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Upper Advanced Course (B2-2)

日本語は下記にあります。

The Upper Advanced Course aims to comprehensively develop students’ speaking, reading, listening and writing skills that they have developed so far in their Japanese study, and enable them to use more sophisticated and natural Japanese. You will discuss current affairs featuring in newspapers and TV news, as well as gain appreciation of the language through materials such as film and literature. Furthermore, you will develop the skills to comprehend technical and academic passages written in Japanese, and refine their ability to use Japanese with colleagues in the workplace, both in verbal and written interactions such as email.

The Upper Advanced Course corresponds to N1 level.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Read a short story and understand the events and the motives for the characters’ actions.
  • Express their ideas and opinions with precision, present and respond to complex lines of argument.
  • Write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to their field of interest while synthesising and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources.
  • Use the language fluently, accurately and effectively on a wide range of topics, marking clearly the relationships between ideas.
  • Understand most TV news and current affairs programmes.

Topics for Term 3, 2021:

  • Exploring regions of Japan: Kumamoto
    * Climate and history – Higo Province
    * Food culture and tourism
    * Kumamoto earthquakes (2016) and restoration
  • Reading contemporary short stories 
    * “Preface” from Soba vs. Kishimen Noodles by Shimizu Yoshinori
  • Reading about “Now” in Japan
    *Reading news articles
    *Analysis and discussion on current affairs in Japan
  • Brush-up on grammar and Kanji

The following topics were covered in Term 1 and 2, 2021:

  • Exploring regions of Japan: Hokkaido
    * Climate and natural history
     Food culture and history
    * Ainu language and culture
  • Exploring regions of Japan: Aichi
    * Climate and history – Owari and Mikawa
     Food culture and industries
    * Traditional culture and festivals
  • Reading contemporary short stories
    Hakodate by Man Arai
    Soba vs. Kishimen Noodles by Shimizu Yoshinori
  • Reading about “Now” in Japan
    *Reading news articles
    *Analysis and discussion on current affairs in Japan
  • Brush-up on grammar and Kanji

このコースでは、これまでに培ってきた「話す・読む・聞く・書く」総合的能力をさらに高め、より自然な日本語の活用を目標とします。新聞やTVニュースを題材に日本や世界の時事トピックを討論したり、日本語で映画や小説を楽しんだりもします。さらに専門的な文章などが理解できる読解力を身につけます。また同僚とのコミュニケーションや仕事に関するメールのやりとりなど、仕事の場面で使われる日本語にも注目します(N1レベル相当)。

【2021年Term 3のトピック】

  • 日本の地方を探る - 熊本編
    * 風土と歴史-肥後国

    * 食文化と観光産業
    * 熊本地震(2016年)と復興
  • 短編小説を読む 
    * 清水義範 短編集「蕎麦ときしめん」より「序文」
  • 日本の「今」を読み解く
    * ニュース記事を読む

    * 時事問題の分析とディスカッション
  • 文法と漢字 ブラッシュアップ

2021年1-2学期に以下のトピックを勉強しました。

  • 日本の地方を探る - 北海道編
    *風土と自然誌

    *食文化と歴史
    *アイヌの言語と文化
  • 日本の地方を探る - 愛知編
    *風土と歴史-尾張と三河
    *食文化と産業
    *伝統文化と祭り
  • 短編小説を読む
    * 新井満「函館」
    * 清水義範「蕎麦ときしめん」
  • 日本の「今」を読み解く
    * ニュース記事を読む

    *時事問題の分析とディスカッション
  • 文法と漢字 ブラッシュアップ

Course Details in Term 3

Course fee

$350/term + $20 administration fee*

* New and returning students requiring a placement test will be charged a $20 non-refundable administration fee in addition to the $350 course fee when enrolling. 

Please note that the course fee does not include textbooks.

Evening  class
6:15pm-8:15pm

Mondays | July 12 – September 13, 2021
Taught by Shoko Ono

Class Size

Min: 7 / Max: 10 participants

* In the case where enrolments do not reach the minimum number of 7 people, the class may be cancelled.

Applications

To apply for the Upper Advanced course, please email the J-Course team directly at jcourse(a)jpf.org.au, and include details of your Japanese language level. Please note that you will be required to take a level check test, which will be organised as soon as possible.

Classes will be held online until further notice via Zoom video conferencing. You can join a test meeting at https://zoom.us/test.

For the best experience with online classes and homework, we recommend using the following:
  • a computer or laptop (operating systems: Windows 10 or 8.1 / Mac OS X 10.10 or later),
  • the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari,
  • headphones with a microphone,
  • a web camera, and
  • a stable internet connection, with at least a 1.2Mbps download speed and 600kbps upload speed. You can test your internet speed here.

Recommended Materials

Please note that there is no set textbook for this course. Learning materials will be provided in class.

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