Course Title: Japanese 2 (Intensive)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese 2 (Intensive)

Credit Points: 36


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Emma Dalton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3455

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.37

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LANG1275 Japanese 2 (intensive) is open to students who have successfully completed LANG1274 Japanese 1 (Intensive).
You may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge to enrol in LANG1275 Japanese 2 (Intensive). 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.

For Self-Evaluation please refer to: or

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 second of two full-time intensive mode courses in Japanese offered at RMIT University.

This course aims to consolidate your spoken and written skills in Japanese. Language use will be applied to a wide range of personal, social and vocational situations and contexts requiring respectful forms of verbs. You will demonstrate your communicative competence in Japanese through 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.

You will critically reflect on contemporary Japanese society, literature and language use, and consider the relationships between behaviour and language.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • 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 life long learning of languages 

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.
  • Apply a wide range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and demonstrate independent and autonomous learning.
  • 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.

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.