JAPA318-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Advanced Japanese Language B

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


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, communicating and giving oral presentations 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 Japanese Community/Community of Practice and Learning Community. Students will be given the opportunity to further develop their communicative competence and a variety of other skills through project work and field trips. JAPA 318 will build upon the prerequisite course, JAPA 317 Advancing Japanese A.

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 Japanese texts written for native speaker readers;
3. To improve the ability to summarize and report verbally in Japanese on a broad range of topics;
4. To improve written and verbal skills in Japanese;
5. To improve students’ ability to work effectively between the two languages (English and 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
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      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.

      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.


JAPA317 or equivalent subject to approval of the Programme Head.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Susan Bouterey


Masayoshi Ogino


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Short fortnightly presentations 22%
Translation assignment and reading comprehension 20%
Fiieldtrip report 8%
Participation and engagement 10%
Portfolio 40%

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)

Information about the Japanese Programme, including degree requirements, can be found at:

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* 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 JAPA318 Occurrences

  • JAPA318-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023