Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJapanese Studies
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kuniko Yoshimitsu


Note: This unit is exclusively for high school students who participate in the Monash Extension Program.

This unit aims to consolidate and develop students' basic linguistic skills and socio-cultural knowledge in spoken and written Japanese at a pre-intermediate level. The focus is to develop students' interactive competence, including linguistic, socio-linguistic and socio-cultural knowledge. The unit also aims to develop students' intercultural skills.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should:

  1. have gained and developed fundamental linguistic skills (e.g. basic grammar, vocabulary) at this level which are necessary for any further study of Japanese;
  2. have gained basic social/cultural knowledge about Japan;
  3. have developed listening and speaking skills for daily conversation (e.g. about leisure, travel, study) and exchanging information in Japanese within defined situations;
  4. be able to obtain necessary information from a variety of written and spoken Japanese texts, genres and media including the internet, with some guidance;
  5. be able to recognize and write the kanji introduced at previous levels and approximately 150 newly introduced characters;
  6. be able to write about personal life (e.g. daily life, leisure, travel) using basic kanji;
  7. have developed intercultural skills which include awareness of and sensitivity to cultural differences (and similarities) through comparison and reflection on students' own cultures and societies;
  8. have enhanced awareness of language as a system, through comparison of linguistic features of Japanese and English (or other languages); and
  9. have developed skills that will enable them to continue their Japanese acquisition outside the classroom.


Tests and examination: 65%
On-going assessment (e.g. written project, quizzes, oral assessments): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

On-campus: 4 contact hours per week

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


VCE Unit 2 Japanese or equivalent


ATS2143, APG4143, APG5143