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Japanese Language and Culture Courses (NEST) for Exchange Students

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Toyo University offers 10 credits of intense Japanese language and culture courses per semester. The goal of the courses is to help the exchange students increase their proficiency to a level that allows them to pursue their academic interests and enjoy campus life to the fullest.
This is the "NEST" (Nihongo for Exchange Students at Toyo) program. Students who have not passed level 1 (N1) or level 2 (N2) of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), are required to take the NEST Program.

Through active participation in NEST, students can expect to be able to:

  1. Meet the needs of daily life by communicating exclusively in Japanese;
  2. Gather, convey, and discuss information about recent events and social issues in Japanese;
  3. Gather, convey, and discuss information related to their academic disciplines in Japanese, using academic vocabulary specific to their fields.

Students are placed in one of four levels of instruction based on the results of a Japanese placement test.

Level Standards, Numbers of Vocabulary and Gramatical Items

2. Course Schedule

Most of the Japanese language courses listed below are taught during period 1 and 2 (9:00-10:30, 10:40-12:10). Afternoons are left open for students to enroll in discipline-specific courses that best match their individual interests.

Japanese Language / Culture Courses Timetable

3. Course Names and Contents

Students are required to enroll in courses at the beginning of each semester. The names of NEST courses are provided below. Instruction materials and learning activities vary according to level.

[Compulsory Courses]
5 courses and 8 credits per semester (10 courses and 16 credits per annum)

Integrated Japanese (4 credits each)

Students increase their overall communicative ability while learning new expressions through activities that involve the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Japanese Reading and Composition (1 credit each)

Students study Japanese expressions and compositional structure through intensive reading and writing. In addition to activities which build on previously learned expressions, students move progressively through more challenging materials.

Kanji Literacy (1 credit each)

Students intensively study kanji (Chinese characters), which are indispensable to understanding the Japanese language. Students systematically study and review kanji that are introduced in the other language courses.

Project Work (1 credit each)

Students gather information on topics of their choice through library research and field surveys. They then analyze the information and present it as written essays and oral presentations. While students may need to learn a limited number of new expressions, they primarily focus on creatively using expressions they have already studied.

Japanese Listening Comprehension (1 credit each)

While intensively working to improve listening comprehension, students study oral expressions used in various daily activities.

[Elective Course]
1 course and 2 credits per semester (2 courses and 4 credits per annum)

Japanese Culture and Society (2 credits each)

Students study various aspects of Japanese life and society through Japanese pop culture.


Introduction to Japanology (2 credits each)

Students learn and think about Japanese language, cultures and society.

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