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Japanese Language and Culture Program

※The application of 2019 Winter Term Program was closed.
  The information of 2019-2020 Program will be posted early in December, 2018.

"Be a Successful Japanese Learner"

 If your are interested in participating in the 2019 Seven-Week Winter Term Program, please complete the online application form and online Japanese Comprehension Checklist by Octorber 19th, 2018.
Please send inquires to the following email address:
E-mail:japanese(a)acc.senshu-u.ac.jp
*In order to avoid receiving spam emails, the above email address is purposely written using “(a)” instead of “@”. Therefore, we kindly ask that you replace “(a)” with “@” when sending an email to this address.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

Program Outline

Click on the boxes for more information about each Japanese class level.

Prerequisites for the Japanese Language and Culture Program

Applicants must have completed 12 years of education or be a university student (or have equivalent qualifications) before applying.

Purpose of the Japanese Language and Culture Program

This program aims to develop participants’ Japanese language proficiency and cultural competency via practical exercises/activities that foster language acquisition. Students will have opportunities to converse with Japanese students (“class visitors”) and give presentations in Japanese in order to improve their working knowledge of the language.

Overview of Classes

To ensure that teachers are able to provide personal feedback to each student, the class sizes are purposely made small (averaging 10 students per class). Class size is subject to change depending on the results of the online Japanese Comprehension Checklists.
 

Class Style

9:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. (four periods composed of four successive 50 minute sessions)
Monday through Friday.

Field Trips and Cultural Lessons

The following activities are scheduled for certain afternoons during the program and are subject to change depending on the term.
• Edo-Tokyo Museum
• Kabuki plays
• Japanese calligraphy
• One-day trip to Kamakura (large statue of Buddha)
• Origami class
• Tea Ceremony
• Ghibli Museum
• Virtual earthquake simulator (for training and preparedness)
• Overnight trip to Hakone*
*Fall term only

Field Trips and Cultural Lessons

Three-day Home Visit Program (Optional)

Participants in the JCL Program have the option of experiencing a three-day home visit with a Japanese family for one-weekend. Students who wish to participate must pay an additional fee.
Suitable host families are actively recruited with home visits arranged according to availability.

Click here for more.

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Japanese Comprehension Checklist

Upon completing the online application form, applicants will be directed to complete an online Comprehension Checklist. The purpose of this Comprehension Checklist is to assess applicants’ current level of Japanese. Please fill out this checklist without using any dictionaries or other outside assistance. Upon your arrival in Japan, you will be given a final oral and written test to ensure you are placed in the appropriate class level. For more details, please see the "class level".

Please note that if there are less than six applicants for a certain class level based on the results of the online Comprehension Checklist, that class level may not be available.

Supplementary Language

Should a supplementary language be necessary for explanation during the Japanese Class, English will be the only other language used.

Completion Certificates and Grade Reports

Certificates and Grade Reports are given to those who satisfactorily complete the required program tasks and assignments.


EXAMPLE CLASS LEVELS (12-Week Fall Term Course)

J1A [Introductory Level]

Applicants are requested to learn Hiragana (one of the Japanese alphabets) prior to participating in the program.
Objectives・To be able to participate in simple daily conversation
・To be able to talk about oneself and one’s home country
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture
・To be able to read hiragana and katakana
・To be able to recognize about 1000 vocabulary words and 100 kanji
Class Content・Basic grammar for studying introductory level grammar
・Pronunciation, writing, and basic vocabulary
・Reading and writing simple sentences
・Listening and speaking
・Understanding Japanese culture
NoteThe level of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

J1B/J1C [Beginner Level]

Objectives・To be able to engage in basic daily conversation
・To be able to discuss topics of interest
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture
・To be able to recognize about 1,500 vocabulary words and 250 kanji
Class Content・Introductory level grammar points
・Pronunciation, vocabulary, and kanji
・Reading and writing simple paragraphs
・Listening and speaking
・Understanding Japanese culture
NoteThe level of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

J2 [Lower Intermediate Level]

Objectives・To be able to discuss topics of interest and express one's opinion using complex sentences
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture
・To be able to recognize about 3,000 vocabulary words and 500 kanji
Class Content・Identify and expand one's knowledge of basic grammar points
・Pronunciation, vocabulary, and kanji
・Read and write slightly more sophisticated paragraphs
・Listening and speaking
・Conduct research and give presentations in Japanese
・Understanding Japanese culture
NoteThe level of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

J3 [Intermediate Level]

Objectives・To be able to summarize and express one's ideas and opinions
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture
・To be able to recognize about 5,000 vocabulary words and 900 kanji
Class Content・Slightly more sophisticated grammar points and expressions
・Read short stories and essays
・Listening, speaking, and writing
・Conduct research and give presentations in Japanese
・Understanding Japanese culture
NoteThe level of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

J4 [Advanced Level]

Objectives・To be able to communicate a summary of what one has read or heard using materials such as newspapers, etc.
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture
・To be able to recognize about 8,000 vocabulary words and 1,400 kanji
Class Content・Understanding how to structure logical writing and speeches
・Read simple newspaper articles
・Listening, speaking, and writing
・Conduct research and give presentations in Japanese
・Understanding Japanese culture
NoteThe level of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

J5 [Upper Advanced Level]

Objectives・To be able to summarize what one has read or heard using materials such as newspapers, books, videos etc. and deliver an opinion based on the content
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture
・To be able to recognize about 10,000 vocabulary words and 2,000 kanji
Class Content・Understanding how to structure writing and speeches
・Read newspaper articles
・Listening, speaking, and writing
・Conduct research and give presentations in Japanese
・Understanding Japanese culture
NoteThe level of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

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"Japanese Language and Culture Program",  class atmosphere (1) of the Japanese language course

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"Japanese Language and Culture Program", hearing  from participants in the Japanese language course

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