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)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Naomi Kurata (Semester 1); Dr Robyn Spence-Brown (Semester 2)


Previously coded JPL2010


This unit aims to develop knowledge, strategies and skills to interact in Japanese in situations likely to be encountered in Australia and Japan and to establish a firm foundation of linguistic, sociolinguistic and sociocultural knowledge, which can be creatively applied in a variety of situations.


Upon completing Japanese 1, students should:

  1. Be able to participate in simple social conversations in Japanese.
  2. Possess basic 'survival' Japanese required for travelling in Japan.
  3. Be able to communicate in Japanese with teachers about their study.
  4. Be able to communicate basic information about themselves and family members.
  5. Have a basic knowledge of the Japanese writing system, including a knowledge of hiragana, some katakana and 25 kanji, and be able to use this knowledge to read and write in defined contexts.
  6. Have a basic knowledge of some aspects of Japanese geography, culture, society and economy.
  7. Be able to access the internet to obtain information on Japan and enhance their learning of the Japanese language.
  8. Have developed strategies for learning Japanese and have established a foundation for the continued study of both spoken and written Japanese.


Quizzes and assignments: 25%
Tests and examination: 75%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Naomi Kurata: Semester 1Dr Robyn Spence-Brown: Semester 2

Contact hours

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

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


Students enrolled in Arts courses are prohibited from taking this unit. In addition, students taking this unit are excluded from taking ATS1141, APG4141, APG5141.