Course Title: Japanese 6

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese 6

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Hiroko Ohashi

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3975

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LANG1098/1258 Japanese 6 is open to students who have successfully completed LANG1097/1257 Japanese 5 or who have completed 6 years of post-beginner Japanese at high school. This course is available to students who have completed standard Year 12 Japanese (i.e. Unit 3 and 4) in recent years. If you have had approximately 160 hours of Japanese tuition in another tertiary institution and have reached a pre-intermediate 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.)
For Self-Evaluation, please refer to:

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. 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 sixth of eight consecutive courses in Japanese offered at RMIT University.

This course develops communicative competence, and aims to consolidate your Japanese language skills. You will develop your reading, writing, oral and aural comprehension skills in a wide range of personal and social settings.

This course will assist you to develop advanced skills in oral and written communication skills through Japanese language for vocational and professional needs. You will critically reflect on contemporary Japanese society, literature and language use, and consider the relationships between behaviour and language.

Classes are taught in Japanese.

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

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Communicate in oral and written Japanese effectively and reasonably fluently in most social and some vocational contexts incorporating up to 250 kanji in extended written texts. Topics will include the use of the passive and causative verb forms and application of respectful language
  • Communicate effectively using a variety of registers in Japanese appropriately in different contexts
  • Analyse a range of authentic spoken, written and multimedia materials in Japanese including film and multimedia
  • Critically examine some of your own cultural values and norms and make comparisons to the Japanese ones,further expanding your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges
  • Evaluate and debate contemporary social, political and economic issues in Japan (e.g. the question of Japanese identity), be able to discuss these issues in advanced Japanese.

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 program capabilities:

  • Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
  • Apply a wide range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and demonstrate independent and autonomous learning
  • 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 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.