Japanese 1

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Japanese 1

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    True Beginning, Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    LANG1093/1169 Japanese 1 assumes no previous studies or experience with the Japanese language. It caters for students who did not learn Japanese at school and who would like to start Japanese at University as well as those with a very limited experience of the language.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description

    This course is the first of eight consecutive courses in Japanese offered at RMIT University. 

    This course will introduce you to Japanese language and culture, and assist you to develop in four different modes of Japanese Language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

    You will explore the links between language and culture and familiarise yourself with the pronunciation system of Japanese and the formation of the 3 Japanese scripts. You will explore the norms and values of Japanese society and behaviour as expressed in and reflected by the language. The course will equip you with some basic knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues, and lay the foundation for further Japanese study.

    *Not all information provided here is applicable to RMIT Vietnam campus. Please see Part B for Vietnam specific course guides.


    Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Communicate in oral Japanese effectively in basic social contexts, including greetings, introductions, describing past, present and future events and location.
    • Read and write simple passages in these contexts using hiragana, katakana and 40 basic kanji
    • Communicate effectively’ in Japanese, and demonstrate awareness of some uses of registers in different contexts
    • Read, interpret and comprehend simple authentic spoken, written and multimedia Japanese materials
    • Identify some language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills and demonstrate independent learning
    • Identify and discuss aspects of the Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language
    • Describe your own cultural values and norms and make comparisons to the Japanese ones, beginning to reflect on and develop your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges.

    If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and cross-cultural communication.

    Program Learning Outcomes

    In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 
    • Communicate effectively in Japanese in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms
    • Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
    • Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in Japanese
    • Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication


    Overview of Learning Activities

    You will be able to work in pairs and small groups to develop your language skills. Oral exercises will provide you with opportunities to practise your spoken Japanese while you will use listening exercises to analyse features such as pronunciation to improve your listening skills.

    Cultural understanding and the relationship between language and behaviour will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties, which may arise in cross-cultural communication.

    Class exercises are supported by language exchange sessions with native speakers, where appropriate. We will be doing many pair and group activities in which you are expected to participate actively and to use only Japanese. Therefore, regular class attendance is important to support your learning. 


    Overview of Learning Resources

    You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended Language dictionary. Multi-media teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used, and made available through our online systems which you can access at myRMIT/studies.


    Overview of Assessment

    You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc).

    You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

    Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task.

    Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: Assessment and assessment flexibility policy

    An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: Student Responsibilities Statement

    If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact your Program Director or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.


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