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 2024

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 LANG1419/LANG1256 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

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 both oral and written Japanese with fluently and confidently 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. Critically 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. Research and critically discuss aspects of the Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language.
  6. Analyse and critically 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

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 (including a language and cultural component of 1000-1200 words in English) CLO 1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, 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.