Course Title: Japanese - Level 3

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: LANG5730

Course Title: Japanese - Level 3

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3276 - Certificate III in Japanese

Course Contact : Hiroko Ohashi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3975

Course Contact Email:hiroko.ohashi@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

his 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:

LOTE1066 Japanese - Level 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. Complete standard forms and routine workplace documents
6. 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.
 


Teaching Schedule

WeekContentsAssessmentOther activities
1Revision L13-16
Lesson 17
  
2Lesson 17  
3Lesson 17 L17 kanji test 

4

Mid-semester break 28 March - 3 April

Lesson 18  
5Lesson 18 Listening test 
6Lesson 18 L18 kanji testSSCC meeting (Date to be confirmed) 
7Lesson 19 oral test 
8Lesson 19  
9Lesson 19L19 kanji test  
10Lesson 20 Exam information sheet available on Blackboard 
11Lesson 20Writing task due  
12RevisionL20 kanji test SSCC meeting (Date to be confirmed) 
13Written Exam (4/6) Oral/Aural Exams (6/6) in normail class times  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Banno, E. et. al. (2011) Genki II, Japan Times 2nd edition

Banno, E. et. al. (2011) Genki II Workbook Japan Times 2nd edition


References


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 http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/
• Listening practice: www.japanesepod101.com
• Jim Breen’s Dictionary
For individual word or kanji:
"Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC" http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi?1C
(Jim Breen’s site could be used as a principal source of Japanese dictionary)
• "popups" vocabulary help for online texts: "Rikai.com" http://www.rikai.com/perl/Home.pl

Japan-related activities in Melbourne :
www.melbourne.au.emb-japan.go.jp/
News:
www.japantimes.co.jp/topnews.html
Japan Insight:
http://jin.jcic.or.jp/insight
Japan’s Official Site:
www.mofa.go.jp
Bookshop specialising in Japanese language texts:
www.languageint.com.au
Updates on scholarships/events:
www.rmit.edu.au/languages
 


Overview of Assessment

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.


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)

PROGRESSIVE ASSESSMENT 50%
Regular tasks conducted throughout the semester, including:
*oral presentation (1) 10%
*script tests (x4) 20%
*writing task (1) 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.

END-OF-SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS 50%
Written examination 30%
May include:
*reading comprehension
*grammar application
*writing
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 1.5 hours duration. Written examinations 2 hours duration.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
*Some criteria would not be applicable depending on task used
ORAL TASKS
1:adequacy of content: All tasks are fulfilled adequately and include required language functions to provide information. Ask questions correctly and provide appropriate responses. Open and close with appropriate courtesy expressions. Seek clarification, repetition, confirmation or repair strategies where necessary.
3 fluency and intelligibility: Mostly accurate pronunciation and reasonable fluency
4 grammatical accuracy and vocabulary: Sentences are valid and comprehensive and grammar and vocabulary are used accurately to clarify or confirm details
4 interactive skills/ appropriate expressions and manners: Uses linguistically and culturally appropriate strategies for turn-taking, expressing needs, agreement / disagreement, regret, seeking clarification, confirming etc. .Uses of culturally appropriate politeness markers, courtesy expressions and non-verbal cue
WRITTEN TASKS
1 relevance and adequacy of content: Response is adequate to the topic. Writes key information and relevant details in appropriate place
2 organization: Follows standard conventions and layout in preparing written documents
3 cohesion: Presents information in a logical sequence and use linking words appropriately. Sentences are semantically accurate.
4 Grammatical accuracy / appropriateness /vocabulary: correct grammatical structures including relevant tenses or time markers and some cohesive devices. A wide range of vocabulary is used appropriately
5 script: Appropriate script is used and written correctly.
 


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

BLACKBOARD
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 (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.

PROGRESSIVE ASSESSMENT RESULTS
These may be made available through Gradebook in Blackboard
 

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