Variation in Japanese Language

Subject JAPN30012 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours of language classes per week
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


JAPN10006/JAPN20004/JAPN30006 Japanese 8 or equivalent.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

JAPN20009/30010 Signs and Symbols in Japanese

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 Yasuhisa Watanabe


Dr Yasuhisa Watanabe

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to familiarise students with colloquial and dialectal expressions used in Japan. It introduces students to various styles of Japanese spoken by those differentiated by gender and region. It will also give students opportunities to examine different registers in various conversation settings. In class, students will view DVDs and analyse various types of conversations. Students will practice speaking in appropriate styles depending on the situation. Students who complete this subject should have acquired good knowledge of the diverse range of Japanese language practice.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

become familiar with colloquial and dialectal expressions used in Japan, spoken by those differentiated by gender, age and region to various audiences for various purposes;
access a variety of Japanese sources, such as drama DVDs, documentaries, and various reports, to expand their knowledge of these variations in Japanese language;
be able to analyse language used in various types of conversations;
speak and write in appropriate styles depending on the situation, being aware of culturally appropriate genre, drawing comparison between their own culture(s).


Video-recorded presentation of 200 words (due mid semester) 5%, an oral presentation of critical analysis of linguistic variation of 400 words (due mid semester) 10%, an oral test of 600 words (due end of semester) 15%, a project involving writing tasks totalling 800 words (due throughout the semester) 20%, and a 2-hour final exam of 2000 words (during the examination period) 50%. 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.

Prescribed Texts:

Materials supplied by the Institute.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • apply knowledge of basic structural patterns to deal with large quantities of new information
  • set long term goals and develop the discipline to undertake the daily work needed to achieve the goals.
  • develop cultural knowledge necessary to international awareness.
  • develop reflective skills to reflect and monitor one’s learning.
  • develop critical thinking and analysis to be able to analyse relationship between self and others in various situations in order to express respect and relationships appropriately.

Previously available as 110-468 Colloquial Japanese. Students who have completed 110-468 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. Students who have completed 110-450, 110-451 and 110-467 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. Available at 3rd-year for Advanced stream students and 2nd-year for Super Advanced stream students.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Japanese

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