Course Title: Japanese 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022


RMIT University Vietnam


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Viet3 2018,
Viet2 2019,
Viet3 2020,
Viet2 2021,
Viet3 2021,
Viet1 2022

Course Coordinator: Hiroko Ohashi

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3975

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 037. Floor 5. Room 040

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite Japanese 3 (LANG1146 / LANG1253/ LANG1308) or completed 4 or 5 years of Japanese at Secondary school (Years 7-10) in the case of Melbourne. 

If you have learnt Japanese outside RMIT, including self-study, you must contact the Course Coordinator to be directed to suitable courses. Students who have had approximately 110 hours of Japanese tuition in another tertiary institution and have reached post-beginner level of proficiency may be allowed to enrol in the course. 

This course is not available to students who have completed standard Year 12 Japanese (i.e. Unit 3 and 4) in recent years in Australia. Students who completed Year 12 Japanese many years ago with documentary evidence should request a placement interview. 

Course Description

This course builds on previous knowledge and skill developed in Japanese 1-3. It aims to develop your communicative skills in spoken and written Japanese in a variety of social and cultural contexts with emphasis on the development of oral fluency and aural competency. Tha aim is that you expand your vocabulary and contextual understanding of Japanese to become more linguistically capable in a variety of settings, such as vocational contexts and those requiring use of polite forms.

Language practice and communicative activities and tasks encourage you to be responsible and creative for your own learning, and critical in your application of the language to communication with people from different cultures.

You will explore contemporary Japanese culture, and the relationships between language and behaviour.

Classes are taught mostly in Japanese.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes  

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:   

Bachelor of Languages BP317 Vietnam 

  • Communicate effectively 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 with audiences within and external to the discipline.
  • Critically reflect on the role of culture in communication and society and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions locally and globally.
  • Work independently and in diverse teams to solve problems, using effective communication strategies demonstrating ethical and reflective practice.
  • Adapt and develop effective communication strategies to address linguistic diversity in the workplace.
  • Critically analyse resources, evidence and personal experience to make ethical, socially and politically aware decisions related to language and intercultural interpretations and applications.
  • Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and crosscultural communication. 

Note: The above Program Learning Outcomes don't apply to the Melbourne Campus offerings. 

Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Communicate in oral Japanese effectively in a broad range of social and limited vocational contexts in both formal and informal situations, including, making suggestions, requesting assistance, and using potential and volitional forms of verbs.
  2. Read and write a range of extended passages in these contexts incorporating 190-220 basic kanji.
  3. Communicate effectively in Japanese applying correct register in social and some vocational contexts.
  4. Comprehend a range of authentic spoken, written and multimedia Japanese materials, comprehending short Japanese dialogues spoken at normal speed.
  5. Evaluate and use a range of language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills and demonstrate independent learning.
  6. Describe and reflect on aspects of the Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language.
  7. Describe your own cultural values and norms and make comparisons to the Japanese ones, being able 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

Activities will include 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). 

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. You 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 access a prescribed text and a recommended Language dictionary. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


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.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

Melbourne Campus (UGRD and PGRD)

Assessment Task 1: Progressive Assessments 50%
- Written tasks: CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7
- Communication tasks (e.g. presentation and discussion or interview): CLO1, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7
- In-class and/or take-home quizzes and short answer tasks: CLO2 CLO4, CLO5

Assessment Task 2: Final Assessment 50%
- Written and/or communication tasks (e.g. presentations, discussion, interviews): CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7


Vietnam Campus (Bachelor of Languages BP317)

Assessment Task 1: Essay writings 35% CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

Assessment Task 2: Communicative assessments 35% CLO1, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

Assessment Task 3: Integrated activity (e.g. community engagement) 30% CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.