ATS3649 - Japanese language in action - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Japanese Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Satoshi Nambu


Dr Satoshi Nambu

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


One of

ATS2648 Contemporary Japan

ATS2653 Studies in Japanese interaction and language use,


Proficiency in Japanese equivalent to completion of ATS2143 Japanese intermediate 1, or higher.




The unit complements Japanese language learning by investigating everyday language use from a variety of analytical perspectives. Examining examples from a range of sources and contexts, students will explore how Japanese is structured, used, and affected by cognitive, social and cultural factors. Observation and analysis of actual language use will contribute to advancing language proficiency and understanding of Japanese language and culture. Language use will be examined through different lenses which may include: applied linguistics, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, interactional linguistics, corpus analysis, second language acquisition and sociolinguistics. Students will conduct small research projects employing different methods to examine and understand how language is used in daily interactions.


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

  1. observe and analyse Japanese language use;
  2. apply a range of theories and analytical methods to various aspects of Japanese communication, society and culture;
  3. relate observation and analysis of language practices to their own experiences and communication in Japanese;
  4. employ concepts and terminology used within different linguistic disciplines;
  5. design and implement an independent research project that includes: formulation of research questions, methodologies, data management and analysis.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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