Course Title: Japanese Language in Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese Language in Context

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1277

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017

LANG1297

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

LANG1312

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Viet1 2020

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1277

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex18 (ISV),

UGRDFlex18 (All)

Course Coordinator: Hiroko Ohashi

Course Coordinator Phone: + 61 3 9925 3975

Course Coordinator Email: hiroko.ohashi@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37-5-40

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Japanese 5 or equivalent with coordinator approval.

It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete Japanese 6 and Japanese Language and Society, before taking this course for a smooth transition. Students who have reached an upper-intermediate level of language proficiency may be allowed to enrol following a placement test.

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.


Course Description

This is an advanced course that continues to further consolidate your Japanese language skills. You will develop your reading, writing, oral and aural comprehension skills in a wide range of personal, vocational and social settings. 

This course will extend your communicative competence and proficiency in Japanese. Emphasis will be placed on the further development of your oral and written skills in a wide range of vocational and social settings. You will continue to study different aspects of Japanese language and popular culture through a range of authentic written and multimedia materials. You will critically reflect on and debate contemporary issues from Japanese society.

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning and to build on your knowledge to a level where you can continue with further 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

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

  • 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.  

 


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

  1. Communicate increasingly fluently in both oral and written Japanese becoming skilled in the use of required kanji in a variety of vocational contexts. Topics will include application of respectful language in some formal work settings.
  2. Analyse and critique the use of the Japanese language in a diverse range of authentic spoken and written multimedia materials.
  3. Apply a wide range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and further demonstrate independent and autonomous learning.
  4. Analyse and debate some contemporary social, political and economic issues in Japan (e.g. the question of Japanese identity) in Japanese.

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 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