JAPN 2201 - Japanese IIA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

Japanese IIA is designed to develop knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary and kanji introduced at the lower elementary level, whilst offering instruction and practice in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on developing students' communication skills in both spoken and written Japanese to consolidate a solid foundation at the lower elementary level. The aims of the course are: i) to develop and consolidate the lower elementary 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 characters and their combinations; 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 2201
    Course Japanese IIA
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 1
    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 1002
    Incompatible JAPN 2001
    Assessment Test 1 (including Listening Section), Test 2 (including Listening Section), Oral Assessment/s, Final Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kayoko Enomoto

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Acquire knowledge and use of Japanese grammar, vocabulary and kanji characters developed at a lower elementary level.
    2 Improve Japanese communication skills and strategies developed at a lower elementary level in both written and conversational contexts.
    3 Develop basic skills to locate, evaluate and use online resources for studying Japanese language independently
    4 Practise time management skills following strict timelines for regular practice and continuous assessments
    5 Develop interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with peers through communication in both Japanese and English
    6 Be more aware of different ways of seeing the world through Japanese language learning
    7 Be more aware of cultural respect, differences and diversity and will have more knowledge and understanding of the issues involving intercultural communication
    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 Shokyu I:Honsatsu (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)
    2. Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I:Translation & Grammatical Notes (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)
    3. Minna no Nihongo Shokyu„ I:Kanji (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)
    4. Minna no Nihongo Shokyu„ I:Hyoojun-mondai-shuu (Exercises) (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)
    5. Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I:Kaite Oboeru Bunkei Renshucho(Sentence Pattern Workbook I) (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)
    6. Minna no Nihongo Shokyu„ I:Shokyu de Yomeru Topikku 25 (Reading Comprehension) (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2nd edition)

    Recommended Resources
    At this lower elementary 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 Elementary Japanese Grammar, 1995, Makino, S. & Tsutsumi, M., Tokyo: Japan Times.

    In addition, many useful online Japanese-learning sites, including online learning tools/dictionary/translation sites are also available – a list of useful Japanese learning web-links can be found under the ‘external web links’ tab on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    The couse will utilise various online learning resources via the MyUni platform.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    JAPN2201 has one 2-hour face-to-face lecture and one 2-hour face-to-face tutorial every week.

    In the lecture session, we will introduce new grammar points whilst enabling students to practise such grammar points. This is followed by listening comprehension and translation practice.

    In the tutorial session, students will consolidate the knowledge and skills introduced in the lecture through oral/aural practice. The tutorial class will also introduce new kanji characters for each chapter through reading and writing materials.

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

    Workload Total Hours
    1 x 2-hour lecture per week 24 hours per week
    1 x 2-hour face-to-face tutorial per week 24 hours per week
    2.5 hours - learning new Kanji and vocabulary per week 30 hours per week
    2.5 hours - completing grammar exercises in the textbooks per week 30 hours per week
    1 hour - language practice using audio materials and online learning resources per week 12 hours per week
    2.5 hours - review, preview and test/assignment preparation per week 30 hours per week
    Total 150 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Chapter 14
    Week 2 Chapter 15
    Week 3 Chapter 16
    Week 4 Chapter 17
    Week 5 Test 1
    Week 6 Chapter 18
    Week 7 Chapter 19
    Week 8 Chapter 20
    Week 9 Test 2
    Week 10 Chapter 21
    Week 11 Review
    Week 12 Oral Test
    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 tutorial classes and participate in a variety of language learning activities in class.

    Students are also strongly encouraged to use audio-visual materials and 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 (including  Listening Section) Formative and summative 25% 1-7
    Test 2 (including  Listening Section) Formative and summative 25% 1-7
    Oral Test Formative and summative 10% 1-7
    Final Written Exam Summative 40% 1-7

    Assessment Detail

    Test 1: assesses students' knowledge and use of kanji characters, vocabulary, grammar, and listening comprehension, covered up to Chapter 16 - 25% weighting.

    Test 2: assesses students' knowledge and use of kanji characters, vocabulary, grammar, and listening comprehension, covered up to Chapter 19- 25% weighting.

    Oral Test: Students are required to answer questions in Japanese and/or speak about a given topic/s in Japanese - 10% weighting in total.

    Final Written Exam:  assesses students' knowledge and use of kanji characters, vocabulary and grammar, covered up to Chapter 21 - 40% weighting.

    Students must submit their assignments electronically through Turnitin as appropriate.

    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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