Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

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

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
    • Other materials

      • Audio

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

MAQ-JPNX101-Introductory Japanese I

Special requirements

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    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

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.

  • Exercise (30%)
  • Participation (5%)
  • Quizzes (5%)
  • Test (15%)
  • Test (45%)

Textbook information is pending.

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