JAPN1401 Japanese 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodHong KongFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the JPNSB Japanese Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit provides an introduction to contemporary spoken and written Japanese. The main objective of the unit is for students to develop the basics of everyday communication and communication skills in Japanese by the end of the semester. The unit makes use of all four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are able to satisfy some basic aural and oral communication needs using the most common polite register, in specific situations such as introduction of self and others, and describing locations and things; initiate and sustain simple conversations in brief sentences spoken slowly; understand simple texts; and write simple original sentences. Learning takes place with reference to everyday student life in Japan and Australia. Successful completion of this unit brings students to the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) Level 1-.
Students are able to (1) sufficiently understand the Japanese language for basic communication with native speakers about areas of everyday life; (2) read and write hiragana and katakana syllabaries with fluency; (3) read and write approximately 15 kanji without reference to a dictionary; (4) produce simple written communication; and (5) recognise Japanese cultural practices that are important for communication. Additionally students refine generic skills such as understanding self and others, understanding of language in general, and learning to express their ideas and performing assigned tasks in Japanese language. These contribute to enhancing students' 'interpersonal skills' and 'communication skills' in Japanese and English.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) listening/oral assessment; (2) tests; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Reto Hofmann (Crawley) Kyoko Kawasaki (Hong Kong)
Unit rules
ATAR Japanese Year 11
higher; JAPN1101 Japanese Beginners I
Contact hours
4 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
This unit is designed for students who have no previous knowledge or only a slight knowledge of Japanese. Students with some knowledge of the language should consult the unit coordinator regarding the appropriate unit for enrolment.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.