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Unit Overview


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-.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the JPNSB Japanese Studies major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Laura Dales
Unit rules
ATAR Japanese Year 11 or higher.
JAPN1101 Japanese Beginners I
Contact hours
4 hours per week
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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.