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Variation in Japanese Language (JAPN30012)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeJAPN30012
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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 practise 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

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.

Generic skills

  • 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: 10 August 2019