JAPN 1001 - Japanese IA

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2022

Japanese IA is designed for beginners with little or no previous knowledge of Japanese. This course is also ideal for those who wish to consolidate their basic knowledge of Kanji, vocabulary and grammar. The course offers instruction and practice in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, while introducing the basic grammar and vocabulary of modern Japanese as well as the basic writing system, hiragana, katakana and beginners kanji. In classes, emphasis will be placed on developing students' basic communication skills in both spoken and written Japanese to build a solid foundation at the beginner level. The aims of the course are: i) to enhance and consolidate the introductory grammar; ii) to expand knowledge and use of vocabulary in both conversational and written contexts; iii) to develop communication skills/strategies; iv) to become familiar with hiragana, katakana and basic kanji; v) to become efficient and independent language learners. Entry criteria for students with Year 12 SACE grades can be found at: https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/asian/study/language/

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code JAPN 1001
    Course Japanese IA
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites No assumed knowledge of Japanese is required. This course is for (total) beginners with little or no previous knowledge of Japanese.
    Assessment Weekly Online Quiz, Script (hiragana) & Vocabulary Test 1, Script (hiragana & Katakana) & Vocabulary Test 2, Mid-semester Test, Final Oral Test, Final Test
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Keiko Nakao

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    4 weeks from 27 June to 22 July 2022
    4 hours per day x 4 days per week x 4 weeks= 64 hours of face-to-face contact

    Japanese 1A is a 4-week Intensive Japanese beginners course. Students are required to attend 4 hours (One 2-hour lecture and One 2-hour tutorial) per day, on 4 days (Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri) per week for 4 weeks.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Enhance and consolidate the introductory grammar and expand knowledge
    and use of vocabulary in both conversational and written context
    2 Become familiar with hiragana, katakana and basic kanji
    3 Develop communication skill/strategies
    4 Develop the skills required for collaborative work with peers
    5 Become efficient and independent language learners
    6 Equip students with skills to use online sources for Japanese language studies
    7 Develop an understanding of and respect for cultural difference and diversity combined
    with a knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in intercultural
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    1. Sugu kakeru! Kirei ni kakeru! Hiragana Katakana Renshuu nooto(Tokyo: Aruku, 2014)

    2. Minna no Nihongo Shokyū I:Honsatsu (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)

    3. Minna no Nihongo Shokyū I:Translation & Grammatical Notes (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)

    4.Minna no Nihongo Shokyū I:Kanji (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)

    5. Minna no Nihongo Shokyū I:Hyoojun-mondai-shuu (Exercises) (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)

    6. Minna no Nihongo Shokyū I:Kaite Oboeru Bunkei Renshucho(Sentence Pattern Workbook I) (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)

    The above books are sold at Books Kinokuniya WebStore https://australia.kinokuniya.com/.

    Recommended Resources
    At this beginner level, a dictionary is not an essential item since the vocabulary and kanji that students need to learn are listed in Translation & Grammatical Notes and the Kanji book. There may be cases, however, when students feel the need to look elsewhere for other words and grammatical points for the assignments and their independent study. The following reference books are useful for study outside classroom at this course level.

    Essential Kanji – 2,000 basic Japanese characters, 1987, O’Neill, P.G., New
    York: Weatherhill.

    A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, 1989, Makino, S. & Tsutsui,
    M., Tokyo: Japan Times.

    In addition, many useful online Japanese-learning sites, including online dictionary/translation sites are also available on the Internet – a list of useful Japanese learning web-links can be found under the ‘e-learning links’ tab on MyUni.

    Online Learning
    The couse will utilise several e-learning learning resources via the MyUni platform and students will be given a practical session using such resources.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The Japanese 1A Winter School is a 4-week Intensive Japanese beginners course.

    Students are required to attend a total of 64 contact hours [One 2-hour lecture and One 2-hour tutorial per day, on 4 days (Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri) per week for 4 weeks] and complete a total of 92 hours of independent study comprising of:
    1. Six hours hiragana/katakana/kanji study per week - 24 hours per semester
    2. Four hours vocabulary study per week - 16 hours per semester
    3. Four hours language practice per week - 16 hours per semester
    4. Nine hours preview/review of each class & tests/assessments preparation per week - 36 hours per semester
    156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Weekly Schedule will be provided via MyUni in advance for this intensive Japanese language course.
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task weighting task type Learning Outcome
    Assignments x2 10% Formative  1,2,3,5,6,7
    Test 1 15% Formative and summative 1,2,3,5,6,7
    Test 2 30% Formative and summative 1,2,3,5,6,7
    Final Oral Test 10% Summative 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
    Final Test 35% Summative 1,2,3,5,6,7
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment information will be provided in class and also via MyUni announcement in advance.

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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