Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJapanese Studies
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Shani Tobias; Dr Robyn Spence-Brown


The unit requires a language placement test. For further information go to http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/japanese/what-level-of-japanese-should-i-enrol-in/


This unit aims to develop knowledge, strategies and skills needed to interact in Japanese in practical contexts in Australia and Japan and also aims to extend linguistic, sociolinguistic and sociocultural knowledge to develop cross-cultural awareness and facilitate effective interaction.


Upon completing Japanese Introductory 2, students will be able to:

  1. understand basic conversations about familiar topics and simple classroom instructions.
  2. understand short texts written using basic vocabulary and grammar practiced in class.
  3. demonstrate a knowledge about casual speech and writing styles, such as diaries and emails to friends.
  4. talk about familiar topics using vocabulary and expressions learned in class.
  5. talk about their experiences and schedule in more detail, based on routines practiced in class.
  6. write about personal and familiar topics using vocabulary and grammar practiced in class
  7. write/type 150 kanji, including approximately 90 new kanji.
  8. further develop basic knowledge of some aspects of Japanese society and culture.
  9. apply basic research skills to find relevant information about given opics, organise, synthesise and analyse the information and communiate it in written form.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


ATS2141 or equivalent


Students enrolled in Arts courses are prohibited from taking this unit. In addition, students taking this unit are excluded from taking ATS1142.