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 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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 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
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)
Tuesday 17/6 and Thursday 19/6
Banno, E. et. al. (1999) Genki I, Japan Times Banno, E. et. al. (1999) Genki I Workbook Japan Times
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:
Dictation quizzes for Japanese speech:
Japan-related activities in Melbourne :
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.
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)
PROGRESSIVE ASSESSMENT 50%
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.
END-OF-SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS 50%
Written examination 30%
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
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
4 adequacy of vocabulary for purpose
5 grammatical accuracy
Grades 0 - 49% NN
50 -59% PA
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