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Admissions Academic Information/ Syllabus

Academic Information/ Syllabus

In 2020 & 2021, Summer Session in Japanese Language has been cancelled.

For your reference, this page shows the information of the course in 2020 for student recruitment before the course cancellation.


Japanese Language Courses are 3-weeks Intensive and divided to 4 class levels.

・Intensive Japanese 1 (100 level = beginner)
・Intensive Japanese 2 (100 level = intermediate)
・Intensive Japanese 3 (200 level = advanced-intermediate)
・Intensive Japanese 4 (200 level = advanced)

*Students will be placed in levels that are appropriate to their placement score. The class level will be announced on orientation day.

*If you are an absolute beginner and not ready to take the intensive courses, we suggest taking ‘First steps in Japanese’ in the East Asian courses.


Participants can obtain the maximum of 3 credits upon successful completion of the course.

Study hours

100 minutes×3 classes×14 days = 70 hours

Time Table
Period1   9:00-10:40
Period2   10:55-12:35
Period3   13:30-15:10

Class Size

About 20 students
*The number of the class may vary depending on the number of participants.


It is available in the Sophia Book Store located on the basement floor of building 2.
Do not purchase the textbook until your class level is confirmed after the first day of your class. For a complete beginner, you may want to buy it beforehand to prepare for the class.

Syllabus & Instructor's Profile

Japanese 1(302.89 KB)
Prof. Mami TANAKA(74.50 KB)

This course is designed for students with no or little knowledge of the Japanese language. This course focuses on survival Japanese that students can use immediately outside the classroom while learning basic grammatical structures, the Japanese writing systems (i.e., hiragana, katakana, and some kanji), and developing four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. By the end of this course, students are expected to handle a variety of daily conversations and read and write simple texts with hiragana, katakana, and kanji.

Japanese 2(278.81 KB)
Prof. Miharu NITTONO(109.13 KB)

This course is designed for students who have already acquired basic communication skills in Japanese. It aims to establish a stronger foundation of basic functional Japanese grammar and to develop communicative abilities by integrating the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of this course, students will learn how to express their own ideas and opinions effectively in Japanese. Various aspects of traditional and modern Japanese culture will also be incorporated throughout the course. Students will also be expected to recognize and produce approximately 150 new kanji.

Japanese 3(140.66 KB)
Prof. Yumiko NAITO(5.17 KB)

This course is designed for students who have completed basic grammar. It aims to develop language proficiency in Japanese, integrating four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). The materials cover intermediate-level sentence patterns and expressions. Students are expected to become able to talk about life in Japan beyond the level of survival Japanese.

Japanese 4(142.85 KB)
Prof. Mika YAMAGUCHI(56.58 KB)



An official transcript will be issued upon successful completion of the program. It is available in hard copy only. Your official transcript will be sent to the designated address by postal mail by the end of August. * For exchange student, it will be sent to home university.

Online transcript option is not available.

Grading System

The student work is graded according to following table:

Numerical Score
Quality Point
59 and under

Each Grade is assigned a weight called The QUALITY POINT INDEX (QPI).
The number of credits of a course multiplied by QPI is the grade point (GP) of that course.

Transfer Credits

Students expecting to transfer credits to other institutions should secure approval in advance of their course selections from the institution to which they wish to transfer credits. The syllabus and study hours will be helpful to be determined.

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