Course Title: Japanese 6

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese 6

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Ms. Maho Fukuno

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (03) 9925 0448

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37. Level 05. Room 41

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed Japanese 5 LANG1420/LANG1257 or completed at least 6 years of Japanese at Secondary school (Victoria Year 7-12) 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.  

If you have learnt Japanese outside RMIT, including self-study, you must contact the Course Coordinator or Program Manager  to be directed to suitable courses. Students who have had approximately 160 hours of Japanese tuition in another tertiary institution and have reached an equivalent level of proficiency may be allowed to enrol in the course

Course Description

This course develops communicative competence and aims to consolidate your Japanese language skills. You will develop your reading, writing, oral and aural comprehension skills in a wide range of personal and social settings.

This course will assist you to develop advanced skills in oral and written communication skills through Japanese language for vocational and professional needs. You will critically reflect on contemporary Japanese society, literature and language use, and consider the relationships between behaviour and language.

Classes are taught in Japanese.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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, while being aware of various verbs forms and differences in register.
  2. Read and write a range of extended and varied passages in these contexts incorporating approximately 320 basic kanji.
  3. 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.
  4. Understand and analyse Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language. 
  5. 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.

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 introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties, which may arise in cross-cultural communication.

If possible, 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

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. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

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

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 (PGRD)

Assessment Task 1: Progressive Assessments 50%

- Written tasks: CLO1, CL02, CL03, CL04, CL05

- Communication tasks (e.g. presentation and discussion): CLO1, CL02, CL03, CL04

- In-class and/or take-home quizzes and short answer tasks CLO1, CL02

Assessment Task 2: Final Assessment 50%

- Written and/or communication tasks (e.g. presentations, discussions, interviews): CLO1, CL02, CL03, CL04, CL05

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.