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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.
As a student in this course you 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 300 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 willdevelop 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 (Globally aware); have examined cultural beliefs and values in Japan, which in turn will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for cultures other than one’s own, including the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand (Biculturally competent and confident); 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 (Employable, innovative and enterprising);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 (Engaged with the community).Note on attendance: Languages are learned by doing, and the tutorial-style sessions in this course are designed to create an atmosphere in which students can try out their language skills on each other. If you do not attend regularly and do not keep up with the work, you will therefore not only be hindering your own progress, but you will also be holding back the other students with whom you are working.
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.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
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.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
JAPA215 orJAPA216 orequivalent ordirect entry through a placement test.
JAPA205, JAPA305, JAPA315, JAPA319
Students must attend one activity from each section.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department
There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course. Additional material for homework and/or self-learning is available on the computers in the Language Lab, room 339, Jack Erskine Building. You can work there on your own when they are not booked for regular classes. Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides: http://canterbury.libguides.com/japa
Library portalLEARN The Course Outline is available for enrolled students on LEARN.
Domestic fee $1,523.00
International fee $6,375.00
* 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.