Japanese Language Programs (JLP)
Master Japanese Language and Broaden your World
Studying at ICU will be a thrilling and enriching experience. It will broaden your possibilities and open up the doors for your future.
From its founding days, Japanese Language Programs (JLP) has been providing Japanese language courses to ICU students as part of College of Liberal Arts. There are around 150 students from about 20 different countries enrolled in JLP courses at any one time, including degree-seeking regular 4 year students, one year exchange students, and graduate students. It is an opportunity for both international students and Japanese students to become proficient in Japanese.
JLP aims to facilitate students to gain functional communication competence in Japanese. The goal of JLP is to equip students with proficiency of Japanese language that will enable them to pursue academic studies in ICU. JLP hopes to provide the foundation upon which tudents can fulfill their potentials in current dynamic and diversified world.
THE STRUCTURE OF JAPANESE LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
Note: Not all courses are offered every term. Please check "List of Courses" for course availabilities.
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You are expected to have familiarized yourself with the basic script Hiragana before joining JLP.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS ( Note: some of the courses may not be offered.)
All students with previous knowledge of Japanese must take the placement test, which is conducted during the university orientation program. Students who will learn Japanese as a foreign language will take the general placement test and students who will learn Japanese as a first or heritage language will take the Special Japanese placement test.
Japanese as a Foreign Language
There are two programs for <Japanese as a Foreign Language> track, the Intensive Japanese Program and the Japanese Program. Both programs cover all language skills, and students are expected to actively participate in classes which are kept relatively small. There are tutorial sessions where students can receive individual attention. In addition, there is the less intense Step by Step Program for elementary level. The graduation requirement is to complete up to J7:Japanese.
Students without previous knowledge of Japanese are welcome to pursue a degree at ICU. However, in order to graduate ICU in 4 years, it is highly recommended taking the Intensive Japanese program to fulfill the graduation requirement, which will be a maximum of 35 credits.
Intensive Japanese Program
It is designed to complete basic to intermediate level in 3 terms, at double the pace of the Japanese Program. The Intensive Program meets 4 days a week totaling 15 periods a week carrying 10 credits a term. In addition to the Intensive Japanese course, students can take a course offered under the College of Liberal Arts.
- Intensive Japanese A gives foundation of the Japanese language, including the kana scripts and about 250 kanji. By the end of this course students should be able to express themselves in both spoken and written form at a level necessary for simple daily life. (Autumn term only)
- Intensive Japanese B provides a smooth transition from the basic to intermediate level with more emphasis on reading and writing. By the end of this course students have mastered the basic-level Japanese, 600 kanji and skills to communicate effectively in daily life. (Autumn and Winter terms only)
- Intensive Japanese C provides training in the second half of the intermediate level Japanese, total of about 1000 kanji and uses authentic materials from a variety of academic fields. By the end of this course students should be able to apply Japanese in wider social context.
It is designed to give students a firm foundation in communication skills, in both spoken and written Japanese. The Japanese Program meets 3 days a week totaling 8 periods a week carrying 5 credits a term. In addition to the Japanese course, students can take other courses offered under the College of Liberal Arts.
- J1: Japanese is the first stage of beginners' course focusing on communication activities relevant to the learners themselves and their immediate surroundings. Upon completion of this course, students should have acquired essential grammar, vocabulary, kana and 100 kanji. (Autumn term only)
- J2: Japanese is the second stage of beginners' course focusing on interactive communication activities which learners encounter. Upon completion of this course, students should have acquired further basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, and 150 additional kanji. (Autumn and Winter terms)
- J3: Japanese is the last stage of beginners' course focusing on communication activities relevant to social contexts which learners encounter. Upon completion of this course, students should have mastered basic Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and a total of 400 kanji.
- J4: Japanese is the first stage of intermediate course aimed at developing a good balance in the four skills, through excerpts from contemporary authors and newspapers on topics on society and culture that are familiar or of personal interest. Approximately 200 new kanji, vocabulary, expressions are presented.
- J5: Japanese is the second stage of intermediate course aimed at applying the four skills, through excerpts from contemporary authors and newspapers on topics on society and culture. Approximately 200 further kanji, vocabulary and expressions are introduced.
