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JAL4210 - Issues in Japanese Language Education

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Faculty of Arts


Not offered in 2008


Whereas JAL4530 provides a broad introduction to theoretical and practical issues in the teaching and acquisition of Asian Languages, this unit concentrates on more specialized and practical aspects important in Japanese language education. The broad aim of this unit includes developing understanding of the major issues and research associated with teaching and learning Japanese as a foreign/second language.


At the end of successfully working through this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the importance of research in relation to teaching and learning Japanese as a foreign/second language; and

  1. understand the contexts of teaching Japanese and major issues, including:

Primary, secondary and tertiary education in Australia;

Teaching Japanese as a foreign/second language in Japan and other countries;

Japanese as an 'international language';

Language policy and foreign language education;

Language and culture; and

Intercultural communication


1.Oral presentation (2,000 words): 20%;

2.Project (3,500 words): 40%;

3.Essay (3,500 words): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours per week



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