JAPA414-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Advanced Japanese Language A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


The purpose of this course is to prepare students to conduct research using Japanese materials. It will build upon the prerequisite 300-level course. On successful completion of JAPA414, the student should be able to read, comprehend, and summarise articles on various topics in standard modern Japanese.

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to, on the one hand, conduct research using Japanese materials and, on the other hand, for the work environment through practical training in writing and presenting summaries and reports in Japanese. In addition, the course aims to provide some ‘authentic’, real-life experience in using Japanese, and to build community links, through engagement with the local Japanese community.

The following areas are given special attention:
1. To extend the knowledge of Japanese grammar and vocabulary in as many different areas as possible;
2. To improve students’ reading comprehension of a variety of texts written for native-speaker readers;
3. To improve the ability to summarize and report verbally in Japanese;
4. To improve writing skills in Japanese.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a student in this course you will acquire increased knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and society. You will also acquire skills in all four areas of the language, with an emphasis on oral presentations, reading, and writing. On successful completion of this course, the student should:
  • be familiar with, and able to critically evaluate, various aspects of contemporary Japanese society and current affairs
  • be able to converse in Japanese on a broad range of Japan-related topics
  • be able to read and comprehend a variety of texts written for native-speaker readers.
  • have acquired competency in summarizing and reporting verbally in Japanese
  • have gained competency in writing reports and essays in Japanese
  • have acquired research, analysis and writing skills & other competencies readily transferrable to a variety of disciplines
  • have advanced intercultural awareness and sensitivity

    Also, students will
  • develop an understanding of the influence of global conditions on Japan, and be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts – attributes that are sought by employers and that can be used in a range of applications;
  • have a familiarity with ethnic diversity and indigenous cultures in Japan, which will in turn heighten awareness and understanding of the cultural landscape and biculturalism in Aotearoa NZ;
  • develop specific linguistic skills for oral and written presentations in Japanese that will enhance their opportunities for a successful career;
  • have had opportunities to engage with members of the local Japanese community as well as the wider Community of Practice and Learning Community, and to reflect on their own role and performance within those communities.
    • 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.


JAPA305 or
JAPA315 or
JAPA326 with at least a B pass, or
CPIT course JAPN704 with at least a B pass, or
equivalent subject to approval of the Programme Director.



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Susan Bouterey


Masayoshi Ogino


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignments (4) 30%
Participation & Engagement 10%
Short essay 18%
Project 42% Product 30% Facebook tasks 3% In-class presentations 4% Reflection report 5%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no required textbook for the course. Students will be provided with handouts for class readings. Students will be expected to study and research around the set class topics independently, and to make extensive use of relevant resources in the university library.

• Unseen short articles (in-class handouts)
• Seen chapters in books and articles (provided in advance)

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course.  

Other material which may be helpful can be found at the Library Subject Guide for Japanese: http://canterbury.libguides.com/

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $923.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All JAPA414 Occurrences

  • JAPA414-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019