Course Title: Japanese 1 (Intensive)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese 1 (Intensive)

Credit Points: 36


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


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

LANG1274 Japanese 1 Intensive assumes no previous experience with the Japanese language.
Japanese 1 (Intensive) may also be suitable for you if you have completed some previous beginners/introductory level Japanese studies. If uncertain, contact the Course Coordinator before you start this course to determine the appropriate level for you.

Please note that enrolments may be refused on the basis of previous Japanese study or abilities, and enrolment in a different course may be recommended. A student’s enrolment in a course for which s/he holds incompatible qualifications may be cancelled at any time of the semester. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit, and students may remain liable for course fees.

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Course Description

This course is the first of two full-time intensive mode courses in Japanese offered at RMIT University.

This course will provide you with skills in oral, listening, reading and written communication in the Japanese language, as well as a practical knowledge of the culture in a wide range of personal and social situations and contexts.

You will have the opportunity to apply Japanese language skills in a variety of situations and develop your 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.

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning and to build on your knowledge to a level where you can continue with further 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

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

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.
  • Evaluate and apply some language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills and demonstrate independent learning.
  • Reflect on and analyse aspects of the Japanese culture embedded in the language, and make comparisons to your own cultural norms, thereby expanding your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges.

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of structured in class exercises provide opportunities to develop your skills, with emphasis placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations, and hypothetical situations.
Multimedia teaching and learning resources, and readings relating to sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication issues will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties which may arise in cross-cultural communication.

You will be expected to participate actively in many pair and group activities 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. Multimedia teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used, and made available through 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.