Course Title: Japanese 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese 5

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
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 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: 37.5.40

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LANG1097/1257 Japanese 5 is open to students who have successfully completed LANG1095/1256 Japanese 4 or who have completed 5 or 6 years of post-beginner Japanese at high school. If you have had approximately 130 hours of Japanese tuition in another tertiary institution and have reached a post 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 available to students who have completed standard Year 12 Japanese (i.e. Unit 3 and 4) in recent years. If you completed Year 12Japanese, please enrol in LANG1097/1257 Japanese 5 instead. 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 obtained only a minimal passing grade for Year 12 Japanese may request a placement interview to discuss the possibility of enrolment in 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. For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

This course is the fifth in a series of eight consecutive courses in Japanese language and culture.

You will refine your communicative skills in both spoken and written Japanese. Language use will be in a wider range of personal, social and vocational situations and contexts through applying respectful forms of verbs. You will apply your knowledge of the language to communication and demonstrate this by oral presentations and extended written pieces. Emphasis will be placed on the development of oral fluency and aural competency, as well as your written ability in the Japanese language.

Classes are taught in Japanese.

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning and to build on your knowledge to a level where learning can continue in further study or self-directed learning. The course will equip you with further knowledge for cross-cultural situations within the framework of language and associated non-verbal communication

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Communicate in both oral and written Japanese with some fluency on a range of topics in most social and some vocational contexts, allowing to become aware of various verbs forms and to build a sensitivity to differences in register
  • Read and write a range of extended and varied passages in these contexts incorporating 270 basic kanji
  • Reflect on and use a variety of registers in the Japanese language appropriately in a range of familiar and some vocational contexts
  • Comprehend a range of authentic spoken, written and multimedia Japanese materials, including Japanese dialogues spoken at normal speed , using the language learning strategies you have acquired.
  • Analyse and reflect on aspects of the Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language
  • Analyse and reflect on some of your own cultural values and norms and make comparisons to the Japanese ones, expanding 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.

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.