Introduction to Japanese Communication

Subject JAPN20002 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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.

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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Jun Ohashi


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) and a 2-hour final examination 40% (due during the examination period).

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. 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.

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: Japanese

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