Japanese 1

Subject JAPN10001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture, a 1.5-hour seminar and a 1.5-hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


All students enrolling in Japanese at The University of Melbourne for the first time are required to use the online placement test: https://edtech.le.unimelb.edu.au/login/lptjapanese/ . This applies to all students, including total beginners and those who have experience with the language, whether through formal study, such as VCE or equivalent, or informally through family or overseas travel. The results of the test are binding and enrolment can only be changed in consultation with the relevant course coordinator.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have successfully completed JAPN20015 Japanese 1A and JAPN30014 Japanese 1A are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Ikuko Nakane


Email: inakane@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject is designed for students with no Japanese learning background. Students will develop essential foundation of Japanese literacy in order to be able to engage in social events and situations in an appropriate manner, while drawing on their background knowledge in their first language. Students will be introduced to the two sets of Japanese syllabaries (hiragana and katakana) and around 60 kanji characters. Students will develop communication skills required to deal with initial social encounters (self-introduction and greetings), exchanging information on everyday life routines and surroundings, and activities in which they are likely to engage in establishing a new life in a foreign country (e.g. shopping, finding ways). Students will also develop skills to enable them to get by in everyday life in Japan. In addition, students will develop intercultural understanding through identification of common Japanese rituals and routines, reflecting on their own culture and comparing between them.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

be able to use hiragana and katakana syllabaries and around 60 kanji characters;
be able to use simple sentence structures to engage in casual conversation;
be able to introduce themselves appropriately in casual settings;
become familiar with instructions about location;
understand the genre of personal narrative of here and now;
understand similarities and differences in rituals and routines in initial social encounters from a cross-cultural perspective;
have developed contextual and cultural awareness for intercultural communication;
become sensitive and be aware of cultural values of others though intercultural communication;
to be able to use online learning tools effectively to aid autonomous study.

  • Written work in Japanese, 600 words due throughout semester (15%)
  • Two oral assessments, 800 words due mid-semester and end of semester (20%)
  • A cultural discovery project, 600 words due towards the end of semester (15%)
  • A 2 hour written examination due during examination period (50%)

Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Materials supplied by the Asia Institute and Genki Book 1 & Workbook (Eri Banno, Yoko Sakane-Ikeda, Kyoko Tokashiki, Kyoko Shinagawa and Yutaka Ono. Tokyo: Japan Times. 2011 edition)

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

New students will have their appropriate entry point determined by the Japanese Program, based on evidence of prior learning and/or results of a placement test as required. Placement Test information here.

Information on the Language Curriculum Reform is available here.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts - Japanese
Related Breadth Track(s): Japanese - Entry Point 1

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