Faculty of Arts

Monash University

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 First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Miss Maki Yoshida


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 is the first part of a sequence in upper intermediate Japanese. This unit covers both spoken language and contemporary written language and aims to enhance student's knowledge about Japan and the different varieties of the language. The unit also aims to develop student's study skills and intercultural competence.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand simple conversations or monologues on topics covered in class;
  2. Demonstrate their ability to keep listening even when they encounter unfamiliar vocabulary and grammar;
  3. Read texts (approx. 1500 characters) written for upper intermediate level of students with the assistance of dictionaries;
  4. Use online language resources effectively;
  5. Become more aware of different varieties of Japanese language and use appropriate speech styles according to context;
  6. Use communication strategies and communicate more naturally;
  7. Discuss various topics related to Japan if they prepare beforehand;
  8. Write a short essay (800-1000 characters) under exam conditions on a topic which they have researched;
  9. Reinforce their knowledge of kanji acquired so far (approx 300 kanji) and develop their knowledge of additional 150 new kanji (including appox 70 for recognition only).


Within semester assessment: 70%
Exam: 30%

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


Japanese Intermediate 2 or equivalent