Japanese

Language Placement Guidelines for Prospective Students of Japanese

The Placement Questionnaire is a series of questions designed to ensure students who wish to enrol to Japanese courses are placed in classes that are most appropriate to their level of language knowledge.

The following are frequently asked questions (FAQ) for the Japanese placement questionnaire. Please read the information carefully before completing the questionnaire.

BEGIN PLACEMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

Who needs to complete the Placement Questionnaire?

The questionnaire is to be completed by students who have studied Japanese before and are enrolling to Japanese course(s) for the first time at UNSW.

Why do I need to complete the Placement Questionnaire?

Our experience shows students lose interest in their learning and may discontinue from the course or fail the course when they are enrolled to courses that are either too easy or too difficult for them. Therefore, it is important that students are placed in courses that are most appropriate to their level of language knowledge. The information collected from the questionnaire will enable us to make course recommendations that best suit your learning needs and language knowledge.

When should I submit the questionnaire?

Received questionnaires are processed in order of receipt. As some classes fill up very quickly, it is in your best interests to submit the questionnaire as soon as possible. The placement questionnaire will be available when enrolment for semester 1, 2018 opens on Wednesday 11 October, 2017.

How do I submit the questionnaire?

It is submitted online. Click the “Submit” button at the end of the questionnaire.

How do I know which Japanese language courses are appropriate for my level of knowledge?

Listed below are placement criteria for the four different entry levels in Japanese language courses. You can indicate your preferences for a course (and must provide reasons for the preference) in the questionnaire if your level of knowledge fit the placement critera:

ARTS1630 Introductory Japanese A

  • if you have no knowledge of spoken or written Japanese or have never studied Japanese before

ARTS2630 Intermediate Japanese A

  • if you have completed HSC Japanese Continuers or equivalent

ARTS3630 Advanced Japanese A

  • if you have completed HSC – Japanese Extension or equivalent

ARTS3632 Professional Japanese A

if you hold a certificate of Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 2 or N2.

Can I change the information after I have submitted the questionnaire?

Please make sure your information is correct and complete before submitting the questionnaire, as any changes made to the questionnaire after it is submitted may result in delays in processing your questionnaire.

Can I submit more than one questionnaire?

No. Students can submit one questionnaire ONLY.

What should I do if my knowledge of Japanese does not fall into one of the categories OR if I wish to receive further advice about appropriate courses for my Japanese language proficiency?

Please complete the online questionnaire. The School shall contact you with course recommendations.

Are there any course prerequisites for the Japanese language courses offered this semester?

Yes. Listed below are the course prerequisites for the Japanese language courses that are offered in Semester 1.

You can also check course description in the Online Handbook                                                    

Course name     
Course prerequisites
ARTS1630 Introductory Japanese A  No prerequisites, excl. HSC Beginners or equivalent
ARTS2630 Intermediate Japanese A ARTS1631 or equivalent
ARTS3630 Advanced Japanese A ARTS2631or equivalent
ARTS3632 Professional Japanese A ARTS3631 or equivalent

ARTS3641 Commercial Japanese

ARTS3631, ARTS3632, ARTS3633 or equivalent

How will I know which course(s) to enrol to after submitting the placement questionnaire?

An email will be sent to your UNSW email account notifying you your starting course(s). Further instructions about enrolling to your starting course(s) will be included in the email.

If you have not receive any notification to your student email account 7 working days after submitting your questionnaire, please email hal@unsw.edu.au quoting your student number.

What is the latest date for me to submit the questionnaire?

You should submit the questionnaire no later than Friday 22 February, 2018.  However the sooner you complete the questionnaire the sooner you can finalise your enrolment and ensure you are enrolled in the most convenient class times.

What should I do if I wish to make enquirers after Friday 22 February, 2018?

Please contact Placement Coordinator in Japanese Studies, Ms Sumiko Iida s.iida@unsw.edu.au

Can I enrol to Japanese courses if I am from another Faculty or School?

Students who wish to undertake language courses to fulfil elective course requirements should ensure that these courses count towards the requirement of their degree programs with the relevant Program Authority.

What happens if I am placed in a class that is not appropriate to my language level?

It is possible for students to request course enrolment change if they find the course that they are placed in is either too difficult or too easy. However, such change is subject to the approval of Course Convenor, and must be finalised by Friday, Week 2 of Semester.

The procedures for requesting course enrolment changes are as follows: Students must attend the classes (lecture, tutorials and seminars) of the course that they are placed AND the course they wanted to enrol to in Week 1-2. If you still want to enrol to your original choice after attending all classes of both courses, please consult the Course Co-ordinator of your original preference.

NOTE: All requests of course enrolment changes will not be considered after Week 2 unless legitimate reasons are provided.

Can I change to a lower level language course if the course that I am placed in is not suitable for my class schedule?

No. Students are placed in courses on the basis of their language proficiency/knowledge in Japanese. If the recommended starting course does not fit into your class schedule, please seek alternative courses in other areas of study.

Where can I get further information?

For further general enquiries, please contact: 


School of Humanities and Languages
Level 2, Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Email: hal@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: 9385 1681

For further academic advice please contact:

Dr Sumiko Iida
Morven Brown Building, Level 2, office 272.
Telephone: 9385 3745
Email: s.iida@unsw.edu.au