Course Title: Japanese - Level 4

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4283

Course Title: Japanese - Level 4

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 180.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng


Term2 2012

Course Contact: Hiroko Ohashi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3975

Course Contact Email:

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 320 basic kanji will be consolidated with fthe further teaching of 150 new kanji characters, focussing on 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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Certificate III in Japanese or VCE Japanese or up to 540 hrs prior study, or equivalent. The ability to read and write the hiragana and katakana scripts and approximately 320 elementary kanji characters is essential.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

LOTE1165 Japanese - Level 4

Learning Outcomes

1 Negotiate an oral exchange to solve problems, explore issues or provide customer service
2 Give an oral presentation
3 Participate effectively in a conversation in a social or workplace context# Listen and report on a sustained oral 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 

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.