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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Japanese Studies


Ms Fusako Ota



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit requires a language entry level testlanguage entry level test (http://www.monash.edu/arts/language-entry-level/).


This is the second part of a sequence in intermediate Japanese. This unit aims to enhance students' knowledge about Japan and consolidate and further develop their interactive skills in spoken and written Japanese. The unit also aims to enhance students' intercultural awareness and ability to conduct independent research.


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

  1. Understand simple dialogues and monologues on familiar topics with an expanding range of expressions, including expressions of politeness (keigo).
  2. Read and understand simply written texts in an expanding range of genres including polite letters, personal diaries and fictional narratives, with some assistance.
  3. Interact in common casual and formal contexts, using forms practiced in class including keigo; explain personal experiences using forms such as passive, causative, and conditional clauses.
  4. Write an essay using a range of Japanese sources and a wider range of vocabulary, sentence patterns and kanji with some guidance.
  5. Recognise and write approx. 90 new kanji (317 kanji in total by the end of this unit).
  6. Further demonstrate knowledge of a range of aspects related to Japanese society and culture.
  7. Demonstrate intercultural skills which include awareness of and sensitivity to cultural differences and similarities through comparison and reflection on students' own cultures and societies
  8. Further develop independent research skills to find relevant information about an essay topic; organise, synthesise and analyse the information and communicate it in written and oral 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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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS2143 or equivalent