To cultivate the language skills necessary for interacting with global society and deepening an understanding of different cultures and values, Sophia University offers a variety of language courses and is highly supportive of students simultaneously acquiring multiple languages.
This program aims to help students acquire English language skills like learning and thinking and collaborating with others in English.
Academic Communication (AC) 1 & 2 are required during the first year and incorporate the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) method. In AC1, a spring semester course, students improve their English for Academic Purposes (EAP) skills. In AC2, a fall semester course, students learn academic content in English based on the skills acquired in AC1, thereby developing their critical thinking and collaboration skills.
Students are then free to take elective courses according to their own specialization, needs, and interests to acquire functional English skills.
New students in departments where English is required must undergo an English placement test administered by the Sophia University Center for Language Education and Research immediately after enrollment to be appropriately assigned to one of seven class levels.
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
CLIL is being practiced and researched in many European countries as a new educational method to simultaneously improve knowledge in academic fields and develop language skills. Sophia University is home to the largest CLIL research center in Japan and was one of the first to introduce it into its curriculum. While learning about a variety of topics in English, students develop critical thinking skills, acquire cooperative learning skills, and broaden their international perspectives.
A Wide Variety of Language Courses
Sophia University offers language courses in 22 languages, a truly unique offering. Most students study English and one other language, but many students study three or more languages. The opportunity to study a wide range of languages from a variety of regions is a highly unique feature of Sophia University’s wide range of educational fields and its tradition of global education.
Sophia University’s Language Offerings:
English / Japanese / German / French / Ispania / Italian / Chinese / Korean / Russian / Portuguese / Latin / Indonesian / Filipino / Arabic / Thai / Persian / Cambodian / Burmese / Turkish / Vietnamese / Hindi / Swahili
LLC（Language Learning Commons）
Located on the first floor of Building 6, the LLC supports language learning for undergraduate, graduate, and international students with initiatives to motivate students to learn languages and give back to their classes and fellow students. Books and DVDs can be borrowed to support students who wish to pursue language studies in a variety of ways.
What You Can Do at LLC
- Foreign Language Communication
Small, practical conversational group lessons in a variety of languages to work on speaking and listening skills with a student instructor.
- English Learning Advisor System
Advising students on efficient study methods. For students who wish to study abroad in an English-speaking country or who want to improve their English language skills for their studies and career.
- Beginning Language Learning Advisor
Faculty members in charge of each language provide advice on how to learn a foreign language in general, including preparation for certification exams.
- ALC NetAcademy NEXT
In addition to the four skills of Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking, we offer e-learning materials for comprehensive language learning with the addition of vocabulary and grammar skills. Students can use their smartphones or computers to continuously learn English at their own pace.
- Writing Tutor System
A tutoring program to improve English and Japanese writing skills with senior-level, experienced tutors (Available only for languages in which the student is not native)
- Language Exchange
Lunchtime events where international students learning Japanese and students learning foreign languages can introduce themselves and play games, providing a great opportunity to get to know students from other countries while practicing a foreign language.
John Nissel Cup
The John Nissel Cup, Sophia University’s national English speech contest for high school students, has been held annually since 2011, aiming to help high school students improve their English skills by giving them an opportunity to present their thoughts in English in a public forum.
If the winners of this competition are admitted to Sophia University in the future, they will receive various benefits and support.
John Nissel Cup Scholarship
A scholarship (for all four years) is awarded to the top finishers of the John Nissel Cup
- Benefits Eligibility
Those who place within the first 6 top places for the John Nissel Cup
- Benefits Period
Course period (four years)
※ with continued examination
- Benefits Amount
1st place: full tuition fee amount, 2nd – 3rd place: half tuition fee amount, 4th – 6th place: one-third tuition amount
About the Center for Language Education and Research
The Center for Language Education and Research conducts educational and research activities with the goal of further enriching and developing foreign language education, enabling students to acquire skills in a variety of foreign languages necessary to a globalized world and cultural diversification.
For more information on language education at Sophia University and the latest news on the John Nissel Cup, please visit the Center for Language Education and Research (CLER) website at Sophia University.
Center for Language Education and Research
Tamotsu FUJITA Professor
Chantal HEMMI Professor
Yoshimi HIROYASU Professor
Ayako KITAMURA Professor
Kaoru KOYANAGI Professor
Fuyuki MINE Professor
Takafumi SHIMIZU Professor
Yoshiaki SUGIKI Professor
Wanting HUANG Associate Professor
Yasuhiro IMAI Associate Professor
Ahran KIM Associate Professor
Akiko MASAKI Associate Professor
Itsuki NAGASAWA Associate Professor
Takanori SATO Associate Professor
Yasunori TSUTSUMI Associate Professor
Graham MACKENZIE Associate Professor
Chie URAWA Associate Professor
Katsuya YOKOMOTO Associate Professor
Masako YONEZAWA Associate Professor
Hiroko AIKAWA Lecturer
Alexander BABULALL Lecturer
Garcia CHAMBERS Lecturer
Neale CUNNINGHAM Lecturer
Emi FUKASAWA Lecturer
Brendan GARLAND Lecturer
Sumire HAYASHI Lecturer
Nina KANEMATSU Lecturer
Mayumi KAWASHIMA Lecturer
Koji KOBAYASHI Lecturer
Hiroko KOMATSU Lecturer
Angelina KOVALYOVA Lecturer
Miao LIU Lecturer
Coline MAILLEUX Lecturer
Jason McEVOY Lecturer
Jennifer MORGAN Lecturer
Mika NAGASU Lecturer
Sayaka NAKAJIMA Lecturer
Kiyoshi NOGUCHI Lecturer
Philip PATRICK Lecturer
Matthew SCHAEFER Lecturer
Tokiko SERA Lecturer
Asami SUZUKI Lecturer
Michael WALKER Lecturer