Japanese Language and Culture I

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Japanese Language and Culture I

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Studies, Japanese

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    exchange and study abroad students with faculty approval

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    8
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7
  • Overview

    Description
    This 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 objectives
    a.. Communicate effectively in oral and written form, in Japanese, within the range of everyday situations set out in the subject program
    b.. Demonstrate critical cultural awareness of Japanese culture and people
    c.. Read and write hiragana, katakana and approximately 50 kanji
    d.. Effectively employ strategies and resources for independent learning as relevant to the subject program
    Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
    This 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 Readiness
    1.1. Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts
    1.2. Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners
    6. Effective Communication
    6.1. Graduates will possess a high-level of oral and written communication skills in English and at least one other language
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Flipped 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.
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Chapter Achievement Test
    Objective(s):
    a., c. and d.
    Weight: 40%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Comprehension of spoken Japanese 30 a. 6.1
    Lexical and grammatical accuracy 40 a. 6.1
    Ability to acquire and use Japanese scripts through blended 30 c., d. 1.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Speaking assessment
    Objective(s):
    a., b. and d.
    Weight: 30%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Application of cultural conventions and communication strategies relevant to the tasks 25 a., b. 1.1
    Ability to develop a conversation to demonstrate relevant knowledge on target culture and country 20 a., b., d. 1.2
    Degree of fluency 15 a. 6.1
    Intelligibility of pronunciation, use of appropriate intonation 15 a. 6.1
    Lexical and grammatical accuracy 25 a. 6.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Final Listening, Reading and Writing assessment
    Objective(s):
    a. and c.
    Weight: 30%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Comprehension of spoken Japanese 30 a. 6.1
    Lexical and grammatical accuracy 45 a. 6.1
    Ability to use Japanese scripts 25 a., c. 1.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Course Disclaimer

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.