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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.

Term 4, 2019 Topics: 

  • Japanese Society and Gender
    Gender roles in education
    Gender roles in Japanese language
    Gender roles at home
        Reading a modern novel
        Scabs and Eyelids by Kiyoshi Shigematsu  (from short stories Vitamin F)
    Viewing and analysing a Japanese film (title TBA)
  • Reading about “Now” in Japan
     Reading news articles
     Analysis and discussion on current affairs in Japan
  • Mini presentations on films from the Japanese Film Festival 2019
  • Brush-Up on grammar and Kanji

*The following topics have been covered in Term 1 – 3, 2019

  • “Japan” seen in media
    * Cultural difference in advertisements
    * Mass media and public sentiment
    * Viewing the film Nobody to Watch Over Me
    * Journalists and the discourse of “at your own risk”
  • Japanese people and identity in modern age
    * Contemporary Japan seen in the novel Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
    Keywords: Convenience stores, young generation, city life, manuals
  • Looking back on the Heisei period
  • Moving from the Heisei period into the Reiwa period
    Keywords: post bubble, IT revolution, natural disasters
    *Overview of the Japanese Emperor System
    * Reading a modern novel, The Little House by Kyoko Nakajima
    * Viewing and analysing the film adaption of The Little House
  • Japanese people and Family
    * Exploring the transition of Japanese Family
    * Reading a modern novel
        Losing Lottery Tickets by Kiyoshi Shigematsu
    (from short stories Vitamin F)
    Keywords: Parents and children, school and home
    * Viewing and analysing the film Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Reading about “Now” in Japan
    * Reading news articles
    * Analysis and discussion on current affairs in Japan
  • Brush-Up on grammar and Kanji
  • Reading aloud
    * Application of natural intonation

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)。

【2019年4学期のトピック】

  • 日本社会とジェンダー
    教育にみる男女の役割
    言語にみる男女の役割
    家庭にみる男女の役割
    現代小説を読む
    重松清「かさぶたまぶた」(短編集「ビタミンF」より)
    映画鑑賞・批評 - 未定
  • 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
  • 日本映画際 - 映画紹介のミニ発表
  • 文法と漢字 ブラッシュアップ

*2019年1-3学期に以下のトピックを勉強しました。

  • メディアから見える「日本」
    * 広告から見る日本文化
    * マスコミと世論 - 映画鑑賞「誰も守ってくれない」
    * ジャーナリストと「自己責任論」
  • 現代日本人とアイデンティティ
    * 小説 村田紗耶香「コンビニ人間」にみる現代日本
    キーワード:コンビニ、若者世代、都市生活、マニュアル
  •  「平成」を振り返る  ―     「平成」から「令和」へ
    キーワード:ポストバブル、IT革命、自然災害
    * 天皇制の概観
    * 現代小説 中島京子「小さいおうち」を読む
    * 映画鑑賞・批評
  • 日本人と家族
    * 日本の家族の変遷を考察する
    * 現代小説を読む
    重松清「はずれくじ」(短編集「ビタミンF」より)
    キーワード:親子、学校と家庭
    * 映画鑑賞・批評 - 是枝裕和監督 「万引き家族」
  • 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
  • 音読
    *自然なイントネーションの実践

Course Details

Course fee

$375/term: New students
$350/term: Continuing students

Course fee includes materials.

Evening  class
6:15pm-8:15pm

Mondays | October 7 – December 9, 2019*
* Week 1 will be held on Friday 11 Oct due to the Labour Day holiday
Taught by Shoko Ono
Venue: The Library at The Japan Foundation, Sydney

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.

Recommended Materials

In Term 4, students will be reading the short story Kasabuta Mabuta (Scabs and Eyelids) from the novel Vitamin F by Shigematsu Kiyoshi (ISBN: 978-4-10-134915-2).
Details of this novel are available on our Library Tumblr site (click here) and Worth Sharing has published a book review in English and Japanese (click here).

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

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