Japanese 1A

Subject JAPN20015 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours of language classes per week (One 1-hour lecture, one 2-hour seminar and one 1-hour seminar).
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week , 4 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements: None.


Dr Etsuko Toyoda


Dr Etsuko Toyoda


Subject Overview:

This is the beginners introductory level subject. Its focus is to provide basic expressions to the students to enable them to survive and function day-to-day in Japan. Students will learn Japanese writing systems: hiragana and katakana syllabaries, and are introduced to up to 75 basic kanji (Chinese characters). Students are also introduced to aspects of Japanese culture.

  • comprehend Japanese conversation at survival level.
  • be able to read and write Japanese using hiragana and katakana and basic kanji.
  • develop understanding toward the culture and people.
Assessment: A 2-hour final examination 50% (due during examination period), 2 speaking tests of 10 minutes each 10% (mid and end-semester), listening test 10% (late in semester) and vocabulary / grammar quizzes 20% (throughout semester).
Prescribed Texts:
  • Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese (Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku) Student edition with online learning centre built-in card 3e, (McGraw-Hill, 2006)
Recommended Texts: None.
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:
  • acquire skills to manage time.
  • cognitive skills to handle two different language systems to express their opinions.
  • develop awareness and sensitivity to appreciate different culture and people.
Notes: Students who have had some prior experience with the language may not enrol unless they have taken a placement test in the week preceding the first week of semester. Students who have completed VCE level Japanese are not eligible to enrol in this subject. Available at level one for Beginners stream students only.

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