Japanese Language and Culture Program

【Notice】
We have closed registration for the 2021 Four-Week Summer Term JLC Program.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via 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.
Given the current situation regarding COVID-19, we are considering the possibility cancelling in-person classes for the JLC Program and instead offering online classes. We appreciate your understanding.
*Due to the global spread of COVID-19, we unfortunately canceled Spring Term JLC Program in 2021.

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 (maximum of 12 students). 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(Winter term only)
• Tea Ceremony
• Virtual earthquake simulator (for training and preparedness)(Summer term only)
• Overnight trip to Oyama(Fall term only)
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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.

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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, and talk about oneself and one’s country of origin
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture



Class Content
・Introductory level grammar points
・Simple daily conversation and listening
・Reading and writing simple sentences and paragraphs
・Hiragana and Katakana (Japanese alphabets), and basic pronunciation
・Basic vocabulary and 100 Kanji characters
・Presentation
・Understanding Japanese culture

Teaching Materials
・Daichi I (3A Corporation) Lesson 1–19
・Hiragana and Katakana Practice Workbook (original)
・Combined Grammar Listening Elementary 1 (3A Corporation) Lesson 1–19
・Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I Kanji (3A Corporation) Unit 1–9
NoteThe content of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

J1B[Beginner Level]

Objectives・To be able to engage in basic daily conversation, and talk about familiar topics
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture


Class Content
・Lower beginner level grammar points
・Basic daily conversation and listening
・Reading and writing simple paragraphs
・Basic vocabulary and 160 Kanji characters
・Presentation
・Understanding Japanese culture


Teaching Materials
・Daichi I (3A Corporation) Lesson 14 –22
・Daichi II (3A Corporation) Lesson 23–28
・Combined Grammar Listening Elementary 1 (3A Corporation) Lesson 14–22
・Combined Grammar Listening Elementary 2 (3A Corporation) Lesson 23–28
・Basic Kanji Book Vol.1 (Bonjinsha) Lesson 8–20
NoteThe content of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

J1C[Upper Beginner Level]

Objectives・To be able to engage in basic daily conversation, and talk about familiar topics
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture


Class Content
・Upper beginner level grammar points
・Basic daily conversation and listening
・Reading and writing simple paragraphs
・Basic vocabulary and 160 Kanji characters
・Presentation
・Understanding Japanese culture

Teaching Materials
・Daichi II (3A Corporation) Lesson 23–38
・Combined Grammar Listening Elementary 2 (3A Corporation) Lesson 23–38
・Basic Kanji Book Vol. 2 (Bonjinsha) Lesson 23–36
*Spring Course: Situational Spoken Japanese (Senshu original)
NoteThe content of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

J2 [Lower Intermediate Level]

Objectives・To be able to discuss familiar issues, and express one’s opinion
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture


Class Content
・Reinforcement of basic grammar points, and lower intermediate level grammar points
・Daily conversation and listening
・Reading and writing slightly longer paragraphs
・Pronunciation, vocabulary, and 160 Kanji characters
・Simple research presentation
・Understanding Japanese culture

Teaching Materials
・Comprehensive Japanese Practice through Specific Topics– Lower Intermediate (3A Corporation)
・Understanding and Using Japanese (3A Corporation)
・Basic Kanji Book Vol. 2 (Bonjinsha) Lesson 30–42
*Spring Course: Situational Spoken Japanese (Senshu original)
NoteThe content 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



Class Content
・Intermediate level grammar points and expressions
・Expressing one's ideas and opinions
・Listening to slightly longer narration and conversation
・Reading and writing slightly more sophisticated paragraphs
・Pronunciation, vocabulary, and 200 Kanji characters
・Research presentation
・Understanding Japanese culture

Teaching Materials
・Comprehensive Japanese Practice through Specific Topics –Upper Intermediate (3A Corporation)
・Skill-based textbooks
・Japanese for International College/Graduate Students: kanji and vocabulary (Aruku) About 10 lessons from Lesson 1–21
*Spring Course: Functional Spoken Japanese (Senshu original)
NoteThe content of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

J4 [Advanced Level]

Objectives・To be able to summarize simple news and articles, and express one's opinions logically
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture



Class Content
・Advanced Level grammar points and expressions
・Pronunciation and expressions for smooth communication
・Listening to simple news, reading simple articles, and exchanging the information from the materials
・Academic writing
・Vocabulary and 200 Kanji characters
・Research presentation
・Understanding Japanese culture


Teaching Materials
・Comprehensive Japanese Practice through Specific Topics– Advanced(3A Corporation)
・Skill-based textbooks
・Authentic materials (i.e. simple news and articles)
・Japanese for International College/Graduate Students: kanji and vocabulary (Aruku) About 10 lessons from Lesson 15–27
*Spring Course: Japanese Conversation (Senshu original)
NoteThe content of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

J5 [Upper Advanced Level]

Objectives・To be able to summarize news and articles without difficulty in any given situation, and express one's opinions logically
・To deepen one’s understanding of Japanese culture



Class Content
・Upper advanced Level grammar points and expressions
・Expanding one's knowledge of pronunciation and expressions for smooth communication
・Listening to news, reading articles, and exchanging the information from the materials
・Academic writing
・Vocabulary and 200 Kanji characters
・Research presentation
・Understanding Japanese culture

Teaching Materials
・Comprehensive Japanese Practice through Specific Topics (Senshu original)
・Skill-based textbooks
・Authentic materials (i.e. news and articles)
・Japanese for International College/Graduate Students: kanji and vocabulary (Aruku) About 10 lessons from Lesson 28–40
NoteThe content of each class can be adjusted according to the level of applicants.

"class atmosphere" and "hearing from participants"

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

"Japanese Language and Culture Program", class atmosphere (2) of the Japanese language course

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