JAPN 1002 - Japanese IB

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

Japanese IB course continues instruction and practice in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, whilst enabling students to broaden and consolidate their basic knowledge of the Japanese language acquired in Japanese IA. In order to provide a solid foundation at the beginner level in both written and spoken Japanese, literacy skills will be emphasised to further develop towards the elementary level, and communication skills will be reinforced through aural-oral practice in classes. The basic aims of Japanese IB 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 new 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 1002
    Course Japanese IB
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites JAPN 1001
    Assessment Test 1, Test 2, Oral Test, Final Written Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Miwako Takasawa

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Enhance and consolidate the introductory grammar and expand knowledge and useof vocabulary in both conversational and written context
    2 Become more 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 languagestudies
    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. Minna no Nihongo Shokyū I:Honsatsu (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)
    2. Minna no Nihongo Shokyū I:Translation & Grammatical Notes (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)
    3.Minna no Nihongo Shokyū I:Kanji (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)
    4. Minna no Nihongo Shokyū I:Hyoojun-mondai-shuu (Exercises) (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)
    5. Minna no Nihongo Shokyū I:Kaite Oboeru Bunkei Renshucho(Sentence Pattern Workbook I) (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)
    6. Minna no Nihongo Shokyū I:Shokyu de Yomeru Topikku 25 (Reading Comprehension)  (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 course 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
    To create language compatible learning environments where students feel free to interact and contribute to the class we endeavour to use relevant situational material to construct ‘real’ example sentences in a variety of pair or group activities in Japanese IB.

    This approach allows us to provide real world communication situations while emphasising the relevance and the importance of learning new grammar and vocabulary in Japanese.

    Teaching props, guest visitors and audio visual teaching aids may be used to teach vocabulary and grammar. Focus is given to understandings of Japanese language, culture and intercultural relationships throughout the course. 


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

    1 x 2-hour lecture per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar per week 24 hours per semester
    4 hours - learning new Kanji and vocabulary per week 48 hours per semester
    3 hours - language practice using audio materials and
    online learning resources per week
    36 hours per semester
    2 hours - review, preview and test/assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    Total workload
    156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    This unit covers Chapter 6-13 and Kanji Unit 6-10.
    Specific Course Requirements

    Success in foreign language learning is a cumulative process and does require regular practice to consolidate your knowledge and to
    develop your language skills via face-to-face interactions. Therefore, it is naturally expected that you attend all classes (4 hours/week) and
    participate in a variety of language learning activities in class.

    Students are also strongly encouraged to use online learning tools and resources available on MyUni.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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 Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Test 1: Grammar & Vocab Chapters 6-9, Kanji Units 6&7 Formative and summative 20% 1,2,3,5,6,7
    Test 2: Grammar & Vocab Chapters 6-11, Kanji Units 6-9 Formative and Summative 25% 1,2,3,5,6,7
    Oral Exam Formative and Summative 15% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
    Final Writen Exam:Grammar & Vocab Chapters 6-13, Kanji Units 6-10 Summative 40% 1,2,3,5,6,7
    Assessment Detail
    Further information will be provided on MyUni
    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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