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I am a exchange student from Japan. I lived in Japan for 20 years so I can use Japanese fluently. I...
So this subject isn't great. It's basically a self-study subject. You have to learn everything at home before tutorials in a "reversed classroom" style. Whilst the idea is that you will still be learning from the Genki II textbook the exam and assessments really have nothing to do with the textbook at all. And whilst I found the assessments pretty fun and easy, I learnt about zero Japanese because I could simply look everything up online and translate it over to Japanese. If you're a very self-motivated student who doesn't mind studying the whole thing at home on your own then you'll probably find it fine. Otherwise, good luck! Also, the tutorials for this subject are 60% in Japanese. Just a heads up :)
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019
Make sure you study all the kanji
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017
This one is much worse than Japanese 1&2. Tutorial 1 is still acceptable, but tutorial 2 is rediculous. Basically you are required to learn everything by yourself at home, and speaking to your partners on classes. This becomes super awkward when you and your partner only finished genki 1 and don't even remember how to write katagana after a summer holiday. Also, you are not provided with ANY information about your speaking assessment 1- which worthies 10%. You will only get your random topic on class and only have 10 mins to brainstorm without script. The only thing which is the same as previous Japanese subjects is, the lectures are still so boring. You aren't learning any grammar point from it. If I'm expected to learn everything by myself, why don't I just memorize the whole book and directly go to the exam?
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017
This subject is very poorly run and very poorly taught. Assessment tasks teach you near nothing about the Japanese language and are not explained properly by either tutors, lecturers or the subject guide. Teachers are near impossible to understand because their English skills are not sufficient enough to teach students Japanese who are nowhere near being fluent speakers themselves. The lecture for each week is pointless and instead the time it takes should be added to tutorials. Despite many emails for help and assistance with study, students were left to fend literally for themselves and work out the cryptic assessment tasks leading many to missing out on full points in specific criteria because the criteria was not clear.