Variation in Japanese Language

Subject JAPN20012 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


JAPN20004/JAPN30006 Japanese 8 or equivalent

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Semester 2


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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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, age 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 reflecting on 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 of total 800 words due throughout the semester (20%)
  • A 2 hour final exam of 2000 words during the examination period (50%)

Hurdle requirement: 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.

Note: 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 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

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: Graduate Diploma in Arts - Japanese

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