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Semester 1 - Online
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The diversity of language within Japanese, be it phonetical, lexical, morphological, grammatical and strategical, exist according to the speaker’s gender, age, hometown and type of communication one is engaged in. To ensure successful communication in Japanese, one must learn not only the ‘standard’ language introduced in textbooks so far, but also have knowledge of these variation which is observable in any interaction.
This advanced level Japanese language subject aims to expand students’ horizon on Japanese by introducing varieties of colloquial and dialectal expressions used in Japan, differentiated by their gender, age, region and purpose of communication. It will also give students opportunities to examine different registers in various conversation settings. Students will learn what is considered appropriate in various situations through analysis of naturally occurring communication between friends, family and business associates with different degree of formality through analysing them, then apply the findings in their speaking practice appropriately. Students who complete this subject should have acquired good knowledge of the diverse range of Japanese language practice and apply them when communicating in Japanese.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- understand common varieties in Japanese language caused by age, gender and hometown of the speakers, as well as various purposes of communication;
- evaluate their own use of language and plan their further learning of variation in Japanese language;
- demonstrate various strategies to communicate successfully in Japanese;
- understand registers of Japanese with varying levels of formality and purposes;
- identify, explain and use various genres in written Japanese communication;
- apply above knowledge of variation, register and genre to understand the speakers' intentions within various interactions.
- apply knowledge of basic structural patterns to deal with large quantities of new information
- set long term goals and develop the discipline to undertake the daily work needed to achieve the goals.
- develop cultural knowledge necessary to international awareness.
- develop reflective skills to reflect and monitor one’s learning.
- develop critical thinking and analysis to be able to analyse relationship between self and others in various situations in order to express respect and relationships appropriately.
Last updated: 1 March 2024