Course Title: Japanese - Level 1

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: LANG5728

Course Title: Japanese - Level 1

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C1063 - Certificate I in Japanese

Course Contact : Hiroko Ohashi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3975

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Tuesdays: Ms Maya FUJIOKA   

Thursdays: Ms Yuko TAKAOKA  

*Classses are held 6-8pm, in 51.3.4 (both Tuesdays and Thursdays)

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 Japanese, focusing on practical language skills and cultural knowledge for social and workplace application.
The program is designed for you to commence a basis for development of communicative skills in Japanese in a range of personal and social situations. The 2 scripts of hiragana and katakana and approximately 90 basic kanji characters will be taught. Practical and communicative student-centered 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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LOTE868 Japanese - Level 1

Learning Outcomes

1. Provide basic personal information and elicit similar information from others
2. Participate in a simple transactional exchange to provide or obtain a product or service
3. Demonstrate understanding of Spoken Information
4. Complete a simple form
5. Write a short note or message
6. Demonstrate understanding of a simple written 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 languag e learning is assigned as homework. Your active participation in the course, by means of regular preparation of class topics and revision, wider readi
ng 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 online.

Teaching Schedule


  1 Review of L1-4,   L5 
  2 L5 
  3 L5/6 
  4 L6 L5 Kanji Test  (Thu)
  5 L6 Oral Presentation 1 (Tue)
  6 L6 Reading and Writing Task 1 due (Thu)
  *2-8 Sept: Mid-semester break*
  7 L7 L6 Kanji Test  (Thu)
  8 L7 Listening Test (Tue)
  9 L7/8 


 *Exam information sheet  available in Blackboard

 Oral Presentation 2(Tue),  L7 Kanji Test (Thu)
 11 L8 Reading and Writing Task 2 due (Thu)
 12 L8, Revision L8 Kanji Test (Thu)

  Aural/Oral and Written exams

 *Exam dates to be confirmed in week 7*  

*The above program is subject to change.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Banno, E. et. al. (2011) Genki I, Japan Times 2nd e

Banno, E. et. al. (2011) Genki I Workbook Japan Tim
es 2nd edition


Other Resources

Befu, H., Eades, J. S. and Gill, T. (ed.) Globaliza tion 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 On-line Self-Study Room:
Genki website (offers additional useful materials to use including self-study materials and related links

• 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 2013)

Regular tasks conducted throughout the semester, including:
*oral presentation (2) 15%
*script tests (4) 15%
*reading and writing tasks (2) 10%
*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 13. Oral/aural examinations will be of 1 hour duration. Written examinations 1.5 hours duration.


&#65290;Some criteria would not be applicable depending on task used
1 adequacy of content: Fulfil the task appropriately. Ask questions correctly and provide appropriate responses. Open and close with appropriate courtesy expressions. Seek clarification, repetition,
confirmation or repair strategies where necessary.
2 intelligibility and fluency: Delivery is carried out smoothly. Be fluent in your delivery with few hesitations. Have clear pronunciation without interfering with meaning.
3 lingistic accuracy: Effective use of grammar/vocabulary to make yourself understood. Have the basic grammatical knowledge and vocabulary to complete the task. Choice of sentence patterns or
words is appropriate.
4 interactive skills: Make eye contact with your partner/interviewer and use non-verbal skills appropriately. Follow standard cultural conventions using normal politeness markers and appropriate
body language.
1 relevance and adequacy of content: Response is adequate to the topic. Key information is easily understandable.
2 organization: Use standard layout for task. Essay (where appropriate) has an introduction, body, and conclusion. Names of writer and recipient, date/time, address etc correctly positioned if required.
3 cohesion: Sentences are semantically accurate.
4 adequacy of grammar/vocabulary: Correct tense, particle and word order are used. Sentence patterns or words are selected appropriately. Vocabulary is varied and non-repetitive.
5 script: Appropriate script is used and written correctly. Letters/characters are accurately formed.

GRADES    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 I Blackboard as below:
LANG5728 Japanese - Level 1 (Class : 2270)
Files should be downloaded, printed out and be placed in your folder and brought to class. Details for special activities organised for this course 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