 4 is open to students who have successfully completed LANG1146/1253 Japanese 3 or who have completed 4 or 5 years of post- beginner Japanese at high school. Students who have had approximately 110 hours of Japanese tuition in another tertiary institution and have reached a post beginner level 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 with documentary evidence stating that they have only a minimal passing grade for Year 12 Japanese or who completed Year 12 Japanese many years ago may request a placement interview to discuss the possibility of enrolment in LANG1095/1256 Japanese 4.

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. 

Course Description

This course is the fourth of six consecutive courses in Japanese at RMIT University.

In this course you will build upon your previous knowledge of Japanese, and apply Japanese in a variety of social and cultural contexts. It aims to develop your communicative skills in spoken and written Japanese with emphasis placed on the development of oral fluency and aural competency. Topics and vocabularies will be expanded to include vocational contexts and the use of polite forms.

You will explore contemporary Japanese culture, and the relationships between language and behaviour. Classes are taught in Japanese.

Language practice and communicative activities and tasks encourage you to be responsible and creative for your own learning, and critical in your application of the language to communication with people from different cultures.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Communicate in oral Japanese effectively in a broad range of social and limited vocational contexts in both formal and informal situations, including, making suggestions, requesting assistance, and using potential and volitional forms of verbs.
  • Read and write a range of extended passages in these contexts incorporating 210 basic kanji
  • Communicate effectively in Japanese applying correct register in social and some vocational contexts
  • Comprehend a range of authentic spoken, written and multimedia Japanese materials , comprehending short Japanese dialogues spoken at normal speed
  • Evaluate and use a range of 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

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.

In this course you will develop the following Diploma of Languages program capabilities:

  • Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
  • Reflect and debate your own cultural values and norms in relation to the Japanese ones, further developing your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges

Overview of Learning Activities

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 both 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).

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.

The University Library has extensive resources for our students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include group and individual assignments or projects, in-class tests, class presentations, essays and final exams. 

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

  • 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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment policies and procedures