Japanese 1B

Subject JAPN20017 (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 2, 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and three hours of language classes per week
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week , 6 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Japanese 1A or equivalent.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements: None.


Dr Etsuko Toyoda


Dr Etsuko Toyoda


Subject Overview:

This is a beginners" post-introductory Japanese subject. This subject enhances skills that enable students to communicate in Japanese and to manage daily life in Japan. Further basic Japanese sentence patterns, vocabulary and expressions are introduced, as well as another 100 basic kanji (Chinese characters). This subject also includes various aspects of Japanese culture that are relevant to effective communication.

  • should comprehend and be able to conduct basic daily conversation in Japanese.
  • be able to read and write a short Japanese essay using hiragana and katakana and basic kanji.
  • further 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.
  • acquire cognitive skills to handle two different language systems to express their opinions.
  • develop awareness and sensitivity to appreciate different culture and people.
Notes: New students with prior experience with the language may not enrol unless they have taken a placement test in the week preceding the first week of semester. Available at level one for Beginners stream students only.

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