97201 Japanese Language and Culture 1
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Credit points: 8 cp
Result type: Grade and marks
This subject is designed to provide students who have no prior knowledge of the Japanese language with basic reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. Students develop a working knowledge of the hiragana and katakana scripts and approximately 50 kanji. The subject also facilitates an understanding of and engagement with sociocultural contexts in which the Japanese language is used.
Students develop intercultural understanding and engagement, by recognising, exploring, interpreting and moving between the languages and practices of two or more cultures. Students take active part in collaborative learning activities to practice and consolidate their language skills.
Subject learning objectives (SLOs)
|a.||Comprehend and respond to basic-level texts in oral and written language.|
|b.||Produce basic-level texts in oral and written language.|
|c.||Demonstrate intercultural awareness across two or more cultural contexts.|
Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
This subject engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (INT = International Studies CILOs):
- Employ effective cultural strategies to operate within professional settings in Australia and internationally. (INT.1.1)
- Communicate effectively for everyday and/or professional purposes in an additional language. (INT.3.2)
Teaching and learning strategies
This subject uses a communicative approach in class to maximise students' potential for effective communication in the target language. A series of activities such as interactive activities working in pairs, small and large groups and/or presentations, are promoted in class to enhance students' engagement through content-based learning. Preparation for class activities requires students to complete exercises and reading/listening/viewing activities prior to class to make effective use of resources and subject material (including resources online), community and peer resources available to them to support their learning.
Students are encouraged to customise their learning experience as per the Global Japanese approach to promote their engagement with Japanese peoples and societies. This entails keeping in mind their goals for the use of Japanese (for instance studying abroad or travel in a particular country or region) and tailoring their practice and learning to maximize exposure to local variants of the language, relevant cultural norms and authentic materials from the area.
As part of an immersive approach to language education, students are encouraged to use the target language within the classroom environment and to build confidence to use the target language outside the classroom. The approximate time commitment expected from students is 12 hours per week, including class time.
Assessment task 1: Homework and Progress Test in Reading, Writing and Listening
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Assessment task 2: Speaking assessment
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Assessment task 3: Final Listening, Reading and Writing assessment
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In order to pass this subject, you must earn an overall total of 50 marks or more for the subject.
Banno, E. et al (2020). GENKI 1 (Third Edition): An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. Japan: The Japan Times.
Banno, E. et al (2020). GENKI 1 Workbook (Third Edition), An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese - Workbook. Japan: The Japan Times.
Banno, E. et al. (2011). KANJI look and learn – 512 Kanji with Illustrations and Mnemonic Hints. Japan: The Japan Times.
Koyama, S. (2007). J. Bridge for Beginners Vol. 1. Japan: Bonjinsha.
Koyama, S. (2007). J. Bridge for Beginners Vol. 2. Japan: Bonjinsha.
3A Network. (1998). Minna no Nihongo Shokyû I. Japan: 3A Network.
Kano, C. Shimizu, Y. Takenaka, H. and E. Ishii. (1989). Basic Kanji Book Vol. 1. Japan: Bonjinsha.
Kano, C. Shimizu, Y. Takenaka, H. and E. Ishii. (1989). Basic Kanji Book Vol. 2. Japan: Bonjinsha.
The Japan Foundation. (1986). Basic Japanese-English Dictionary. Japan: Bonjinsha.
Kodansha. (1995). furigana Japanese-English Dictionary. Japan: Kodansha.
Kodansha. (1995). furigana English-Japanese Dictionary. Japan: Kodansha.
Nelson, Andrew C. (1993). Japanese-English Character Dictionary. Japan: Tuttle.
Spahn, Mark. Hadamitzky, W. (1989). Japanese Compound Dictionary. Japan: Nichigai Associates.
Sharpe, P. (2006). Kodansha’s Communicative English-Japanese Dictionary. Japan: Kodansha.
This is just a brief list of the Japanese Language materials available in the library.
Kardy, G. (2004). Kana de manga: A fun, easy way to learn the ABCs of Japanese. Japan: Japanime.
Kardy, G. (2004-05). Kanji de manga: The Comic that Teaches you how to read and write Japanese, Volumes 1 & 2. Japan: Japanime.
