JAPN 3201 - Japanese IIIA
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code JAPN 3201 Course Japanese IIIA Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Prerequisites JAPN 2002 or JAPN 2202 or JAPN 1012 Incompatible JAPN 3001 Course Description Japanese IIIA continues instruction and practice in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking to further develop students' Japanese language competence at the higher elementary level. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on enhancing students' communication skills in both spoken and written Japanese to consolidate a solid foundation at the higher elementary level. The aims of the course are:
i) to build and consolidate the higher elementary grammar;
ii) to expand knowledge and use of vocabulary in both conversational and written contexts;
iii) to develop communication skills/strategies;
iv) to develop reading and writing skills using a substantial number of characters and their combinations;
v) to become efficient and independent language learners.
Entry courses for students with Year 12 NEW SACE grades:
1) Beginners Japanese graduates
Japanese IA (All graduates)
Japanese IB (Graduates with A+ and A)*
2) Continuers Japanese graduates
Japanese IA (Graduates with B- or below)
Japanese IB (Graduates with B-)*
Japanese IIA (Graduates with A-, B+ and B)
Japanese IIB (Graduates with A-)*
Japanese IIIA (Graduates with A+ and A)
*subject to course advisor's approval
Course Coordinator: Ms Kayoko Enomoto
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt 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 higher elementary level. 2 Improve Japanese communication skills and strategies developed at a higher 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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3, 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6, 7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6,7
a) Minna no Nihongo II (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 1998)
b) Minna no Nihongo II: Translation & Grammatical Notes (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 1998)
c) Minna no Nihongo II: Kanji II (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2000)
d) Minna no Nihongo II: Hyoojun-mondai-shuu (Exercises) (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 1999)
The above books are sold as “Minna no Nihongo Pack 2” at UniBooks on North Terrace Campus.
e) Japanese IIIA Supplementary Booklet - This booklet is available for online purchase from the Image and Copy Centre (located on Level 1 of Hughes Building).
Recommended ResourcesMany useful online Japanese-learning sites, including online dictionary/translation sites are available on the Web – a list of useful web-links can be found under the ‘external web links’ tab on MyUni. The following dictionaries or similar are also useful for learning kanji, preparing for the written and oral tests and the writing assignment:
- Essential Kanji- 2,000 basic Japanese characters, 1987, O’Neil, P.G., New York: Weatherhill
- New Collegiate Japanese English Dictionary (Kenkyusha)
- The New Crown English Japanese Dictionary (Sanseido)
- A Dictionary of Elementary Japanese Grammar, 1995, Makino, S & Tsutsumi, M, Tokyo: Japan Times
Online LearningThe course will utilise several online learning resources via the MyUni platform and students will be given a practical session using such resources.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents have 4 contact hours per week in this course: 2 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial.
In the lecture, we will introduce new grammar points whilst enabling students to practise such grammar points in pairs and/or in small groups. This is followed by conversation video viewing, dictation skills and listening comprehension practice. In the tutorial, students wil 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.
1 x 2-hour lecture per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 2-hour tutorial per week 24 hours per semester 3 hours per week - learning new Kanji and vocabulary 36 hours per semester 3 hours per week - completing grammar exercises in the textbooks 36 hours per semester 1 hour per week - language practice using audio materials and online learning resources 12 hours per semester 2 hours per week - review, preview and test/assignment preparation 24 hours per semester Total 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Chapter 31 Week 2 Chapter 32 Week 3 Chapter 33 Week 4 Review & Test 1 Week 5 Chapter 34 Week 6 Chapter 35 Week 7 Review & Test 2 Week 8 Chapter 36 Week 9 Chapter 37 Week 10 Chapter 38 Week 11 Review & Listening Test Week 12 Review & Oral Examination
Specific Course RequirementsSuccess 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 audio-visual materials available in the computer rooms (Napier 106 & 107) and online learning tools and resources available on MyUni.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThrough the reading & writing assignment, students will work in small groups both in a computer room and in a virtual learning space using the MyUni platform.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Test 1 Formative and summative 10% 1,2,4,6,7 Test 2 Formative and Summative 25% 1,2,4,6,7 Listening Test Formative and summative 10% 1,2,4,6,7 Reading & Writing Assignment Formative and summative 5% 1,2,3,4,5 Oral Examination Summative 10% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Written Examination Summative 40% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Assessment DetailTest 1: Test 1 assesses students' knowledge and use of kanji characters, vocabulary and grammar covered up to Week 3 - 10% weighting.
Test 2: Test 2 assesses students' knowledge and use of kanji characters, vocabulary and grammar covered up to Week 6- 25% weighting.
Reading & Writing Assignment: students are required to submit a written assignment of 500-600 Japanese characters and the content and process of such a written assignment involves reading Japanese texts - 5% weighting.
Listening Test: Listening test assesses students' dictation and listening comprehension skills in relation to the course content covered up to Week 11 - 10% weighting.
Oral Examination: Students are required to speak about a given topic/s in Japanese - 10% weighting.
Written Examination: Final written examination assesses students' knowledge and use of kanji characters, vocabulary and grammar covered up to Week 12 - 40% weighting.
SubmissionStudents must submit their assignments electronically through Turnitin, which will be explained in one of the computer room sessions.
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
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