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Inter-University Center For Japanese Language Studies

Intensive ten-month training in advanced spoken and written Japanese in Yokohama, Japan DEADLINE-1/14/2004

10-Month Program
The Center's 10-month, intensive program starts in September and ends in early June. Classes are conducted from 9:45 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Wednesday afternoons and Fridays are reserved for individual tutorial sessions and/or extra-curricular activities. The number of classes per week is reduced during the latter half of the program to accommodate the increase in specialized study and tutorial instruction. Students admitted to the Center should be prepared to devote themselves full time to language study. The workload does not leave time for dissertation research or for outside employment.

The Center's 10-month intensive program is divided into two parts. In the first half of the program, teaching is geared towards development of competence in constructing complex utterances and extended discourse, using Japanese accurately and appropriately in social settings, and expressing and understanding Japanese on general topics. This training provides a solid foundation for specialized, advanced language training. In the second half of the program, instruction centers on developing specialized language skills necessary for students to pursue their academic goals or professional work. Throughout the program, tutorial sessions are provided once a week for every student to deal with his or her particular linguistic problems, and to talk freely on topics of his or her choosing. The total number of contact hours for the 40 week course is 720 hours.


1. First Half of the Program

During the first eight weeks, morning classes focus on consolidating basic and intermediate Japanese skills essential for further advancement. Students also develop skills needed to converse successfully with people of varying social levels. During the second eight weeks, the focus is on developing skills in advanced discourse. The proper use of Japanese conjunctions is emphasized. Grammatical constructions and patterns necessary for sophisticated and extended speech are introduced. Small group instruction is integrated each day with computer-based study (individual and teacher-assisted.)

Spoken Japanese Review

Formal Expressions for Japanese Interaction

Conjunctive expressions in Japanese

Japanese Skills for Structured Discourse I
Applied Japanese Skills I, II:
Video-taped portions of dramas, documentary films, news clips, and other general-interest programs are used for aural comprehension. Excerpts from books, magazines, and newspaper articles are employed for reading improvement. Time for student comments, discussion, and project work is also provided to improve language production skills. These classes are taught for a total of about thirteen weeks.

2.Second Half of the Program
Japanese Skils for Structured Discourse II:
Focuses on skills needed for speaking before groups.

Applied Japanese Skills III:
Develops skills in expressing and understanding topics of special interest in aural-oral and written modes.

Japanese Discussion Strategies:
This course teaches additional speech patterns used in advanced communication situations.

Provides students with opportunities to read Japanese in areas of particular interest, thereby enhancing reading skills. Study materials are selected by class members in consultation with the instructor; students often share in leading class discussions.

Elective Courses:
These courses are taught throughout the second half of the program. They are designed to provide students with in-depth competence in Japanese related to their academic area or profession. Normally sections are organized for modern Japanese literature, classical Japanese, anthropology, history, political science, economics, law, newspapers/news, and writing. Other sections may be arranged in accordance with student needs. Students may sign up for as many different topics as their interest and overall schedule permits.

Research Project:
Enhances all four language skills by using them in pursuit of a small research project on the topic of the student's own choosing. Investigation involves using Japanese for interviews, polls, or other methods of inquiry in addition to consulting appropriate written materials. A project is usually undertaken by groups of two to three students working in consultation with their instructor.

3. Special Kanji Intensive Program (SKIP)
This program starts in September and meets briefly every morning throughout the year. By following this program, students master the 1945 Joyo Kanji, which includes almost all of the kanji used in the newspapers.

4. Final Presentation (happyo) in Japanese
At the end of the program, each student is expected make and have recorded a formal presentation in Japanese on a subject of her/his choice. The student's presentation (ten minutes long) is followed by a question and answer period. By comparing the recording with earlier interviews and a second oral proficiency test administered in June, the student and her/his teachers can make a reasonably accurate assessment of her/his progress during the ten months of Japanese language study at the Center.


The center does not grant academic credit. However, at the end of each year the Center provides an evaluation of work completed during the Center program, a copy of which will be sent to the student's advisor upon request. Credit for work done at the Center must be arranged through the student's home institution.

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