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Semester in Japan (I) (JPN311)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 12
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description An in-country study unit offered in conjunction with Murdoch's partner universities in Japan. The prime objective of this unit is to provide students with intensive Japanese language training and in-country experience which will enable them to participate in and observe Japanese society at first hand. As the first level of unit among Semester in Japan (I) to (IV), this unit should be taken in the first term of a student's exchange to Japan, normally after JPN203 Japanese 5.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1) Through a combination of classroom and experiential learning at the host university and in the Japanese community, students will develop Japanese language skills to the level of 'Intermediate (B1)' in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The level of proficiency is typically described as the learner being able to:
· understand the main points of clear, standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc;
· deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken;
· produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest; and
· describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

2) By immersing themselves in Japan with improved competency in the language, the students will also deepen their understanding of the structure and functioning of contemporary Japanese society. This will, in return, increase their awareness of their own cultural and linguistic background.
Timetabled Learning Activities Not at Murdoch, but all according to the schedule of the host university
Unit Learning Experiences The students attend Japanese language classes taught and assessed all in Japanese. Each class is small in size and has a specific focus on a learning area such as vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing or conversation. The students need to complete and submit homework, sit tests and perform activities regularly. Non-language units are normally conducted in a lecture style. Physical attendance and active involvement in learning activities are essential. There is little course delivery online. Semester examinations are also required to be undertaken in both language classes and non-language units.
Other Learning Experiences The students are encouraged to become involved in extra-curricular activities available at the host university. Japanese universities have a wide range of student clubs and 'circles' for sport, art, music and other cultural activities. Experience in teaching English or in other types of international communication is also on offer at many universities and in the local community. Interaction on such occasions help the student form and develop friendships with Japanese students and/or community members, enhancing their communication skills in Japanese and first-hand knowledge of Japan.
Assessment Murdoch has set minimum requirements for the partner universities' programs, and assesses each student's academic performance on an ungraded pass or fail basis in reference to the minimum requirements and each student's course results at their host universities. In addition to the assessment at the host university, the student is required to submit a report to Murdoch at the end of semester, reflecting their learning and experiences in Japan during the period of their exchange.
Prerequisites Requires permission of the Unit Coordinator and at least a credit average in Murdoch units. Host institutions have particular requirements for admission.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Japanese (BA)
Japanese (BA) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Japanese
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 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Takeshi Moriyama
Senior Lecturer Japanese

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6255
e: T.Moriyama@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.066 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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