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Unit Overview


This unit further develops linguistic and cultural competency and expands familiarity with a range of topics and sociocultural demands. The unit emphasises the four linguistic skills equally and prepares students' proficiency to meet routine practical and social needs that are relevant to students at tertiary level. The unit covers practical functions such as expressing permission, asking for and giving advice, describing probability, and reporting hearsay. It equips students with the ability to discern the different registers, including the colloquial and formal, used according to different social situations. 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 2 core unit in the JPNSB Japanese Studies major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) express their observations and ideas about familiar social topics with effective use of expressions used in practical functions such as expressing permission, asking for and giving advice, describing probability, reporting hearsay, stating one's opinion, expressing one's ability; (2) grasp simple, conversations in everyday social interactions; (3) comprehend basic Japanese texts with the help of a dictionary and other resources; (4) write short compositions with some depth in Japanese; (5) read approximately 80 new kanji; (6) increase their knowledge of Japanese cultural practices that are important for effective communication; and (7) acquire information literacy and management skills through a variety of media and search techniques including the use of a dictionary. Additionally, students refine generic skills such as understanding self and others, understanding of language in general, and critical analysis through learning to express their ideas and performing assigned tasks in Japanese.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) research project; 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 Kyoko Kawasaki
Unit rules
JAPN1402 Japanese 2
or JAPN1102 Japanese Beginners II
JAPN2001 Japanese 3A
JAPN2203 Japanese Intermediate I
Contact hours
3 hours per week
  • 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.