Japanese 2

Subject JAPN10002 (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 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-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.


JAPN10001 Japanese 1. Otherwise, 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.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have successfully completed Japanese 1B 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 who have successfully completed Japanese 1 or those who have similar experience. In this subject, students will establish basic 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 around 100 new kanji characters. They will develop communication skills required to deal with giving and receiving information on people, places and events based on personal experiences. Students will also learn to engage in transactional activities such as requesting and offering, and responding to those. Students will develop literacy to communicate in Japanese effectively through basic narrative writing by recounting. 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:

incorporate around 100 new kanji characters into their existing pool of kanji knowledge;
be able to engage in simple social interaction and transactional activities;
start using basic relative clause structures and compound sentences;
be able to describe people and places associated with self in getting to know others;
understand weather reports and discuss weather in social encounters;
understand and value different cultures and learn form them;
be able to describe one's own and others'; health and wellbeing and follow instructions in Japanese;
have developed essential foundation of Japanese literacy through communicative activities.

  • 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
Generic Skills:


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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