- J6: Japanese is the last stage of intermediate course aimed to prepare the students for the advanced level Japanese course through wide range of topics on society and culture including academic fields of interest. Approximately 200 new kanji, vocabulary and expressions are introduced.
After completing Intensive Japanese C or J6: Japanese or the equivalent, students are eligible to take these advanced level courses. These courses are designed to prepare the students for effective participation in university classes taught in Japanese.
Japanese: Step by Step Program
Designed to develop everyday communication competence in Japanese and provide practical skills to help university life. It has 4 levels at elementary stage, each consisting of 4 class periods a week and counts for 3 credits.
Note: This Program will NOT be counted towards graduation language requirement for 4 year Regular and Transfer students
- Step by Step 1 (CEFR A1) By the end of this course, students will be able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. Students will learn to read and write kana and about 50 kanji.
- Step by Step 2 (CEFR A1) By the end of this course, students will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Students will learn additional 50 kanji.
- Step by Step 3 (CEFR A2) By the end of this course, students will be able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Students will learn additional 50 kanji.
- Step by Step 4 (CEFR A2) By the end of this course, students will be able to understand and use sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance. Students will learn additional 50 kanji, totaling 200 kanji in this program.
Japanese as a First / Heritage Language
Special Japanese Program
Special Japanese Program is mainly for native/heritage speakers of Japanese who can communicate orally but lack literacy skill in Japanese. If you use Japanese language at home with family members regularly, then you may be on this track. The goal of Special Japanese Program is to facilitate students gain sufficient Japanese competence and academic skills to participate in ICU classes and lead university life with ease. Students will be placed in courses according to the placement test. Unless exempted from Special Japanese courses, the graduation requirement is to complete Special Japanese 3 and Kanji 3 which will be a maximum 17 credits.
- Special Japanese Core Course provides basic knowledge of Japanese culture/customs and academic skills necessary for Japanese university life. All students on this track must take this course and it meets 1 period in Autumn term with 1 credit.
- Introduction to Japanese for First / Heritage Language Speakers will serve as the foundation for continuous learning of Japanese at JLP. It will focus on basic linguistic knowledge as well as study skills. This course meets 4 periods a week with 3 credits. (Autumn term only)
- Special Japanese 1 is the first of three stages of Special Japanese Program, and it aims to provide reading skills focusing on structure and keywords, presentation both written and orally of summaries and one's opinions in appropriate manner. It meets 6 periods a week with 4 credits. (Autumn and Winter terms)
- Special Japanese 2 is the second stage of Special Japanese Program, and it consists of reading various text from different fields, writing reports and making oral presentations. It meets 5 periods a week with 3 credits.
- Special Japanese 3 is the third stage of Special Japanese Program, and it focuses on reading diverse texts with purposes, and writing essays using appropriate sources. It meets 3 periods a week with 3 credits.
- Readings in Japanese (elective) is for students who have completed Special Japanese 3 or the equivalent. Through reading wide range of long and complex texts, students will develop critical reading and strengthen proficiency in Japanese. It meets 3 periods a week with 3 credits. (Winter term only)
- Academic Writing in Japanese (elective) is for students who have completed Special Japanese 3 or the equivalent. It focuses on writing with clear argument, expanding one's point of view using appropriate structure, format and sophisticated Japanese. It meets 3 periods a week with 3 credits. (Autumn and Spring terms)
|Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ)|
Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ) is an intensive six-week program with more than 40 years' history. Starting in early July, it provides a stimulating environment in which university/college students can increase their understanding of the Japanese language and culture. About 100 students from 15 or so countries/regions participate in the SCJ every summer. In addition to the program's 15 weekly periods of intensive Japanese language instruction, the course also offers cultural programs. In content, method and rigor, the SCJ courses are equivalent to ICU regular term courses. Students in the SCJ program stay in dormitories on campus or with Japanese families off campus to experience life in Japan.
Japanese Language Programs (staff and faculty offices) are located in the first floor of the Educational and Research Building 2 (ERB-2).
Tel: 0422-33-3191(from abroad, +81-422-33-3191)
Fax: 0422-33-3631(from abroad, +81-422-33-3631)
Summer Courses in Japanese
Tel: 0422-33-3501(from abroad, +81-422-33-3501)
Fax: 0422-33-3631(from abroad, +81-422-33-3631)