JAPN 3211 - Intermediate Japanese A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code JAPN 3211
    Course Intermediate Japanese A
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 1
    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 2212, JAPN 3202 & JAPN 3203
    Incompatible JAPN 2011
    Assessment tests, assignments, exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Midori Kagawa-Fox

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On 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.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The following textbooks are used:

    1) Minna no nihongo Chukyu I (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2008)
    2) Minna no Nihongo Chukyu I: Translation & Grammatical Notes (Tokyo: 3A Corporation, 2009)
    3) Minna no Nihongo Chukyu I: 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 Modes
    All 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 Summary
    Information available on enrolment.
  • Assessment

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    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
    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 Detail
    Participation 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.
    Information available on enrolment.
    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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