JAPN3408 Japanese 8

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the JPNSP Japanese Studies; JPNSI Japanese Studies major sequences
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit follows on from JAPN3407 Japanese 7. It further enhances students' linguistic skills in Japanese and their cultural literacy, develops their ability to critique contemporary social and cultural issues in Japanese, and equips them with effective expressions and communication techniques via the complex linguistic structures and vocabulary used in contemporary Japanese spoken and written discourses.

Students develop their skills in (1) speaking and listening, by means of a research project presentation, discussion, and development of competence in academic registers in spoken language; and (2) reading and writing, by means of essay writing in academic format, critical reading of Japanese journal articles, and Japanese-to-English translation. Successful completion of this unit brings students to the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level (JLPTL) N2 or the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) Level 4. The unit also facilitates future pathways into higher research on Japan through promoting critical selection and utilisation of Japanese-language source materials.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) read and translate authentic Japanese materials and discuss their ideas on contemporary social and cultural issues in Japan; (2) conduct research by collecting and analysing materials in both Japanese and English; (3) express their research findings and ideas logically in both spoken and written forms of Japanese; (4) develop specialist vocabularies in areas relating to Japanese social and cultural issues; and (5) demonstrate a broad understanding of diverse social and cultural values. Additionally, through learning to express their ideas and performing assigned tasks in the Japanese language, students refine generic skills such as understanding the self and others, understanding of language in general, and critical analysis.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assignments; (2) oral assessments; and (3) examinations. 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 Kyoko Kawasaki
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
JAPN3407 Japanese 7 or JAPN3307 Japanese Specialist I
Incompatibility:
JAPN3308 Japanese Specialist II
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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