Introductory Japanese I - 2016

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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: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Exercises - Wkly Hwk - Workbook, Quiz,Game (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 JPE101 Introductory Japanese I.

This introductory unit provides students with basic Japanese language skills in all four areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing, including the acquisition of kana scripts. Students also develop their understanding of the cultural factors which can affect communication in Japanese. This unit is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Japanese.

At the completion of this unit students will have the following skills:

  1. Reading: understand very short simple texts in hiragana and katakana a single phrase at a time, picking up familiar names, words and basic phrases and rereading as required. listening:follow speech that is slow and carefully articulated, with long pauses for the learner to assimilate meaning
  2. Listening: understand enough to be able to meet needs of a concrete type provided speech is clearly and slowly articulated; understand phrases and expressions related to areas of most immediate priority (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment) provided speech is clearly and slowly articulated.
  3. Writing: write short, simple formulaic texts in hiragana and katakana relating to matters in areas of immediate need; write a series of simple phrases and sentences linked with simple connectors like “and”, “but” and “because”.
  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; communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters to do with work and free time; handle very short social exchanges but is rarely able to understand enough to keep conversation going on his/her own accord.
  5. Spoken Production: give a simple presentation of people, living or working conditions, daily routines, likes/dislikes etc. as a short series of simple phrases and sentences linked into a list.
  • Exercises — Wkly Hwk - Workbook, Quiz,Game (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:

  • JPE101 — Introductory Japanese I
  • 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.

1The Japanese sound system & basic hiragana
2Additional hiragana, self-introduction and greetings
3Basic statements and questions
4Describing things and people & Katakana
5Describing things and people with i-adjectives
6Describing things and people with na-adjectives
7Describing things and people using connecting words
8Expressing the existence and location of things and people
9Expressing the time and day; describing things and people in the polite past tense
10Describing activities A
11Describing activities B
12Describing activities using the polite past tense

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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