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Japanese 5 (JPN203)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description As a continuation of JPN202 Japanese 4, this unit aims to augment students' intermediate communication skills in both spoken and written Japanese, and to build further socio-cultural competence. In the context of various topics relevant to university life and broader contemporary social issues in Japan, it introduces such complex verb forms as the passive, causative, and imperative; and builds students' ability to express such elements as cause, purpose and conjecture; and how things appear to be.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of the unit, students will have achieved:
1. Mastery of Japanese grammatical forms including transitive/intransitive verbs, imperative forms, passive forms, causative forms, and conditional expressions, therefore almost completing coverage of the fundamentals of Japanese grammar.
2. Expanded knowledge of kanji and vocabulary, moving towards the intermediate level.
3. Familiarity with current issues surrounding Japanese university students and in Japanese society in general.
4. Ability to express their opinions on those issues in Japanese, in speech and in writing.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 x 1 hour workshops per week; assessment class: 0.5 - 1 hour every second week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of structured timetabled learning in 3.5 hours of language classes per week, employing a communication-oriented oral/aural approach; and 6.5 hours of self-directed tasks as an essential reinforcement of classroom activities, including doing regular set homework; practising reading and writing Japanese characters and texts; listening to authentic Japanese speakers on LMS and other digital media; and completing assignments.
Assessment To monitor and assess each student's development in the four skills of Japanese language, namely, speaking, listening, reading and writing, this unit sets the following assessment tasks: 3 mid-semester tests covering grammar and themes learned in class (each worth 10%); 3 small quizzes for kanji and vocabulary (each worth 3%); written assignment demonstrating ability to research and compose an essay in Japanese (10%); oral examination discussing a variety of topics using learnt grammar and vocabulary (10%); aural examination (7%); written examination (25%); and regular class performance (9%).
Prerequisites Successful completion of JPN202 Japanese 4 or equivalent level of competency as assessed by the Unit Coordinator.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Japanese (BA)
Japanese (BA) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Japanese
Appears in these Minors Teaching Japanese in Primary Schools
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Takeshi Moriyama
Senior Lecturer Japanese

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6255
e: T.Moriyama@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.066 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Takeshi Moriyama
Senior Lecturer Japanese

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6255
e: T.Moriyama@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.066 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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