JAPA325-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Advancing Japanese A

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


This course builds upon JAPA 215. Teaching will focus on the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. By the end of the course students will have acquired a knowledge of upper intermediate / advanced level Japanese and be familiar with complex socio-cultural issues in modern Japan. As well as text-based learning, there will be a focus on task and project-based learning, which will equip students better to apply their language abilities in the workforce or in postgraduate-level learning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will acquire advanced skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening). By the end of the course students should:
  • have mastered an additional 200 – 250 kanji;
  • have mastered a range of speech levels and written styles;
  • have mastered approximately 500 new words and expressions;  
  • be able to converse on many different topics in Japanese at a level more advanced than everyday conversation;
  • have acquired considerable learner autonomy and reflective skills;
  • have acquired advanced skills and competencies readily transferrable to a variety of disciplines;
  • have advanced intercultural awareness and sensitivity.

    Also, students will
  • develop more understanding of global conditions and will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. This will help the language students to develop knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
  • have examined cultural beliefs and values in Japan, which in turn students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for cultures other than their own, including the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand be able to comprehend the influence of global conditions on Japan and be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts;
  • develop specific linguistic skills in Japanese that will enhance students’ opportunities for a successful career;
  • have had multiple opportunities to engage with members of the wider Community of Practice and Learning Community, and have reflected on their own role and performance within those communities.

    (Image by Rachel Payne.)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


JAPA215 or
JAPA216 or
equivalent or
direct entry through a placement test.


JAPA205, JAPA305, JAPA315, JAPA319

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Masayoshi Ogino


Susan Bouterey


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignments 12% (4 worth 3% each)
Language laboratory 23% Mini tests, quizzes, Facebook tasks, listening comprehension, speaking tests
Quizzes, Language Perfect, Special Activity 15% Quizzes (4 worth 2% each); Language Perfect tasks (6 worth 1% each), Special Activity worth 1%
Interm test 1 23%
Interm test 2 27%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Miura, Akira , McGloin, Naomi Hanaoka; An integrated approach to intermediate Japanese = Chūkyū no Nihongo; Rev. ed. =; Japan Times, 2008.

Course links

Library portal
LEARN The Course Outline is available for enrolled students on LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,493.00

International fee $6,075.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All JAPA325 Occurrences

  • JAPA325-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018