Course Title: Japanese 1

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

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

Maya Fujioka

Hiroko Ohashi (
Program Co-ordinator
Japanese Language Programs
Phone: +61 3 9925 3975/2328

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 each semester and Course Experience Questionnaires are distributed from week 12, of each semester.

* This program is being re-accredited. 

Teaching Schedule

WeekContents         Special Activities                
W1 Lesson 1
W2 Lesson 1
  Encounters with                          Japanese  Pop Culture
W3 Lesson1  
W4 Lesson 2
W5 Lesson 2
 Japan Information and Cultural Centre visit (28/3/11   2.15-3.30pm)
W6 Lesson 2
  SSCC Meeting 1(5-6pm)
W7 Lesson 3
Includes Easter break
 Lesson 3
W9 Lesson 3
W10 Lesson 4
  Exam information sheet available on Blackboard
W11 Lesson 4
W12 Lesson 4
  SSCC Meeting 2
W13 Revision
W14 Written Exam (7/6) 
Oral/Aural Exam (9/6)
in normal class times

Teaching Schedule (for Semester One only ) *Subject to Change*

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: Genki on-line
• Listening practice:
• Jim Breen’s Dictionary
For individual word or kanji:
"Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC"
(Jim Breen’s site could be used as a principal source of Japanese dictionary)
• "popups" vocabulary help for online texts: ""

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 the end-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 2011)

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, or a documented work-related commitment, an assessment task conducted during classes from which you were absent. In such instances, you must CONTACT YOUR LECTURER IN ADVANCE, OR WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE MISSED ASSESSMENT to apply for a deferred assessment. A deferred assessment is to be completed at the next scheduled assessment date. You cannot sit deferred listening tasks. Please plan your vacations carefully, taking into consideration assessment/exam dates, as a vacation is not considered a legitimate reason.

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 -3 listening comprehension exercises

Examinations are held in normal class times in week 14. Oral/aural examinations will be of 1.5 hours duration. Written examinations 2 hours duration.


Oral tasks are graded according to the following five criteria, each
and grading given equal weight.
1 Grammatical accuracy : Do you have the basic grammatical knowledge and vocabulary to complete the task?
2 Adequacy of vocabulary for purpose: Are you using appropriate vocabulary for the task?
3 Intelligibility and fluency: Do you have clear pronunciation? Is your delivery carried out smoothly? Are you fluent in your delivery with few hesitations?
4 Adequacy of content: Have you fulfilled the task appropriately? Are you able to use repair strategies, if necessary?
5 Interactive skills: Are you making eye contact with your partner/interviewer and using non-verbal skills appropriately?

Written tasks are graded according to the following six criteria, each given equal weight.
1 Relevance and adequacy of content : Response is adequate to the topic
2 Organisation :Essay (where appropriate) has an introduction, body, and conclusion
3 Cohesion :Sentences are semantically accurate
4 Adequacy of vocabulary for purpose : A wide range of vocabulary is used appropriately, including from lessons covered in the course.
5 Grammatical accuracy: A wide range of grammatical forms are used, including correct tense, particle and word order are used
6 Script : Appropriate script is used and written correctly

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

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

You will find important material such as Oral and Written Task Sheets and Exam and Information in Blackboard from Week 3. You will need to access the Cert III Blackboard as below:
LANG 5485 Japanese 1 Class #1220
Files should be downloaded, printed out and be placed in your folder and brought to class.
Details for special activities organised for this course (as described in your Teaching Schedule) will appear as Announcements in Blackboard.

There is also an Events and Opportunities page in Blackboard which is regularly updated with Melbourne events related to Japan as well as opportunities for study/work in Japan .

You can access Blackboard through the “Studies” tab in myRMIT.

It is essential that you access Blackboard at least weekly for updates.
These may be made available through Gradebook in Blackboard

Course Overview: Access Course Overview