JAPN 3211 - Intermediate Japanese A
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code JAPN 3211 Course Intermediate Japanese A Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites JAPN 2212, JAPN 3202 & JAPN 3203 Incompatible JAPN 2011 Course Description This course aims to develop students' Japanese language competence at the (lower) intermediate level. A substantial number of vocabulary, kanji and grammar points at the intermediate level are introduced using function-based textbooks, whilst enabling students to review and integrate their prior knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. This course also offers practical communication practice to build students' ability to converse and discuss on a wide range of topics. At the same time, strong emphasis is placed on developing reading and writing skills using practical materials used for different functions and situations in Japanese.
Course Coordinator: Dr Shoko Yoneyama
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will:
1 have knowledge and understanding of Japanese at an intermediate level (e.g. grammar, vocabulary, kanji) 2 have linguistic skills of Japanese at an intermediate level, in all four areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. 3 be able to locate and use Japanese materials on the Internet, to conduct basic research on various aspects of Japan 4 develop skills in communicating in Japanese in a culturally appropriate manner in a variety of situations including business and professional contexts. 5 be proficient in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies in research, writing, communication and presentation. 6 develop qualities to become autonomous, critical and creative thinkers, able to work as professionals in relevant fields relating to Japan, using the knowledge and skills listed above.
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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 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-6
Required ResourcesThe following textbooks are used:
1) Minna no nihongo Chukyu I (みんなの日本語中級I )(Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2008)
2) Minna no Nihongo Chukyu I: Translation & Grammatical Notes (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2009)
3) Minna no Nihongo Chukyu 1: Mondaishu (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2012)
The above set of textbooks are available at UniBooks.
Copies of these textbooks are available at the Barr Smith (University) Library.
Lecture recordings: Please note that lectures will not be recorded.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesAll classes will involve interactive teaching and learning. There will be two parts:
• Textbook-based structured learning where students can learn essential vocabulary, kanji, grammar and conversation skills in a systematic manner;
• Student-centred and small group learning where students are engaged in small-scale research on a topic relevant to the reading material provided.
The small group discussions will enable students to share information and ideas in Japanese.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 4 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester 4 hours practice per week 48 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryInformation available on enrolment.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Participation and research journal Formative and Summative 20% 1-6 Vocabulary and grammar tests Formative and Summative 20% 1-6 Group research presentation Formative and Summative 20% 1-6 Conversation test Summative 10% 1-6 Exam Summative 30% 1-6
Assessment DetailParticipation and research journal (20%): Student participation and interaction in the classes will be included in the assessment and is essential. Progress of the hard copy research journal will also be assessed.
Kanji, Vocabulary & Grammar Tests (20%): These are designed to help students to keep up with the learning of vocabulary, kanji and grammar.
Conversation Test (20%): This is to assess students’ ability to communicate verbally based on vocabulary, expressions and grammar points learned in Lessons 1-5, and in particular, the conversation section of the textbook. The test will conducted with 2 students who speak for 2 minutes each.
Research Presentation (10%): Students are required to do a presentation in groups of 2-3 based on a research topic they have selected in consultation with the lecturer. Mode of delivery can be face to face in the class (using PowerPoint) or online through a pre-recorded video.
Exam (30%): The 2-hour exam will cover all aspects of the course.
SubmissionInformation available on enrolment.
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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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