Course Title: Japanese 4

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4198

Course Title: Japanese 4

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 180.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng


Term1 2008,
Term2 2008,
Term1 2009,
Term2 2009,
Term1 2011,
Term2 2011

Course Contact: Ms. Barbara White

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5211

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course makes up the year long Certificate IV in Language (Japanese). Through closed and then open-ended learning activities you will establish a basis for development of communicative skills in the spoken and written language, emphasizing the former. Approximately 200 Kanji characters will be consolidated with a further 150 kanji characters to be introduced for reproduction and/or recognition. You will be able to speak and understand Japanese in a varied range of complex, everyday contexts.  Practical knowledge of the culture, in a wide range of personal and social situations and context will be introduced. Student-centred drilling, practical and communicative activities and tasks encourage you to be responsible for your own learning, to be creative and critical in your application of knowledge of the language to communication with people of a different cultural tradition, and to build on your knowledge and interest to a level where learning can continue in daily life.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Certificate III in Applied Language or VCE Japanese or up to 480  hrs prior study, or equivalent. The ability to read and write the hiragana and katakana scripts  and approximately 200 elementary kanji characters is essential.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

LOTE 397 Japanese 4

Learning Outcomes

  1. Negotiate an oral exchange to solve problems, explore issues or provide customer service
  2. Give an oral presentation
  3. Participate in a social or cultural event
  4. Listen and report on a sustained oral event
  5. Write work-related documents
  6. Read and understand complex work-related or general written texts 

Overview of Assessment

Your language skills will be assessed using speaking tasks, listening tasks, reading tasks, script tests and short written assignments. The final result is obtained by combining the results of all progressive assessment tasks (this includes class based tasks as well as tasks completed outside of class) with the mid-year and end-of-year examination. Both progressive assessment and exams cover the learning outcomes as described above.