(offered fall and spring)

Japanese Language Courses

The Japanese language classes are divided into two distinct categories: required "Japanese" courses and elective "Kanji and Readings" courses. These courses are taught by a full complement of native Japanese language instructors who combine years of experience with a unique ability to teach a language that has been viewed as one of the most difficult languages to learn.

Japanese(5 semester credits each)

The "Japanese" courses are required of all program participants to equip them with four major skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading). Each 90-minute class meets three times a week and is limited to 10-15 students per class. This permits instructors to devote a great deal of individual attention to each student. In addition to classroom instruction, most students spend a great deal of time in the computer labs, where they are able to learn on an individual basis with the aid of audio materials, films, and computer programs, developed by Kansai Gaidai Japanese language instructors.

Japanese Language Courses

Japanese 1

The first level of Japanese for beginners who have no formal training in the language. This course aims mainly at the development of speaking and listening skills, but also writing in hiragana, katakana and basic kanji. Approximately 300 vocabulary words will be introduced. At the end of the course, successful students will be able to function in Japanese in everyday situations such as making requests, stating reasons, describing things, etc. Also, approximately 40 kanji will be introduced. This course will cover Lessons 1 through 6 of Genki I second edition.

Japanese 2

Prerequisite: Japanese 1 (or its equivalent)

The second level of elementary Japanese. New students must pass a placement test in order to enroll. Students must show fluency in speaking simple sentences. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to adequately handle everyday conversation to meet basic communication needs in Japanese, including expressing opinions, and talking about experiences and giving advice. Also, approximately 70 kanji will be introduced. This course will cover Lessons 6 through 12 of Genki I second edition.

Japanese 3

Prerequisite: Japanese 2 (or its equivalent)

The third level of elementary Japanese. Students will continue to develop their Japanese from the foundational skills established in the elementary level courses. The course focuses on extensive speaking and listening practice, introducing vocabulary, grammar and expressions. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to adequately handle everyday conversation in Japanese, including saying what you can or cannot do, explaining about people or things in detail, apologizing, talking about hopes and wishes, and conveying hearsay. Also, approximately 90 kanji will be introduced. This course will cover Lessons 13 through 18 of Genki II second edition.

Japanese 4

Prerequisite: Japanese 3 (or its equivalent)

The fourth level of elementary Japanese. New students must pass a placement test in order to enroll. This course aims mainly to develop speaking and listening skills, but part of the class time is spent on practicing kanji characters. At the end of the course, successful students will have developed the skills of using various expressions needed in various situations commonly encountered in Japanese daily life, including honorific and humble expressions. Also, approximately 100 kanji will be introduced. This course will cover Lessons 18 through 23 of Genki II second edition.

Japanese 5

Prerequisite: Japanese 4 (or its equivalent)

The first level of intermediate Japanese. The course will lay the foundation for one to two years of undergraduate level study. Students will develop a wide range of both speaking skills (especially focusing on casual speech) in daily life, and reading skills in reading materials mainly prepared for learners of Japanese. The course requires students to make a mini-speech and to give a presentation (or to make a short movie [skit-performance]). Students should be able to recognize approximately 300 kanji characters and are required to study and be able to read kanji that are in the textbook by themselves during the semester.

Textbook: An original textbook developed by Kansai Gaidai is used.

Japanese 6

Prerequisite: Japanese 5 (or its equivalent)

The second level of intermediate Japanese. The course will lay the foundation for three to four years of undergraduate level study. It will develop both communication skills in spoken Japanese and reading skills in written Japanese to the point where students can deal with a wide range of academic topics and with basic facts about Japanese business, culture and society, etc. Up-to-date audio-visual materials including Japanese TV programs are used, and the major portion of classes will be spent on discussions, presentations, debates or speeches. Students should be able to recognize approximately 500 kanji and required to study by themselves new kanji that are in the packets during the semester.

Textbook: Packets are prepared by the Kansai Gaidai language faculty.

Japanese 7

Prerequisite: Japanese 6 (or its equivalent)

The first level of advanced Japanese. This course emphasizes the development of active conversational skills as well as the expansion of expressions and vocabulary necessary for conversation and discussions with Japanese native speakers. This course will cover academic and formal topics and expressions, and additionally, colloquial and casual expressions, for which audio-visual materials such as movies will be employed. Students should be able to recognize approximately 900 kanji and are required to study by themselves new kanji that are in the textbooks during the semester.

Japanese 8A/B

Prerequisite: Japanese 7 (or its equivalent)

Japanese 8A is offered in the fall semester and Japanese 8B is offered in the spring semester. They are offered with different course materials. This is the advanced Japanese language course for those who have already passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1 or its equivalent. The schedule is designed to prepare students for professional careers where a high level of Japanese proficiency is required. Students should be able to recognize and produce approximately 1,400 kanji. The Joyo Kanji (2,136 kanji) will be regularly used during the semester. The course aims at developing a higher level of competency in listening, speaking, reading and writing Japanese through discussion, debate and directed research on various social/cultural topics. By performing these activities, students will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Japanese culture and society. Audio-visual materials are used to further develop and refine listening and speaking skills. Individual projects and essays will be assigned.
(Authentic materials such as Japanese TV news, drama, documentaries or films will be used throughout the semester.)

