Course Title: Japanese 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1095

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

LANG1256

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

LANG1309

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Viet3 2018,
Viet2 2019

Course Coordinator: Hiroko Ohashi

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3975

Course Coordinator Email: hiroko.ohashi@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite Japanese 3 or who have completed 4 or 5 years of Japanese at Secondary school (Years 7-10) in the case of Melbourne.

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 110 hours of Japanese tuition in another tertiary institution and have reached post-beginner level of proficiency 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 with documentary evidence should request a placement interview.

Note: A student’s enrolment in a course for which s/he holds more advanced qualifications and/or experience may be cancelled at any time of the semester. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit and students may remain liable for course fees.


Course Description

This course builds on previous knowledge and skill developed in Japanese 1-3. It aims to develop your communicative skills in spoken and written Japanese in a variety of social and cultural contexts with emphasis 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.

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.

You will explore contemporary Japanese culture, and the relationships between language and behaviour.

Classes are taught in Japanese.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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.

 


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

  1. 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.
  2. Read and write a range of extended passages in these contexts incorporating 190-220 basic kanji.
  3. Communicate effectively in Japanese applying correct register in social and some vocational contexts
  4. Comprehend a range of authentic spoken, written and multimedia Japanese materials, comprehending short Japanese dialogues spoken at normal speed.
  5. Evaluate and use a range of 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. Describe your own cultural values and norms and make comparisons to the Japanese ones, being able to reflect on and develop your knowledge 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.


Overview of Learning Activities

Activities will include 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. You 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 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 Japanese language 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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.


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.

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 Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: https://www.rmit.edu.au/about/governance-and-management/governance/policies/assessment-policy