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JPL3550 - Advanced Japanese Language: Language and Communication System

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Jun Yano


Not offered in 2007


The aim of this subject is to provide students with opportunities to develop a better understanding of the Japanese language system including grammar; morphology, lexicology, syntax and semantics through reading, discussion, activities (including error analysis) and exercises. This subject also deals with language diversity in society, including issues such as honorifics, male and female language, dialects and different styles related to communication mode; face to face, telephone, email, letter, etc.


On completion of this unit, students should:

  1. Have consolidated and improved their knowledge of linguistic aspects of Japanese, including morphology, lexicology, syntax and semantics.
  2. Have improved their ability in speaking and comprehension through informal and formal discussion in Japanese.
  3. Have further improved their reading ability of print and on-line texts using on-line glossaries and dictionaries.
  4. Have improved their ability to write in Japanese, with particular reference to the skills of note-taking, and of summary, synthesis and argument in weekly exercises and an essay on a topic related to Japanese grammar and communication system.
  5. Have further developed their communication skills by studying the diversity of the language such as honorifics, male and female languages, dialects and different styles and genres, and applying this knowledge to their communication.
  6. Be able to use style and form of language appropriate to the situation.
  7. Have further improved their IT and computer skills in a Japanese context, including wordprocessing and researching and recording information from Japanese databases.
  8. Have developed their ability to analyse their own language use.
  9. Have consolidated the kanji learnt in the previous levels and be able to recognize new kanji in daily use.
  10. Have developed skills that will enable them to continue their Japanese acquisition outside the classroom.


Written examination (2 hours): 35%
Oral Examination (equivalent to 1000 words): 20%
Regular class quizzes (equivalent to 500 words): 15%
Written exercises (equivalent to 800 words): 20%
Class performance: 10%

Contact hours

4 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 3 hours tutorials/seminars) per week


JPL3520 and JPL3540