Course Title: Japanese 4

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: LANG5488

Course Title: Japanese 4

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4198 - Certificate IV 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

Chie Hama

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 III in Applied Language or VCE Japanese or up to 480  hrs prior study, or equivalent. The ability to read and write the hiragana and katakana scripts  and approximately 200 elementary kanji characters is essential.

Course Description

This course makes up the year long Certificate IV 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. Approximately 200 Kanji characters will be consolidated with a further 150 kanji characters to be introduced for reproduction and/or recognition. You will be able to speak and understand Japanese in a varied range of complex, everyday contexts.  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 397 Japanese 4

Learning Outcomes

  1. Negotiate an oral exchange to solve problems, explore issues or provide customer service
  2. Give an oral presentation
  3. Participate in a social or cultural event
  4. Listen and report on a sustained oral event
  5. Write work-related documents
  6. Read and understand complex work-related or general written 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. 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 every semester and Course Experience Questionnaires are distributed from week 12, of each semester.

*This program is being re-accredited.

Teaching Schedule

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

Week1  "course overview’  &Reision
Week2   Japanese "Live" L1
Week3   Japanese "Live" L2
Week4   Japanese "Live" L3
Week5   Japanese "Live" L4
Week6   Japanese "Live" L5
Week7    Japanese "Live" L6
Week8   Language Lab
                Includes Easter break
Week9    Japanese "Live" L7
Week10 Japanese "Live" L8
Week11  Japanese "Live" L9
Week12  Japanese "Live" L10
Week14 Exam *in normal class time
                Tue 7/6/11Oral&Aural Exam

                Thur 9/6/11Written Exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

BEUCKMANN, Fusako et. al (2006) Japanese "Live" - Speaking Skills Learned through Listening 1 and 2
Tokyo: Kuroshio


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 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. An official result with transcript will be available at the end of the program ( November 2011)

Regular tasks conducted throughout the semester, including:
*oral tasks (1) 10%
*knji & vocabulary tests 20%
*written task (1) 10%
*listening test (1) 10%

Test times and 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.

Written examination 30%
May include:

*reading comprehension
*set phrases

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 six criteria
1 grammatical accuracy
2 adequacy of vocabulary for purpose
3 intelligibility
4 fluency
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
2 organisation
3 cohesion
4 adequacy of vocabulary for purpose
5 grammatical accuracy
6 script


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 IV Blackboard as below:
LANG 5484  Japanese 4

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