Japanese Language and Culture I
Area of Study
Asian Studies, International Studies, Japanese
Taught In English
exchange and study abroad students with faculty approval
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis subject is designed to provide students who have no prior knowledge of the Japanese language with basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. It also facilitates understanding of and engagement with sociocultural contexts in Japan relevant to in-country study.While focusing primarily on the development of speaking and listening skills, the subject also provides a working knowledge of the hiragana and katakana scripts and approximately 50 kanji. Discussions of sociolinguistic and cross-cultural issues are an integral part of the language lessons. Students take active part in learning activities to practise and consolidate their language skills with their peers.Subject objectivesa.. Communicate effectively in oral and written form, in Japanese, within the range of everyday situations set out in the subject programb.. Demonstrate critical cultural awareness of Japanese culture and peoplec.. Read and write hiragana, katakana and approximately 50 kanjid.. Effectively employ strategies and resources for independent learning as relevant to the subject programContribution to the development of graduate attributesThis subject engages with the following Bachelor of Arts International Studies Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:1. Professional Readiness1.1. Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts1.2. Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners6. Effective Communication6.1. Graduates will possess a high-level of oral and written communication skills in English and at least one other languageTeaching and learning strategiesFlipped learning: Using class time for interactive practice and advancement of skills through work in pairs, small and large groups and/or presentations.Blended learning: Preparation for lessons with exercises and reading/listening/viewing activities; effective use of resources supplied to support learning. As this is an 8 credit point subject, the approximate time commitment expected from students is 12 hours per week, including class time.Inquiry-based learning: Students will customise their learning experience to promote their engagement with Japanese people and society.Immersive language classroom: Students are expected to use Japanese when communicating with each other or with their teacher in class whenever possible.AssessmentAssessment task 1: Chapter Achievement TestObjective(s):a., c. and d.Weight: 40%Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsComprehension of spoken Japanese 30 a. 6.1Lexical and grammatical accuracy 40 a. 6.1Ability to acquire and use Japanese scripts through blended 30 c., d. 1.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 2: Speaking assessmentObjective(s):a., b. and d.Weight: 30%Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsApplication of cultural conventions and communication strategies relevant to the tasks 25 a., b. 1.1Ability to develop a conversation to demonstrate relevant knowledge on target culture and country 20 a., b., d. 1.2Degree of fluency 15 a. 6.1Intelligibility of pronunciation, use of appropriate intonation 15 a. 6.1Lexical and grammatical accuracy 25 a. 6.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 3: Final Listening, Reading and Writing assessmentObjective(s):a. and c.Weight: 30%Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsComprehension of spoken Japanese 30 a. 6.1Lexical and grammatical accuracy 45 a. 6.1Ability to use Japanese scripts 25 a., c. 1.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomes
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.