JAPN 3203 - Japanese IIIB: Practical Japanese

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

The course is a complementary course for Japanese IIIB and, in order to facilitate students' progress from the higher elementary to the intermediate level, this course aims to extend students' language skills by using authentic Japanese language sources, including on-line materials. In this course, emphasis is placed on the application of students' language training developed so far, particularly in the areas of vocabulary, grammar and Kanji, to the retrieval of information on a selection of issues and topics. By the end of this course, students will be equipped with the necessary language skills and linguistic knowledge for accessing a variety of websites written in Japanese, using search engines, on-line dictionaries, translation tools and so forth. At the same time, emphasis is also placed on developing students' language skills to be able to scan, skim and critically analyse Japanese language texts available on-line, whilst searching for relevant information. In order to develop students' ability to form and express their own opinions using appropriate register in Japanese, a selection of Japanese texts on issues and topics related to Japan and certain aspects of language, use will be used as discussion materials.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code JAPN 3203
    Course Japanese IIIB: Practical Japanese
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites JAPN 3001 or JAPN 3201
    Incompatible JAPN 3002
    Assessment A combination of tests and assignments (100%)
    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 practical level, including the use of the respect form (keigo) in Japanese.
    2 Improve Japanese communication skills and strategies developed at a practical level, including the use of the respect form, 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    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 IIIB: Practical Japanese Supplementary Booklet - This booklet is available for online purchase from the Image and Copy Centre (located on Level 1 of Hughes Building).
    Recommended Resources
    Many 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 Learning
    The 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 Modes
    Students have 3 contact hours per week in this course: 1 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 1-hour lecture per week 12 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
    3 hours per week - review, preview and test/assignment preparation 36 hours per semester
    Total 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Chapter 47
    Week 2 Chapter 47 & Chapter 48
    Week 3 Chapter 48
    Week 4 Computer laboratory session & Test 1
    Week 5 Chapter 49
    Week 6 Chapter 49
    Week 7 Chapter 50
    Week 8 Chapter 50
    Week 9 Computer laboratory session & Test 2
    Week 10 Computer laboratory session
    Week 11 Final Oral Presentation
    Week 12 Final Listening Test & Final Written 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 all classes (3 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 Experience
    Through 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.
  • 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 Formative and Summative 15% 1,2,4,6,7
    Test 2 Formative and Summative 25% 1,2,4,6,7
    Reading & Writing Assignment Formative and summative 10% 1,2,3,4,5
    Final Listening Test Summative 10% 1,2,4,6,7
    Final Oral Presentation Summative 10% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
    Final Test Summative 30% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
    Assessment Detail
    Test 1: Test 1 assesses students' knowledge and use of kanji characters, vocabulary and grammar covered up to Week 3 - 15% weighting.

    Test 2: Test 2 assesses students' knowledge and use of kanji characters, vocabulary and grammar covered up to Week 8- 25% weighting.

    Reading & Writing Assignment: students are required to submit a written assignment of 1,000-1,200 Japanese characters and the content and process of such a written assignment involves reading Japanese texts - 10% weighting.

    Final Listening Test: Listening test assesses students' dictation and listening comprehension skills in relation to the course content covered up to Week 11 - 10% weighting.

    Final Oral Presentation: Students are required to speak about a given topic/s in Japanese - 10% weighting.

    Final Written Test: Final written test assesses students' knowledge and use of kanji characters, vocabulary and grammar covered up to Week 11 - 30% weighting.
    Students must submit their assignments electronically through Turnitin, which will be explained in one of the computer room sessions.
    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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