Course Title: Japanese 3

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: LANG5487

Course Title: Japanese 3

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3195 - Certificate III 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

Mizue Aiko

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

Certificate II in Language (Japanese), up to 360 hrs prior study, or equivalent. The ability to read and write the hiragana and katakana scripts and approximately 200 kanji characters is essential.

Course Description

This course makes up the year long Certificate III 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. The scripts of hiragana, katakana, and approximately 200 basic kanji will be consolidated with fthe further teaching of  100 new kanji characters. You will be able to speak and understand Japanese in a predictable, yet varied range of workplace and everyday situations.  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 304 Japanese 3

Learning Outcomes

  1.   Provied information and advice
  2. Participate in a casual conversation with customers or colleagues
  3. Negotiate a problematic exchange
  4. Demonstrate understanding of spoken information, explanations and instructions
  5. Write routine workplace instructions
  6. Complete standard forms and routine workplace documents
  7. Demonstrate understanding of a limited range of workplace texts

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. Classes are designed to use the four skills(speaking, listening, reading, and writing) together in an integrated manner. However, the assessment of each skill will be assigned to a specific teacher to maintain consistency. 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

*This teaching schedule is subject to change*

Week  1           
Week 2L16 L16 Kanji test - for practice only
Thur 10/3/11
Week 3                       L17  Workshop
Study tips for Learning a Language" check Blackboard for details
Week 4L17Oral Task (for practice -not assessed)
Tue 22/3/11
"Study tips for Learning a Language" check Blackboard for details

Week 5L17L17 Kanji Test
Thur 31/5/11
  Informal feedback
28/3/11 Information session at Japan Information and Culture Centre – check Blackboard for details

Week 6L18  SSCC Meeting 1(5-6pm)
Week 7L18  
Week 8
Includes Easter break
Writing Task Topic
Oral Test -
Tue 19/4/11

L18 Kanji Test - Thur 28/4/11
Week 9L19Listening Test
Tue 3/5/11
Week10L19 Writing Task due(Tue)
Tue 10/5/11
 Exam information sheet available on Blackboard
Week 11L19 L19 Kanji Test-
Thur 19/5/11
Week 12L20 I & II   SSCC Meeting 2
Week 13L20
I & II
Week 14Tue 7/6/11

Thur 9/6/11
Oral&Aural Exam

Written Exam
*in normal class time

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Sem 1 2011 (renewed Currciulum) Genki II (1999) by E. Banno et. al, Japan Times
Genki II Workbook (1999) by E. Banno et. al, Japan Times


Other Resources

Text 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.


Internet resources:
•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

• Long list of examples for the most appropriate use of a word : "EIJIRO on the Web "
•Dictation quizzes for Japaenese speech:
•Kanji stroke order animation:

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 semester result is obtained by combining the results of all progressive assessment tasks with the semester examination marks.
Assessment Tasks and Value

(i) Progressive (regular tasks conducted during the semester) 50%

*Details announced in class
Kanji Tests (x3) 20%
Writing Task 10%
Oral Test 10%
Listening Test 10%

(ii) Semester examinations 50%

Oral Examination 10%
guided conversations or role plays or interview
Aural Examination 10%

2-3 listening comprehension exercises

Written Examination 30%
reading comprehension
grammar application

Details available in exam information sheet in Wk 10.

*Aural, oral and written examinations are held in Week 14 in normal class time.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA (details in class)


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?


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

You are expected to attend all of the major assessments. 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, you must CONTACT YOUR LECTURER IN ADVANCE, OR WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE MISSED ASSESSMENT. After approval from your lecturer, you are able to sit the task at negotiated deferred assessment dates. It is recommended that planned vacations are taken OUTSIDE course duration as vacation is not considered a legitimate reason.You are required to keep copies of all works submitted.

Work submitted late without an extension or grounds for special consideration may not be accepted. If accepted, it will be penalised at the rate of 5 per cent per working day of the total marks available for the piece of work.

Student works will be returned in class by the lecturer. Further information will be distributed in class during the semester.

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 5487 Japanese 3 Class # 1224
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

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