Course Offerings

Courses offered by the JLP are divided into two: the main track of courses and the lightly loaded ones. The main track consists of Elementary Japanese 1, 2, 3Intermediate Japanese 1, 2, 3 (up to mid-stage Intermediate level) and Advanced Japanese 1, 2, 3 and Advanced 4, 5, 6(late-stage Intermediate to Advanced level). The lightly load courses include Basic Japanese 1, 2, 3 and Basic Japanese 4, 5, 6.

The courses in the main track are designed to develop relatively comprehensive Japanese skills including the reading of kanji (Chinese characters) and to raise the proficiency level of students as high as possible within the limited period of time. The main track courses may be felt intensive, but students with an intention to use the language for professional purposes such as internship, research and business after graduating from IUJ are strongly advised to stay in this track. Many alumni have reported that minimum level required by such students at the time of graduation is completion of Intermediate 3. Students who wish to take Elementary Japanese 1 must be prepared for the qualifying test which asks some basic linguistic knowledge of Japanese. However, those who cannot prepare themselves in advance could start with a 4-Day Intensive Class, which will be explained later, but they must be aware that it requires enormous amount of effort.

Courses in the lightly load track, Basic Japanese 1, 2, 3, and Basic Japanese 4, 5, 6 have been created to provide students with more opportunities to experience Japan by learning Japanese without threatening their study of content courses. The major focus will be on developing oral communication skills. Acquiring basic grammar and developing vocabulary will also be stressed to enhance their communication ability. Kanji are not taught in class because of time constraints.
The JLP also offers Business Japanese 1, 2, 3, which are non-credit course and meet once a week.

The courses offered by the JLP and their relationship with one another are diagramed below.

 

Offering of Basic Japanese 4, 5, 6, Advanced Japanese 4, 5, 6 and Business Japanese 1,2, 3 are subject to change.

The following are rough guidelines concerning what a student can achieve upon completing the course at IUJ.

Students who have completed Advanced Japanese 3 with good standing are expected to:

  1. Be able to pass the N1 level of the New Japanese Language Proficiency Test (hence, NJLPT) in December of the same year, if they have strong kanji background and study hard until December.
  2. Pass the N2 level of the NJLPT.
  3. Obtain advanced-mid/high level in the Oral Proficiency Interview test.



Students who have completed Intermediate Japanese 3 with good standing are expected to:

  1. Be able to pass the N2 level of the NJLPT in December of the same year, if they continue to study rigorously on their own until December.
  2. Obtain intermediate-high/advanced-low level in the Oral Proficiency Interview test.



Students who have completed Elementary Japanese 3 with good standing are expected to:

  1. Pass the N4 level of the NJLPT given in July of the year when you finish studying Japanese.
  2. Pass the N3 level of the NJLPT given in December of the same year, if you continue to study on their own until then.
  3. Obtain intermediate-low/mid level in the Oral Proficiency Interview test.


Students who have completed Basic Japanese 3 with good standing are expected to:

  1. Pass the N5 level of the NJLPT, if they study approximately 100 kanji on their own
  2. Obtain novice-high level in the Oral Proficiency Interview test.


Students who have completed Basic Japanese 6 with good standing are expected to:

  1. Pass the N4 level of the NJLPT, if they study approximately 350 kanji on their own.
  2. Obtain intermediate-low level in the Oral Proficiency Interview test



* In the NJLPT which commenced from 2010, N1 is the equivalent of Level 1 of the old JLPT. Likewise, N2 <– level 2, N3 <– between 2nd and 3rd level, N4 <– 3rd level, N5 <– 4th level.

Brief Course Descriptions The Japanese language courses are offered as electives. Whether the credits taken from Japanese courses are counted toward graduation will depend on programs. Please refer to a handbook which will be given to you upon your arrival. (Please note that the Intensive Japanese Classes will be offered in mid-September for those students with no or little knowledge of Japanese. For details please refer to page 7.) 


