Introduction to Japanese Communication

Subject JAPN20002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (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 and a 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


JAPN10002 Japanese 2 or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have sucessfully completed Japanese 5, 6, 7, 8, Japanese Grammar in Action, Reading Japanese Literature, Variation in Japanese Language and Japanese through the Media are not eligible to enrol. Se subject notes below.

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:


Dr Jun Ohashi



Subject Overview:

This subject aims to supplement core Japanese language subjects with key analytical tools and strategies. They should enable students to engage in interactions in Japanese effectively in achieving intended social and communicative goals. Students will be introduced to Japanese sound systems, key characteristics of conversational patters, and socio-culturally rigid as well as negotiable aspects of the language.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

be able to understand fluid and negotiable nature of interactions in Japanese and in one's first language;
be able to have a greater sensitivity in choice making in conversations;
be able to analyse Japanese conversational dialogues with the knowledge of aisatsu ritual and other conversational routines, politeness, and ellipses;
be able to conduct everyday conversations and manage classroom communication in Japanese with greater sociology-cultural awareness;
be able to present opinions in both spoken and written forms;
be able to reflect on their first language and culture from intercultural perspectives;
be able to understand and analyse Japanese discourse in relation to speaker intention;
be able to appreciate some of the great Japanese literary works.

  • Written/oral work totaling 2500 words 60% (due throughout the semester)
  • A 2-hour final examination 40% (due during the examination period)

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 80% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Materials supplied by the Asia Institute.

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

This subject is for students completing a major or diploma in Japanese and it is recommended that it be taken concurrently with Japanese 4.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts - Japanese

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