Japanese Language and Culture Courses (NEST)
Toyo University offers 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.
Students who have not passed level 1 (N1) or level 2 (N2) of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), are recommended to take this program.
Through active participation in the program, 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.
|Beginner||For zero beginner students.|
|Ⅰ||For students who are able to use and understand most basic Japanese. Approx. JPLT N5-N4|
|Ⅱ||For students who are able to use and understand most intermediate Japanese. Approx. JLPT N4-N3|
|Ⅲ||For students who are able to use and understand high level Japanese. Approx. JLPT N3-N2|
※Two levels can be combined.
Most of the Japanese language courses listed below are taught during period 1 (9:00-10:30), 2 (10:40-12:10) and 3 (13:00-14:30). Afternoons are left open for students to enroll in discipline-specific courses that best match their individual interests.
Course Names and Contents
Students are required to enroll in courses at the beginning of each semester. The names of the courses are provided below. Instruction materials and learning activities vary according to level.
Japanese for Beginners Theory (2 credits)
Japanese for Beginners Practice (2 credits)
Japanese for Beginners is aimed at Japanese zero-beginners and aims to steadily acquire Japanese pronunciation methods, hiragana/katakana, and basic expressions and grammar at the beginning level. In the Theory <Understanding> class, students will deepen their understanding of letters, vocabulary, and grammar, and in Practice <Activities>, develop the ability to use them. The purpose of this course is to cultivate a foundation that allows international students who have no knowledge of Japanese to develop the minimum level of Japanese ability to study at our university and live in Japan, and to deepen their learning in stages.
Integrated Japanese Theory I – III (2 credits)
Integrated Japanese Practice I – III (2 credits)
Integrated Japanese is aimed at beginner level learners who have basic knowledge of Japanese and aims to steadily acquire basic expressions and grammar. In the Theory <Understanding> class, students will deepen their understanding of letters, vocabulary, and grammar, and in Practice <Activities>, develop the ability to use them. The purpose is to cultivate the foundation for international students to develop their Japanese ability to study at our university and live in Japan, and to deepen their learning in stages.
Japanese Reading I - III (1 credit)
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.
Japanese Listening I - III (1 credit)
While intensively working to improve listening comprehension, students study oral expressions used in various daily activities.
Japanese Writing I – III (1 credit)
Students develop effective and comprehensive writing skills by practicing sentences using words and expressions using kanji.
Project Work (1 credit)
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 Culture and Society (2 credits)
Students study various aspects of Japanese life and society through Japanese culture. Beginner and level Ⅰ students can take this course.
Introduction to Japanology (2 credits)
Students learn and think about Japanese language, cultures and society. Level Ⅱ and Ⅲ students can take this course.
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