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JPS3530 - Japanese Language Acquisition and Use

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Robyn Spence-Brown


Not offered in 2007


The first part of the unit focuses on basic aspects of the Japanese language and system of communication, particularly as they relate to intercultural communication. Topics covered will include computers and the Japanese script, code switching and borrowing, variation, and intercultural communication. The second part examines the nature of communicative competence in Japanese and introduces some theories about how a second language is learned and how teaching and learning can be optimised.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Be able to display a basic, critical understanding of some issues related to the acquisition and use of Japanese language.
  2. Be able to relate these issues to their own experiences in learning languages and using Japanese.
  3. Be able to employ general academic skills (in library research, critical thinking, oral and written communication).
  4. Have a foundation for undertaking further studies in Japanese linguistics and sociolinguistics.


Essay (2000 words): 40%
Examination (1.5 hours): 40%
Short assignment (total 1000 words): 20%
Third-year students will be expected to complete work that reflects a more sophisticated understanding of the Japanese language or of other areas of Japanese studies.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


A second-year Japanese studies unit or Japanese language sequence or equivalent.