Course Title: Japanese 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Hiroko Ohashi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3975

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37. Floor 5. Room 401

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 LANG1253/LANG1418 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. The 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

This course will complement the RMIT capabilities you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Communicate in oral Japanese effectively and confidently in a broad range of social and limited vocational contexts. 
  2. Read and write a range of extended passages in these contexts incorporating 190-220 basic kanji.
  3. Apply and analyse appropriate 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. Analyse and critically reflect on aspects of Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language.
  7. Critically reflect on and deepen your understanding of intercultural communication issues and challenges with reference to your own cultural values and social norms. 

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Progressive Assessments 50%
- Written tasks: CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7
- Communication tasks (e.g. presentation, discussion, 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, listening comprehension) with reflective writing tasks: 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