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This subject is for students who have completed Japanese 5 or those who have basic language skills and knowledge of Japan and can recognise around 500 kanji characters, or those who have equivalent experience in Japanese. This subject provides a preparation for students to engage in academic research using Japanese. It aims to further develop students’ Japanese communication skills through discussions and task-based collaborative work. Students will critically examine issues and phenomena prevalent in Japan from various perspectives. Students will have further exposure to various Japanese essays in different genres (e.g., survey reports, essays of critical and or analytical nature) to understand differences in their rhetorical structures. The subject covers wide ranging topics about Japan but they will be examined in global perspectives. Students will also have the opportunity to practise variations of spoken Japanese by applying Japanese honorific system rules to the situation, depending on the relationship between the participants of the conversations. Through class activities, such as discussions and a small research project, students will build further vocabulary and expressions, including around 150 additional kanji characters. In addition, students will further develop intercultural and interpersonal skills to create rapport to achieve positive outcomes.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
have practiced essential skills required for research (e.g. how to clarify goals, search for appropriate approaches/methods, draw conclusions from findings;
have further developed students’ Japanese communication skills by examining the language of various registers and discourse;
have further developed students’ Japanese communication skills by applying honorific system rules, learning interpersonal skills;
be able to understand differences in Japanese rhetorical structures;
have built vocabulary by developing etymological (in-depth cultural and linguistic) knowledge, and learning organized learning;
have developed intercultural and interpersonal skills essential to present themselves appropriately in international situations;
have learnt how to work in group effectively through project work, i.e., integrity, self-awareness
have practiced reflective learning and monitoring their learning, continuing learning;
have learnt how to manage time and priority.
Last updated: 17 February 2020