[Main Track]

Elementary Japanese 1 [fall]
[Pre-requisite: Knowledge of hiragana and katakana (Japanese alphabets)”, numbers, some time phrases (including names of months, of days of the week, and of days of a month) and basic expressions with verbs, adjectives and nouns as their main predicates. See qualifying test on page 6.]
Be able to briefly describe some of one’s actions in daily life. Be able to make simple requests. (4.5 periods/week including a kanji session. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 35.)
Elementary Japanese 2 [winter]
[Pre-requisite: Elementary Japanese 1 or equivalent.] Be able to express one’s intention, various judgments and their reasons in daily situations. Be able to express something that is not actually happening. (4.5 periods/week including a kanji session. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 35.)
Elementary Japanese 3 [spring]
[Pre-requisite: Elementary Japanese 2 or equivalent.] Be able to talk about familiar matters, and also carry on conversations in specific situations to fulfill daily tasks such as leaving messages on the phone, seeking advice and showing the way. Start using honorific expressions. Be able to read 3 to 4 paragraph simple stories with some help of a dictionary. Be able to get the meaning and reading of a kanji word by using a dictionary. (4 periods/week. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 35.)
Intermediate Japanese 1 [fall]
[Pre-requisite: Elementary Japanese 3 or equivalent. See qualifying test on page 6.] If provided with the necessary vocabulary, be able to talk on general issues of culture. Be able to converse in formal circumstances using limited honorific language. (5 periods/week. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 35.)
Intermediate Japanese 2 [winter]
[Pre-requisite: Intermediate Japanese 1 or equivalent] Read and understand a page long document, and express one’s own opinion based on the reading. Be able to express oneself at a brief interview session. (5 periods/week. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 35.)
Intermediate Japanese 3 [spring]
[Pre-requisite: Intermediate Japanese 2 or equivalent] Be able to control the level of formality suitable for the given situation. Be able to discuss and exchange ideas based on a one-page reading. (5 periods/week. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 35.)
Advanced Japanese 1, 2, 3 [fall, winter, spring respectively]
[Pre-requisite for Advanced 1: Intermediate Japanese 3 or equivalent. See qualifying test on page 6.] Be able to gather information through various Japanese media (e.g. newspapers, journals, TV, radio, Internet) and use them for presentations and discussions. Be able to choose vocabulary and expressions most appropriate to linguistic and social context. (4 periods/week. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 15.)
Advanced Japanese 4, 5, 6 [fall, winter spring respectively] (subject to budget)
[Pre-requisite for Advanced 4: Advanced Japanese 3 or equivalent. See qualifying test on page 6.] This course aims at developing vocabulary and expressions through reading textbook, newspapers, magazines, and other selected materials. It also aims at explaining or discussing abstract as well as concrete topics. (2 periods/week, 1 credit)



[Light-Load Track]

Basic Japanese 1, 2, 3 [fall, winter, spring respectively]
[Pre-requisite for Basic Japanese 1: “Hiragana” (Japanese alphabets) and numbers. See qualifying test on page 6]. Be able to handle basic everyday conversation. Be able to express briefly such things as one’s desires, intentions, simple judgments and reasons. (3 periods/week. 0.5 credit. Maximum number of students is 35. )
Basic Japanese 4, 5, 6 [fall, winter, spring respectively] (subject to change)
[Pre-requisite for Basic Japanese 4: Basic Japanese 3 or equivalent. See qualifying test on pages 6 and 7] By the end of Basic Japanese 6, one will reach virtually the same level of proficiency as Elementary Japanese 3 in terms of listening and speaking. Kanji (Chinese characters) are not taught due to time constraints. (2 periods/week. 0.5 credit. Maximum number of students is 20.)
Business Japanese 1, 2, 3 [fall, winter, spring respectively] (subject to change)
This course is primarily designed to help those students who look for jobs in Japan and would like to develop skills to write emails, make telephone calls, and other useful communication. In addition, a mock interview is conducted.
Preparatory courses for JLPT N1 / N2 [ winter and spring in continuation ] (subject to change)
[Pre-requisite for N1 course: The students must possess Advanced level of proficiency and plan to take N1. There is no qualifying test for the course. ] (One period /week)
[Pre-requisite for N2 course: The students must possess Intermediate level of proficiency and plan to take N2. There is no qualifying test for the course. ] (One period /week)

 


These courses are for those who wish to prepare for either N1 or N2 level of Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Broadly, the courses will focus on grammatical knowledge and reading comprehension skills.