Course Title: Japanese 1
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Japanese 1
Credit Points: 12.00
Course Coordinator: Dr. Maki Yoshida
Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 8249
Course Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
Japanese 1 assumes very limited experience in the Japanese language. This course is designed for students who have no experience in Japanese or who have only studied Japanese at Primary or Lower Secondary School (up to Year 8) in the case of Melbourne.
If you have learnt Japanese outside RMIT, including self-study, you must contact the Course Coordinator in order to be directed to suitable courses.
Note: A student’s enrolment in a course for which s/he holds more advanced qualifications and/or experience may be cancelled at any time of the semester. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit and students may remain liable for course fees.
This course caters for students who would like to start learning Japanese at University. It will introduce you to Japanese language and culture and assist you to develop in four different modes of Japanese Language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing.
You will explore the links between language and culture and familiarise yourself with the pronunciation system of Japanese and the formation of the 3 Japanese scripts. You will explore the norms and values of Japanese society and behaviour as expressed in and reflected by the language. The course will equip you with some basic knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and lays the foundation for further Japanese study.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
- Communicate effectively in Japanese in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms.
- Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions.
- Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in Japanese.
- Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Communicate in oral Japanese effectively in basic social contexts, including greetings, introductions, describing past, present and future events and location.
- Read and write simple passages in these contexts using hiragana, katakana and very basic kanji.
- Communicate effectively’ in Japanese and demonstrate awareness of some uses of registers in different contexts.
- Read, interpret and comprehend simple authentic spoken, written and multimedia Japanese materials.
- Identify some language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills and demonstrate independent learning.
- Identify and discuss aspects of the Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language.
- Describe your own cultural values and norms and make comparisons to the Japanese ones, beginning to reflect on and develop your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges.
If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and cross-cultural communication.
Overview of Learning Activities
You will be able to work in pairs and small groups to develop your language skills. Oral exercises will provide you with opportunities to practise your spoken Japanese while you will use listening exercises to analyse features such as pronunciation to improve your listening skills.
Cultural understanding and the relationship between language and behaviour will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties, which may arise in cross-cultural communication.
Class exercises are supported by language exchange sessions with native speakers, where appropriate. We will be doing many pair and group activities in which you are expected to participate actively and to use only Japanese. Therefore, regular class attendance is important to support your learning.
Overview of Learning Resources
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended Language dictionary. Multi-media teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used and made available through our online systems which you can access at myRMIT/studies.
The University Library has extensive resources for Japanese language students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.
The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.
Overview of Assessment
You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc). You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.
Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: https://www.rmit.edu.au/about/governance-and-management/governance/policies/assessment-policy