Course Title: Japanese - Level 2

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: LANG5729

Course Title: Japanese - Level 2

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C2202 - Certificate II in Japanese

Course Contact : Hiroko Ohashi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3975

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 180

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Certificate I in Japanese, up to 180 hrs prior study, or equivalent. The ability to read and write the hiragana and katakana scripts and 90 basic kanji characters is essential.

Course Description

This course makes up the year long Certificate II in 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. Your knowledge of basic 90 kanji will be consolidated with further teaching of approximately 120 new kanji characters. You will be able to speak and understand Japanese in a predictable range range of workplace and everyday situations. Practical knowledge of the culture, in a wide range of personal and social situations and context will be introduced. Practical and communicative student-centered 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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LOTE967 Japanese - Level 2

Learning Outcomes

1. Participate in a casual conversation on a familiar topic including past, present, and
future events
2. Conduct routine spoken transactions
3. Identify specific information in short oral texts
4. Write a short recount which includes a description
5. Identify specific information in a short written text

Details of Learning Activities

Class time is devoted to a variety of activities at introducing, drilling, learning experiences practising, consolidating and developing aspects of language which are
then available for you to use communicatively. This process includes presentation of new language through explanation, on-line and audio material and text; mechanical oral and written exercises and drills, leading to creative oral and written tasks, aim to give you practice in adapting and using the introduced language for your own communicative purposes.

Much of the rote learning work necessary to language learning is assigned as homework. Your active participation in the course, by means of regular preparation of class topics and revision, wider reading about the country and culture, and seeking out own opportunities to practise, is necessary if successful learning is to take place.

Classes provide most of the limited opportunities you have to use newly-learnt language. Attendance at all classes is therefore essential.
Feedback on the balance and focus of the subject from you is welcome. Students and staff meet to consult once in the semester and Course Experience Questionnaires can be accessed around week 10 in each semester

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule for full time class only

W8  L 8     Kanji test L7(CERT I)
                 Writing Task (Not to be Assessed)

W9  L 9     Kanji test L8

W10L 10   Kanji test L9

                 Listening test

W11 L 11   Kanji test L10
                 Oral Task 3

W12 L 12  Kanji test L11
W13 L 13  Kanji test L12
                 Writing Task
                 Lesson 9-1 2 Revision quiz

W14           Revision
W15           Exam


*The above program is subject to change.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Text(s) &Workbook(s) Banno, E et al. (1999) Genki – An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese
I & II


Hendry, J., Understanding Japanese society New York : Routledge, 2003.

Mouer, R. and Kawanishi H.. A sociology of work in Japan New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Martinez., D. P. (ed.) Modern Japanese culture and society London : Routledge, 2007.

Nathan., J., Japan unbound : a volatile nation’s quest for pride and purpose Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

Other Resources


ESSENTIAL Genki website (offers additional useful materials to use including self-study materials and related links:

RMIT Learning Hub/Blackboard. You are enrolled in LANG 5486 Japanese 2 Class 2416

Listening practice:

Dictation quizzes for Japanese speech:

Japan-related activities in Melbourne :


Japan Insight:

Japan’s Official Site:

Bookshop specialising in Japanese language texts:

Updates on scholarships/events:

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.

Assessment Tasks

The final semester result is obtained by combining the results of all progressive assessment tasks with the semester examination marks.
Your comprehensive Japanese language competency will be assessed
incorporating the outcomes stated above.

Progressive assessment 50%
Regular tasks conducted throughout the semester, including

*Oral tasks (LO1)10%
These tasks assess your spoken ability and may consist of role plays, short interviews, and oral presentations.
*Listening tasks (LO3)10%
These assess your listening and will be conducted in forms of filling-in gaps; making right/wrong choices and fill in the blank
*Script tests & Writing Task (LO 4) 20%
(Kanji test 3% x 5 + Writing Task 5%)
These tests and task assess your reading and writing ability of the scripts
*Revision quizzes(LO 4/5)10%
These assess your reading and written work as well as grammar functions

Semester examinations50%
Written examination (LO2/4/5)
This may includes;20%
*reading comprehension
*cloze exercise
*set phrases
*writing (in Japanese scripts)

Oral/aural examination(LO1/2) /(LO3)15% x 2
*guided conversations or role plays or interview
*2 or 3 listening comprehension exercises

Examinations are held in normal class times in week 15.


Learning Outcome 1

Discourse strategies to open, close, change topics
Seek clarification and feedback confirm
Appropriate and adequate vocabulary
Grammatical structures/Language Functions
Pronunciation & Fluency
Ask and answers questions appropriately

Leaning Outcome 2

Initiates or responds to opening appropriately
Asks questions or provides information about the product or service
Clarifies, requests repetition or confirmation where needed
Uses mostly correct grammatical structures
Uses mostly correct pronunciation
Uses culturally appropriate politeness markers courtesy expressions and body language

Learning outcome 3

Uses relevant tenses or time markers some cohesive devices Consistent tense, use of time markers/cohesive devices
Constructs noun groups with appropriate adjectives
Uses a variety of vocabulary appropriate to set task
Presents information in a logical sequence and is relevant and adequate to the topic:Has an introduction, body and conclusion
Uses standard layout and writing conventions for task script/punctuation is written and used correctly
Appropriate length --ji
Uses a variety of appropriate grammatical/language functions
Relevant to the task, e.g. particular grammar functions and particle, word order

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) - The completion of this course will prepare you towards sitting Level N5 in the internationally recognised Japanese Language Proficiency Test. The Test is held yearly at RMIT on the first Sunday of December. More details from May in

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