Course Title: Japanese 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese 5

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023


RMIT University Vietnam


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Viet1 2019,
Viet3 2019,
Viet1 2021,
Viet3 2021,
Viet2 2022,
Viet1 2023,
Viet2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Maki Yoshida

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8249

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B37.L05

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed Japanese 4 LANG1095/LANG1309 have completed 5 or 6 years of Japanese at Secondary school (Victoria Years 7-12) in recent years in Australia before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

In Japanese 5 you will refine your communicative skills in both spoken and written Japanese. Language use will be in a wide range of personal, social and vocational situations and contexts through applying respectful forms of verbs. You will apply your knowledge of the language to communication and demonstrate this by oral presentations and extended written pieces. Emphasis will be placed on the development of oral fluency and aural competency, as well as your written ability in the Japanese language. 

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning and to build on your knowledge to a level where learning can continue in further study or self-directed learning. The course will equip you with further knowledge for cross-cultural situations within the framework of language and associated non-verbal communication. 

Classes are taught 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 cross cultural communication. 

Course Learning Outcomes  

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

  1. Communicate in both oral and written Japanese with some fluency on a range of topics in most social and some vocational contexts, allowing to become aware of various verbs forms and to build a sensitivity to differences in register.
  2. Read and write a range of extended and varied passages in these contexts incorporating approximately 270 basic kanji.
  3. Reflect on and use a variety of registers in the Japanese language appropriately in a range of familiar and some vocational contexts.
  4. Comprehend a range of authentic spoken, written and multimedia Japanese materials, including Japanese dialogues spoken at normal speed, using the language learning strategies you have acquired.
  5. Analyse and reflect on aspects of the Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language.
  6. Analyse and reflect on some of your own cultural values and norms and make comparisons to the Japanese ones, expanding your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges. 

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 speakers of Japanese, 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 access 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. 

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


Assessment Tasks

Melbourne City Campus

Assessment Task 1. Progressive Assessments totalling 50%

- Homework Revision tasks CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

- Written tasks CLO 1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

- Speaking task CLO1, CLO3, CLO5


Assessment Task 2. Final Assessments totalling 50%

- Speaking and written tasks CLO 1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6


Vietnam Campus (Bachelor of Languages BP317)

Assessment Task 1: Language analysis 30% CLO1, CLO3, CLO4

Assessment Task 2: Communicative assessments 40% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO5

Assessment Task 3: Integrated activity (e.g. community engagement) 30% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO5, CLO6


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.


Further details on how each assessment relates to the learning outcomes and information about performance standards required for each assessment task are detailed in the assignment area of Canvas. This includes assessment rubrics for all tasks over 20%. RMIT Grading information is found here: