Introductory Japanese II - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Assessment: Exercises - Weekly Homework (25%) , Participation - Weekly Discussions (5%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as JPE102 Introductory Japanese II.

This higher introductory unit further develops basic Japanese language skills. In this unit, students develop their knowledge of Japanese language and use their growing understanding of Japanese grammar, vocabulary and culture to complete a variety of practical and authentic tasks which cover the four skill areas of listening, speaking, writing and reading.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to understand:

  1. Reading: understand short, simple texts in hiragana, katakana and a number of limited kanji containing essential and high frequency vocabulary.
  2. Listening: understand familiar phrases and expressions and extract necessary information related to areas of most immediate priority (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment) provided speech is in a standard form and clearly and slowly articulated.
  3. Writing: write short, simple formulaic texts in hiragana, katakana and a limited number of kanji on familiar topics in areas of immediate need and personal interest.
  4. Spoken Interaction: interact with reasonable ease in structured situations and short conversations, provided the other person helps, if necessary; manage simple, routine exchanges without undue effort; ask and answer questions and exchange ideas and information on familiar topics in predictable everyday situations.
  5. Spoken Production: give a simple description or presentation about people, living or working conditions, daily routines, likes/dislikes etc., synthesising a short series of simple phrases and sentences into a list.
  • Exercises — Weekly Homework (25%)
  • Participation — Weekly Discussions (5%)
  • Quizzes — Weekly Self Tests (15%)
  • Test — Speaking Tests (15%)
  • Test 1 — Written Tests (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • JPE102 — Introductory Japanese II

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials — Computer with Japanese Fonts
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.
  • Other special requirement — Access to a scanner

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Revision, using authentic materials
2Expressing contrast and making comparisons
3Plain present forms
4Making noun phrases, using verbs in plain form and 'no?'; talking about when something happens, using 'mae' and 'toki'
5Expressing costs; Making requests and deciding something
6Using te-form to make a request to do something and describe actions in sequence
7Family members; describing continuous actions or states, using te-form
8Expressing change in state; dates; plain past tense; using plain past tense with 'ato' and toki'
9Expressing purpose, using the verb stem and 'ni'; Inviting and suggesting
10Expressing cause and effect, using te-form; Giving a reason or explanation
11Modifying clauses

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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