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Course:
The Japanese Language program will be offered in both Summer Session 1 and Summer Session 2 from 2018. 
The program consists of the Japanese Language course and the Japanese Langauge and Culture course.

・Japanese Language Course
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)

・Japanese Langauge and Culture(Conducted in English)

Class Size
Around 20 students.(the number of the class may vary depending on the number of participants )

Class Level
There will be four levels of Japanese Language classes. Students will be placed in levels that are appropriate to their placement score. The class level will be announced on orientation day.
Note: The summer Japanese language course in Session 1 is not in conjunction with the course in Session 2 so we don't recommend taking Japanese Language courses in both the Session 1 and 2. It is likely that you will be placed in the same level in both sessions as your class level is determined according to the placement test score you took during the application period. For example, taking Level 1 in Session 1 does not mean you can move automatically to Level 2 in Session 2.
Textbooks
Please refer to the textbook List below and purchase the textbook after your class is announced.
The textbooks for the Japanese Language Course are available at the Sophia Book Store located on the basement floor of Bldg. #2.
Textbook List for Session 1 and Session 2


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Session 1 (June 4-June 29, 2018)
Lecturers’ Profiles:
Japanese 1: Prof. Shogo SAKURAI(5.07 KB) 
Japanese 2: Prof. Yumiko NAITO(5.17 KB)
 
Japanese 3: Prof. Mami TANAKA(65.50 KB)
 
Japanese 4: Prof. Hiroko HINO(58.33 KB)
 
Japanese Language and Culture: Prof. Mami TANAKA(65.50 KB)
 

Session 1 (June 4-June 29, 2018)
Course Descriptions & Objectives
JPZ115: Japanese 1:Prof. Sakurai
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.
Syllabus(593.34 KB) 

JPZ116: Japanese 2:Prof. Naito
This course is designed for students who have already acquired basic communication skills in Japanese. It aims to further remaster basic functional grammar of Japanese and develop communicative abilities, integrating four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We will cover Lesson 13 to 17 of Genki2. By the end of this course, you will learn how to express your own ideas and opinions effectively in Japanese. Approximately 80 kanji for production and recognition will be introduced.
Syllabus(281.05 KB) 

JPZ214: Japanese 3:Prof. Tanaka
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.
Syllabus(1.30 MB) 

JPZ215: Japanese 4: Prof. Hino
このコースは上級の日本語をめざす学習者のためのコースで、中級から上級へ橋渡しをすることを目的としている。日本人の読者のために書かれたものの中から、現在の日本の生活、文化、社会、言語に関する読み物を読めるようにする。また、読んだ内容をまとめて話したり書いたりできるようにする。さらに、習った文型や表現を使い、異文化としての日本社会のさまざまな問題や現象について自分の意見や考えが上手に表現できるようにする。漢字は初級から合計して1000字をめざす。
Syllabus(169.05 KB) 

LNZ200: Japanese Language and Culture: Prof. Tanaka
In this course, students will explore the relationship between the Japanese language and Japanese culture. Students will investigate a variety of topics which are drawn from the fields of anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics of Japanese language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, as well as historical linguistics. The course will also familiarize students with various aspects of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The class is held in English.
Syllabus(480.49 KB) 

Session 2 (July 2-July 27, 2018)
Lecturers’ Profiles
Japanese 1 Prof. Miharu NITTONO(60.03 KB) 
Japanese 2 Prof. Mami TANAKA(65.50 KB)
 
Japanese 3 Prof. Mika YAMAGUCHI(65.50 KB)
 
Japanese 4 Prof. Hiroko HINO(58.33 KB)
 
Japanese Language and Culture: Prof. Mami TANAKA(65.50 KB)
 

Session 2 (July 2-July 27, 2018)
Course Descriptions & Objectives
JPZ115: Japanese 1:Prof. Nittono
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.
Syllabus(589.48 KB) 

JPZ116:Japanese 2:Prof. Tanaka
This course is designed for students who have already acquired basic communication skills in Japanese. It aims to further remaster basic functional grammar of Japanese and develop communicative abilities, integrating four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We will cover Lesson 13 to 17 of Genki2. By the end of this course, you will learn how to express your own ideas and opinions effectively in Japanese. Approximately 80 kanji for production and recognition will be introduced.
Syllabus(248.64 KB) 

JPZ214: Japanese 3:Prof. Yamaguchi
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.
Syllabus(1.29 MB) 

JPZ215: Japanese 4: Prof. Hino
このコースは上級の日本語をめざす学習者のためのコースで、中級から上級へ橋渡しをすることを目的としている。日本人の読者のために書かれたものの中から、現在の日本の生活、文化、社会、言語に関する読み物を読めるようにする。また、読んだ内容をまとめて話したり書いたりできるようにする。さらに、習った文型や表現を使い、異文化としての日本社会のさまざまな問題や現象について自分の意見や考えが上手に表現できるようにする。漢字は初級から合計して1000字をめざす。
Syllabus(170.12 KB) 

LNZ200: Japanese Language and Culture: Prof. Tanaka
In this course, students will explore the relationship between the Japanese language and Japanese culture. Students will investigate a variety of topics which are drawn from the fields of anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics of Japanese language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, as well as historical linguistics. The course will also familiarize students with various aspects of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The class is held in English.
Syllabus(480.49 KB)