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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Japanese Studies


Dr Naomi Kurata



  • 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 upper intermediate Japanese. This unit covers both spoken language and contemporary written language and aims to enhance students' knowledge about Japanese modern and traditional culture. The unit also aims to develop students' research skills and intercultural competence.


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

  1. Understand conversations or monologues on topics covered in class;
  2. Develop their ability to understand different genres by activities such as watching videos on Japanese culture;
  3. Read texts

(approx. 2000 characters) on various topics about Japan with the assistance of dictionaries;

  1. Communicate in complex situations

(e.g. explaining troubles);

  1. Talk about broader topics about Japan with Japanese native speakers to enhance their knowledge about Japanese culture;
  2. Do a presentation on one of the topics studied in class, based on their own research;
  3. Write an essay

(1600 characters) on a topic related to Japan with the assistance of dictionaries and other language and content resources;

  1. Reinforce their knowledge of kanji acquired so far

(approx. 450 kanji) and develop their knowledge of additional 150 new kanji

(including approx. 90 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 Proficient 1 or equivalent


ATS1146, ATS2146