Japanese 2A

Subject JAPN30015 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (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: A 1-hour lecture and three hours of language classes per week
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week , 4.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Japanese 1B or equivalent. New students with prior language experience may not enrol unless they have taken a placement test in the week preceding the first week of semester.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements: None.


Dr Ikuko Nakane


Dr Ikuko Nakane


Subject Overview:

This subject consolidates student's Japanese knowledge and enables communication on various everyday topics in Japanese. Various reading and listening materials are introduced to enhance student's communication skills on a range of topics. Students will learn a further 75 kanji (Chinese characters). Students are also introduced to various aspects of Japanese culture. Computer laboratory instruction will support the curriculum.

  • comprehend a variety of Japanese including honorific and casual speech.
  • master basic Japanese grammar.
  • be able to communicate a wide range of topics confidently.
  • be able to read longer and more complicated sentences than Japanese 1B.
  • learn new 75 Kanji (Chinese characters).
  • acquire skills to enhance communicative capacities by synthesizing pre-existing knowledge with more complex forms of expression.
  • acquire skills to use time management and self-motivation to persist with demanding learning tasks.
  • acquire skills to interact cross-culturally using knowledge of different behavioral norms.
Assessment: Five in-class quizzes of 200 words 20% (throughout the semester), a speaking test 15% (due at the end of the semester), a composition task 10% (due mid semester), a 30-minute listening test 10 % (due at the end of semester), a final examination (due during the examination period) 45%. Students are required to attend minimum of 70% of contact hours.
Prescribed Texts:
  • Yookoso! Continuing Contemporary Japanese, Third edition (Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku) 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:
  • written communication through essay writing and seminar discussion.
  • attention to detail through essay preparation and writing.
  • time management and planning through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
  • public speaking through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations.
  • develop teamwork through joint projects and group discussions.
  • develop research skills through computer use of the library, electronic database and other information sources and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research.
Notes: This subject is available at level one for the Post-VCE stream of Japanese. It is only available at level two for students who completed subject requirements for the beginners stream of Japanese at level one.

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