Course Title: Japanese 1

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: LANG5485

Course Title: Japanese 1

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C1049 - Certificate I in Language (Japanese)

Course Contact : Ms. Barbara White

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5211

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Grp 1: Tue  - Chie Hama,  Thur - Maya Fujioka

Grp 2: Tue - Maya Fujioka,  Thur - Chie Hama

Maya Fujioka’s email TBA

Nominal Hours: 180

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course makes up the year-long Certificate I in Language (Japanese). Through closed and then open-ended learning activities you will establish a basis for development of communicative skills in the spoken and written language, emphasizing the former. On completion of this program you will have elementary speaking and listening skills in Japanese to assist you in a very limited range of everyday situations. The 2 scripts of hiragana and katakana and approximately 90basic kanji characters  will be taught. Practical knowledge of the culture, in a wide range of personal and social situations and context will be introduced. Student-centred drilling, practical and communicative activities and tasks encourage you to be responsible for your own learning, to be creative and critical in your application of knowledge of the language to communication with people of a different cultural tradition, and to build on your knowledge and interest to a level where learning can continue in daily life.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LOTE 563 Japanese 1

Learning Outcomes

1. Participate in a short, basic conversational exchange

2. Provide basic personal information and elicit similar information from others

3. Participate in a simple transactional exchange to provide or obtain a product or service

4. Give spoken information about a person, place, product or service

5. Demonstrate understanding of spoken information

6. Complete a simple form

7. Write a short note or message

8. Identify key information on common signs or simple notices

9. Read a short, simple information text

Details of Learning Activities

Class time is devoted to a variety of activities at introducing, drilling, learning experiences practising, consolidating and developing aspects of language which are
then available for you to use communicatively. This process includes presentation of new language through explanation, on-line and audio material and text; mechanical oral and written exercises and drills, leading to creative oral and written tasks, aim to give you practice in adapting and using the introduced language for your own communicative purposes.

Much of the rote learning work necessary to language learning is assigned as homework. Your active participation in the course, by means of regular preparation of class topics and revision, wider reading about the country and culture, and seeking out own opportunities to practise, is necessary if successful learning is to take place.

Classes provide most of the limited opportunities you have to use newly-learnt language. Attendance at all classes is therefore essential.
Feedback on the balance and focus of the subject from you is welcome. Students and staff meet to consult in week 9, and Course Experience Questionnaires are distributed from week 13, of each semester.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule Subject to Change

*All scheduled class assessmentsin italics
W1 (3/3) Lesson1


W2 (10/3) Lesson1

Hiragana test 1(a-to) (WB pp105~106)

W3 (includes MS/Easter Break)Lessons 1 & 2

Katakana Lesson 2

Hiragana test 2(na-n) (WB pp107~109)

W4 (31/3) Lesson2

Hiragana test 3 (WBpp110~111)

SSCC rep confirmed

W5 (7/4) Lesson2

Katakana test 1 (WBpp112~113)

Japan Information and Cultural Centre visit

W6 14/4 Lesson3

Katakana test 2 (WBpp114~115)

W7 21/4 Lesson3

Katakana test 3 (WBp116 & all)

Oral presentation 1

W8 28/4 Lesson3 & 4

Listening Test

W9 5/5 Lesson 4

Kanji test L3

W10 12/5 Lesson 4

Oral presentation 2

W11  19/5Lesson 5

Kanji test L4

Exam information sheet

W12 26/5 Lesson5

Verb test (based on Workbook L3 p25 and L4 p36)

W13 2/6 Lesson 6

Kanji test L5

W14 9/6 Lesson 6 
Revision & Kanji practice (L6)

W15 Exam

Tuesday 17/6  and Thursday 19/6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Banno, E. et. al. (1999) Genki I, Japan Times  Banno, E. et. al. (1999) Genki I Workbook Japan Times


Other Resources


Befu, H., Eades, J. S. and Gill, T. (ed.) Globalization and social change in contemporary Japan Rosanna, Vic. : Trans Pacific Press, 2000

Hendry, J., Understanding Japanese society New York : Routledge, 2003.

Martinez., D. P. (ed.) Modern Japanese culture and society London : Routledge, 2007.

Mouer, R. and Kawanishi H.. A sociology of work in Japan New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Nathan., J., Japan unbound : a volatile nation’s quest for pride and purpose Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

Sugimoto, Y. An introduction to Japanese society Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Sugimoto, Y. and Mouer, R. Images of Japanese society : a study in the social construction of reality London ; New York : Kegan Paul, 2002.


ESSENTIAL Genki website (offers additional useful materials to use including self-study materials and related links:

RMIT Learning Hub/Blackboard:

Listening practice:

Dictation quizzes for Japanese speech:

Japan-related activities in Melbourne :


Japan Insight:

Japan’s Official Site:

Bookshop specialising in Japanese language texts:

Updates on scholarships/events:

Overview of Assessment

Your language skills will be assessed using speaking tasks, listening tasks, reading tasks, script tests and short written assignments. The final result is obtained by combining the results of all progressive assessment tasks (this includes class based tasks as well as tasks completed outside of class) with the mid-year and end-of-year examination. Both progressive assessment and exams cover the learning outcomes as described above.

Assessment Tasks

The final end-of-year result is obtained by combining the results of all progressive assessment tasks with theend-of-semester examination marks for Semester 1 and 2. Results for Semester 1 may be made available through the Blackboard in the Learning Hub. An official result with transcript will be available at the end of the program ( November 2008)

Regular tasks conducted throughout the semester, including:
*oral presentation (2) 15%

*script tests (including 1 written task) 20%
*class test (on verbs) 5%
*listening test (1) 10%

Test times are included in the course guide, details announced in class. You cannot perform at other times without legitimate reason, such as submission of a medical certificate, an assessment task conducted during classes from which you were absent. In such circumstances, re-sit of the task is to be completed at the next scheduled assessment date You cannot re-sit listening tasks. You are required to keep copies of all works submitted.

Written examination 30%
May include:

*reading comprehension
*grammar application

Details announced in class

Oral/aural examination 20%
*guided conversations or role plays or interview
*2 listening comprehension exercises

Examinations are held in normal class times in week 15. Oral/aural examinations will be of 1.5 hours duration. Written examinations 2 hours duration. 


 Oral tasks are graded according to the following six criteria, each
and grading given equal weight.
1 grammatical accuracy
2 adequacy of vocabulary for purpose
3 intelligibility
4 fluency
5 relevance and adequacy of content
6 interactive skills

Written tasks are graded according to the following six criteria, each given equal weight.
1 relevance and adequacy of content
2 organisation
3 cohesion
4 adequacy of vocabulary for purpose
5 grammatical accuracy
6 script

Grades 0 - 49% NN
50 -59% PA
60-69% CR
70-79% DI
80-100% HD

Assessment Matrix

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