Japanese 2

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Japanese 2

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level


  • Prerequisites

    Japanese 2 is open to students who have successfully completed LANG1093/1169 Japanese 1 or who have completed 2 years of beginner Japanese. Please note that enrolments may be refused on the basis of previous Japanese study or abilities, and enrolment in a different course may be recommended. A student’s enrolment in a course for which s/he holds incompatible qualifications may be cancelled at any time of the semester. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit, and students may remain liable for course fees. 

    For Self-Evaluation, please refer to: Self - Assessment Check List for Japanese 1 - 6.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Course Description

    This course is the second in a series of eight consecutive courses in Japanese offered at RMIT University.

    The course aims to enhance your oral/aural skills and to further your writing and reading skills acquired in Japanese 1. You will gain practical knowledge of the culture in a wider range of personal and social situations and contexts.

    You will have opportunities to apply Japanese language in a variety of situations and continue to improve language proficiency in pronunciation, intonation and register. Your written skills will also be strengthened by incorporating further kanji in passages.


    Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

    • Communicate in oral Japanese effectively in a range of familiar social contexts in both formal and informal situations, including, describing people and events, stating rules, and requesting permission.
    • Read and write simple passages in these contexts incorporating 85 basic kanji
    • Communicate effectively in Japanese responding with correct register in limited contexts
    • Read, interpret and comprehend familiar authentic spoken, written and multimedia Japanese materials, comprehending simple Japanese dialogues spoken at normal speed
    • Describe some language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills and demonstrate independent learning
    • Describe and discuss aspects of Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language

    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.


    In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

    • Describe aspects of the Japanese culture and the relationship between culture and language, including your own cultural values and norms, and reflect on and develop your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges
    • Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions



    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.

    The University Library has extensive resources for our students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

    The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.



    Overview of Assessment

    You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include group and individual assignments or projects, in-class tests, class presentations, essays and final exams. 

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


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