Subject details

  • Topics
    • The Japanese sound system & basic hiragana
    • Additional hiragana, self-introduction and greetings
    • Basic statements and questions
    • Describing things and people & Katakana
    • Describing things and people with i-adjectives
    • Describing things and people with na-adjectives
    • Describing things and people using connecting words
    • Expressing the existence and location of things and people
    • Describing activities A
    • Describing activities B
    • Expressing the time and day; describing things and people in the polite past tense
    • Describing activities using the polite past tense
    • Revision
    • Additional hiragana, self-introduction and greetings
    • Expressing the time and day
    • Describing things and people in the polite past tense
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Skit Performance (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Unit Participation (15%)
  • Assignment 3 - Weekly Quiz (15%)
  • Assignment 4 - Speaking Test (10%)
  • Assignment 5 - Written Test 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 6 - Written Test 2 (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MAQ-JPE101

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment
  • OtherDetails -
    • Additional materials — Computer with Japanese Fonts
    • Other special requirement — Access to a scanner

This subject was previously known as JPE101 Introductory Japanese I.

This subject provides introductory Japanese language instruction for students with no previous knowledge of Japanese. The subject helps students acquire kana scripts and the basic elements of grammar. Students develop their skills in all four areas of speaking, writing, listening and reading, as well as develop their understanding of the cultural factors which can affect communication in Japanese. Opportunities for interactive learning and the use of online resources provide students with opportunities to use Japanese as much as possible.

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