Mizutani, O. Mizutani N. (1977). An Introduction to Modern Japanese. Japan: The Japan Times.
Nippon Steel Human Resources Development. Japan College of Foreign Languages. (1997). Aspects of Japanese Society (Nihon wo hanasô) Revised Edition. Japan: The Japan Times.
Seton, A. Matsumoto, N. Hayashi, N. (1984). Japanese Vocabulary for Speakers & Readers. Japan: The Hokuseido Press.
Miyagi, S. et al. (2010). Mainichi no kikitori 50 nichi (jô) (Everyday Listening in 50 days vol.1). Japan: Bonjinsha.
Miyagi, S. et al. (2010). Mainichi no kikitori 50 nichi (ge) (Everyday Listening in 50 days vol. 2). Japan: Bonjinsha.
Makino, A. et al. (2003). Minna no Nihongo I Chokai Tasuku 25. Japan: 3A Network.
Makino, A. et al. (2003). Minna no Nihongo II Chokai Tasuku 25. Japan: 3A Network.
Boikuman, F. (2006). Kiite oboeru hanashikata: Nihongo namachûkei. Japan: Kuroshio Shuppan.
GRAMMAR AND ITS USAGE
Chino, N. (2001). All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words. Japan: Kodansha International.
Chino, N. (1996). Japanese Verbs at a Glance. Japan: Kodansha International.
Chino, N. (2000). A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Sentence Patterns. Japan: Kodansha International.
Makino, S. Tsutsui, M. (1989). A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar. Japan:The Japan Times.
Makino, S. Tsutsui, M. (1998). A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar. Japan: The Japan Times.
Mizutani, O. Mizutani, N. (1977-1990). Nihongo Notes 1-5, Japan: The Japan Times.
Mizutani, O. Mizutani, N. (1977-1990). Nihongo Notes 6-10 (or Situational Japanese 1-5). Japan: The Japan Times.
McClain, Y.M. (1981). Handbook of Modern Japanese Grammar. Japan: Hokuseido Press.
Spahn, M. Hadamitzky, Hadamitzky (1997). Kanji and Kana: A Handbook of the Japanese Writing System. Japan: Tuttle.
For a wide selection of language and culture related resources available online refer to UTS-online.
FURTHER STUDY & RESEARCH ADVICE
A considerable amount of lecture time is devoted to practising using the language in a variety of real or simulated situations using authentic materials whenever possible. In order to maintain and consolidate those skills, students need to practise the language regularly with Japanese speaking friends or colleagues. Students will regularly be offered opportunities to meet Japanese background speakers. TV and radio news and media articles such as Nichigo Press (monthly local Japanese paper) are recommended to students to further develop their language skills and general knowledge about Japan.
- SBS -TV NHK News Mon-Sat 11:00-11:35
- SBS Radio01 (Digital) /1107kHz (AM radio) Tue, Thurs, Sat10:00PM-11:00PM
- SBS Radio
SBS on Demand
Students are strongly encouraged to visit the Japan Foundation library. The library holds a wide range of resources and boasts the largest collection of Japanese language learning materials. The Japan Foundation is in the Central Park just across from Tower Building.
Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale, NSW 2008
Please take a lift to access to level 4, No escalators available to level 4.
Tel: (02) 8239-0011
The UTS library holds a variety of Japanese Language and Culture related resources available for loan or in Closed Reserve. Students can access these from the catalogue using, for instance, “Japanese language” as the keywords. The course number can also be used to identify resources in Closed Reserve.
If you wish to access library resources from outside UTS, you should read the information available at: http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/services/off_campus You will need a username and password to access library resources like databases etc from outside UTS. This will be the username and password of your UTS Email account (not your UTSOnline account, which uses your student number).
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Instructions on how to set up your computer to access the library's resources can be found at: http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/services/off_campus/access
The library web site also offers some online tutorials to help you to develop your Information skills:
- A tutorial about finding information on the web is available at: http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/information/tutorial_index
- A tutorial about using Catalyst for research and investigative assignments is at: http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/catalyst/
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