Kanji & Readings(3 semester credits each)

The 90-minute elective "Kanji and Readings" courses, which meet two times a week, are designed to accelerate acquisition of skills in particular areas focused on writing kanji, reading authentic Japanese readings and so on.

Kanji and Readings 1

The first level of reading and writing Japanese. This course is for those who are enrolled in Japanese 1. No prior knowledge of written Japanese is necessary. This course aims at developing reading and writing skills in Japanese on simple everyday topics such as diaries, messages, and letters. Approximately 60 kanji will be introduced during the course. This course will cover Lessons 1 through 6 of the Reading and Writing section of Genki I second edition.

Kanji and Readings 2

Prerequisite: Kanji and Readings 1 (or its equivalent)

The second level of reading and writing Japanese. This course is for those who are enrolled in Japanese 2 or higher level. Students should be able to read and write hiragana, katakana and about 40 basic kanji. Approximately 150 more kanji will be introduced during the course. We will read articles in the style of letters, diaries, etc. This course will cover Lessons 3 through 11 of Kanji Look and Learn textbook and workbook.

Kanji and Readings 3

Prerequisite: Kanji and Readings 2 (or its equivalent)

The third level of reading and writing Japanese. This course is for those who are enrolled in Japanese 3 or higher level. Students should be able to read/write approximately 200 kanji. Approximately 160 more kanji will be introduced during the semester. Besides practicing reading/writing kanji, we will read various articles such as letters, diaries, essays, and so forth. We will also practice writing on topics related to the reading materials. This course will cover Lessons 12 through 21 of Kanji Look and Learn textbook and workbook.

Kanji and Readings 4

Prerequisite: Kanji and Readings 3 (or its equivalent)

The fourth level of reading and writing Japanese. This course is for those who are enrolled in Japanese 4 or higher level. Students must hold an understanding of basic Japanese grammar. In this class, students will be using basic grammar tools to focus on reading and writing on various topics, while expanding their kanji and vocabulary. About 170 more kanji will be introduced during the semester. We will read materials, including a biography, an advertisement and a questionnaire. We will also practice writing on topics related to the reading materials. This course will cover Lessons 22 through 32 of Kanji Look and Learn textbook and workbook.

Kanji and Readings 5

Prerequisite: Kanji and Readings 4 (or its equivalent)

This course is the first level of intermediate reading and writing Japanese, and is suitable for preliminary preparations for Level 2 (N2) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Students should be able to recognize and produce approximately 500 kanji characters. This course aims at developing reading skills especially focused on essays, novels, newspaper, and editorials. Students will also learn approximately 370 kanji characters and 1,000 vocabulary words.

Textbook: Nihongo so-matome N2 Dokkai and Nihongo so-matome N2 Kanji.

Kanji and Readings 6

Prerequisite: Kanji and Readings 5 (or its equivalent)

This course is an early to intermediate stage for the advanced reading and writing Japanese. Students should be able to recognize and produce approximately 800 kanji characters. This course aims at developing reading skills especially focused on essays, novels, newspaper, and editorials to the extent of passing the Japanese Proficiency Test Level 2. Students will also learn a total of approximately 350 and 1,000 words composed of kanji through being exposed to many common signs and sentences by the end of the semester.

Textbook: Nihongo so-matome N2 Dokkai and Nihongo so-matome N2 Kanji.

Kanji and Readings 7

Prerequisite: Kanji and Readings 6 (or its equivalent)

This course is an early to intermediate stage for the advanced reading and writing Japanese and is suitable for preliminary preparations for Level 1 (N1) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Students should be able to recognize and produce approximately 900 kanji characters. More kanji characters (about 500) from the Joyo Kanji (2,136 kanji) will be introduced. Students are required to read authentic reading materials such as novels, essays, newspaper articles and book chapters. Students should develop their writing skills to be able to present their critical opinions related to the assigned reading topics.

Textbook: Nihongo so-matome N1 Dokkai and Nihongo so-matome N1 Kanji (Authentic materials such as Japanese newspapers, magazines, essays and novels will be used as supplementary readings).

Kanji and Readings 8A/B

Prerequisite: Kanji and Readings 7 (or its equivalent)

Kanji and Readings 8A is offered in the fall semester and Kanji and Readings 8B is offered in the spring semester. They are offered with different course materials. This is the advanced reading and writing Japanese course and is suitable for students who are at around Level 1 (N1) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Students should be able to recognize and produce approximately 1,400 kanji. The Joyo Kanji (2,136 kanji) will be regularly used during the semester. This course aims at developing academic writing skills in Japanese in more serious and academic topics. Students are required to read authentic materials such as novels, essays, editorials, and so forth, and to write short articles/essays about the topics related to their reading.

Textbook: Nihongo so-matome N1 Dokkai and Nihongo so-matome N1 Kanji (Authentic materials such as Japanese newspapers, magazines, essays or novels will also be used throughout the semester).