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
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou


Previously coded JPS3530


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.


Written work: 60% (3000 words)
Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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

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


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