Curriculum

Comprehensive Japanese: (JLSP・JLP Common Compulsory)

This course comprises compulsory courses aimed at comprehensively raising students’ Japanese language reading/writing/listening/speaking proficiency. Courses are divided into 5 levels (A-E) and students study Japanese intensively in small classes of their levels for 150 hours during the term. Up to the Intermediate level, courses are based on textbooks and students comprehensively improve their overall Japanese language proficiency. At the Advanced level, there are separate classes for each language skill (reading/writing/listening/speaking/grammar) and different textbooks and materials are used to enable students to acquire an even higher level of Japanese language proficiency. Activities outside the classroom and discussions with Japanese-speaking volunteers are conducted to enable students to use and practice the Japanese language skills they have learned.

Elective Japanese: (JLSP・JLP Common Elective)

3 different levels (P-R) comprising 13 elective courses are placed so that students are able to improve their Japanese language proficiency in each language skill area (reading/writing/listening/speaking/grammar). At the Superior level, students learn academic Japanese, which is required for studies at a Japanese universities or graduate schools. Students are able to choose subjects freely in accordance with their needs and interests.

Japan Studies: (JLSP Compulsory)

Japan Studies Courses are compulsory courses taught in English, aimed at helping students enhance their knowledge of Japanese society, culture and people and think introspectively about questions they may have. Students attend lectures and participate in discussions on the Japanese economy, Japanese behavioral patterns, Japanese art (film, Kabuki theater), and various other subjects. Through hands-on experiences such as practicing Kendo, tea ceremony, and other traditional Japanese activities, students are able to further deepen their understanding of Japanese culture.

Intercultural Experience: (JLSP Compulsory)

The aim of this course is to encourage students to acquire the sense of intercultural literacy as well as global perspective by interacting with their surroundings of things and humans. Intercultural Experience courses are targeted at raising the awareness of students’ views on Japanese, their own and friends’ cultures and giving the students new perspectives through the following 3 opportunities to actually experience Japanese society and culture while fostering friendship with the volunteers.

○Visit to Life Safety Learning Center: With a view to better understanding Japan’s geographical characteristics, students learn about the prevalence of earthquakes, fires, and typhoons in Japan and experience simulations of how to respond in case any of these events occurs.

○Study Tour: The aim of this trip is to enable students to come in contact with Japanese history and nature. The tour visits historically significant places such as Hakone and Kamakura, where students can see temples, shrines, and other historical landmarks and experience Zazen meditation and other practices, as well as enjoy viewing volcanic activity, autumn leaves, and other aspects of Japanese nature. During the Study tour, each student is accompanied by a Nihon University student volunteer “buddy” to deepen their cultural exchange.

○Seeing a Kabuki Performance: To enable students to better understand traditional Japanese culture, they attend a performance of Kabuki. Through this experience, students can deepen their understanding of the “sophistication” of traditional Japanese culture and how Japanese people enjoy their culture.

How to take the courses explained above is decided by the programs. Please see the Table.

JLSP JLP
Comprehensive Japanese
Elective Japanese
Japan Studies ○ ×
Intercultural Experience ○ ×
◎:JLSP・JLP Common Compulsory △:JLSP・JLP Common Elective ○:JLSP Compulsory