International University of Japan / CENTER for LANGUAGE EDUCATION and RESEARCH

LANGUAGE

Japanese Language Program

Brief Course Descriptions

The Japanese Language Program 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 Class will be offered in mid-September for those students with no or little knowledge of Japanese.)

[Main Track]

[Pre-requisite:Knowledge of hiragana, numbers, time phrases. Be able to make simple requests. See qualifying test]
(4.5 periods/week including a kanji session. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 40.)

[Pre-requisite:Elementary Japanese 1 or equivalent.]
Be able to express location of things, various judgments and their reasons in daily situations. Knowledge of basic expressions with verbs, adjectives and nouns as their main predicates.
(4.5 periods/week including a kanji session. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 40.)

[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 40.)

[Pre-requisite:Elementary Japanese 3 or equivalent. See qualifying test]
You will be able to introduce yourself, ask clarification questions in formal situations and talk about topics related to your experience and everyday activities. You will also be able to recognize 400 kanji in total by learning 100 new kanji.
(4 periods/week. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 35.)

[Pre-requisite:Intermediate Japanese 1 or equivalent]
You will be able to request and to decline an offer in formal situations, to explain everyday experience elaborately and talk about it, to comprehend and summarize stories which are short and adjusted, and to recognize 500 kanji in total by learning 100 new kanji.
(4 periods/week. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 35.)

[Pre-requisite:Intermediate Japanese 2 or equivalent]
You will be able to talk in formal situations, using basic honorifics, to make a presentation and talk about everyday activities without preparation and specialized topics with preparation, to comprehend and summarize adjusted readings, not too specialized movie or dialogue, and to recognize 600 kanji upon completion.
(4 periods/week. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 35.)

[Pre-requisite for Advanced 1:Intermediate Japanese 3 or equivalent. See qualifying test]
Be able to gather information through various Japanese media (e.g. newspapers, journals, TV, Internet) and use them for presentations and discussions. Be able to choose vocabulary and expressions most appropriate to linguistic and social context. Be able to recognize about 900~1000 Kanji.
(3 periods/week. 1 credit. Maximum number of students is 15.)

[Pre-requisite for Advanced 4:Advanced Japanese 3 or equivalent. See qualifying test]
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]

[Pre-requisite for Basic Japanese 1:"Hiragana" (Japanese alphabets) and numbers. See qualifying test].
Be able to handle basic everyday conversation. Be able to ask and answer simple questions about something concrete and familiar to them such as their family, friends, things they have, things they did and their plan. Kanji (Chinese characters) are not taught due to time constraints.
(2 periods/week. 0.5 credit. Maximum number of students is 30. )

ビジネス日本語1の必須要件:上級1以上
ビジネス日本語1〜3では主に、日本及び日系企業に就職したいと考えている学生向けに作られています。Eメール、電話、その他のコミュニケーション力を向上するなどのビジネスプラクティスを身につけます。また、模擬面接も行います

Qualifying Tests for Each Course

1. Elementary Japanese 1

The qualifying test for Elementary Japanese 1 concerns recognition and production of hiragana (Japanese alphabets) and numbers (up to 10,000).
Basic greetings and simple expressions frequently used in self-introduction, shopping in a store and eating at a restaurant will be included in the test.

Lessons in the following textbooks show what one is expected to know for the qualifying test for Elementary Japanese 1.

Minna no Nihongo I:L1-L4
Genki I:L1-L2
Nakama I:L1-L2

These textbooks may be accessible in offices such as the cultural center in the Japanese Embassy, The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Center and JICA Center for Human Development.

2. Intermediate Japanese 1(日本語中級1)

中級1は、今までに200~300時間勉強した人のためのコースです。 中級1のテストは文法、漢字、聞きとり、会話です。文法は初級のテキストの文法を勉強しておいてください。漢字は300ぐらいの初級の漢字です。会話試験では自己紹介や、今までの経験とその印象について説明します。

3. Advanced 1 (日本語上級1)

上級1を勉強したい学生は、筆記試験と会話試験を受けなければなりません。筆記試験は文法、漢字、聴解、読解などの予定です。漢字は700ぐらい読めるようにしておいてください。また、初級、中級の文法の練習問題をしておいてください。会話試験では、国の説明や、今までの職歴などを聞きます。

4. Advanced 4 (日本語上級4)

上級4のテストは漢字、文法、読解、作文です。漢字は1200ぐらい読めるようにしておいてください。
試験の読解は1200字程度の新聞記事レベルの内容です。IUJでAdvanced 3を勉強していない学生には会話試験をします。

5. Basic Japanese 1

The qualifying test for Basic Japanese 1 concerns numbers (up to 1,000) and hiragana (one set of the Japanese alphabets). Test takers must be able to read and write hiragana.
Although it is highly desirable to know some basics of Japanese such as hiragana before coming to IUJ, a 4-day Intensive Japanese class is available for those who have never studied Japanese before and want to get prepared for the qualifying test for Basic Japanese 1. The details of the Intensive Japanese class are explained on page 7.