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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Masato Takimoto


Previously coded JPL1090


Conducted entirely in Japanese, the unit offers an advanced level of spoken and written Japanese, designed to bring the student closer to semi-native competence, through studying Japanese popular cultural forms. Language activities include reading a variety of text genres, including academic texts, learning advanced modes of expression and kanji, writing summaries and essays in Japanese, translation, debates and discussions, and conversation with Japanese visitors. Students will develop IT and computer skills in a Japanese context, including wordprocessing, working with Japanese Internet sites, using on-line glossaries and making a powerpoint presentation in Japanese.


After successfully completing this unit, students will have further developed towards an advanced, semi-native level :

  1. Their ability to use spoken Japanese to discuss and debate issues.
  2. Their ability to give a sustained and coherent oral presentation (supported by powerpoint) on a popular culture related topic.
  3. Their ability to comprehend spoken Japanese in the context of lecture presentations and authentic audio and audiovisual popular cultural documents.
  4. Their ability to read print and on-line texts using on-line glossaries and dictionaries, including both rapid reading for comprehension and detailed analytical reading.
  5. Their ability to write in Japanese, with particular reference to the skills of summary, synthesis and argument, in an essay related to popular culture.
  6. Their IT and computer skills in a Japanese context, including wordprocessing, searching Japanese databases for information, analyzing and interpreting Japanese web pages, and doing a powerpoint presentation in Japanese.


Tests and Examination: 65%
On-going assessment: 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Masato Takimoto

Contact hours

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Japanese 8 or equivalent


ATS2149, ATS3149, ATS4149, APG4149, APG5149