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Beloit College: Japanese Language Program

Center for Language Studies

Program Overview

The CLS Japanese program is acknowledged as one of the most challenging and rewarding programs in the country. The Japanese faculty is composed of professional language teachers who provide individualized instruction and personal attention in their teaching. Combining advanced teaching methods with excellent instructional materials, the CLS Japanese program offers the best of all worlds in teaching methods and models for emulation. The CLS Japanese program is excellent preparation for individuals interested in work or study abroad.

The CLS program also recognizes the importance of language in the context of culture. Rather than artificially separating the two, the CLS devotes four hours of class time each week to placing language study in a larger social, cultural, and historical context. This culture/area studies component is designed to promote interest in and facilitate the learning of Japanese language and civilization. The cultural/area studies component of the Japanese program includes an introduction to Origami, martial arts demonstrations, documentaries, lectures, field trips, and class discussions on selected topics.


9-Week Language Program  June 11 - August 12
4.5-Week Language Program (1st half) June 11 - July 13
4.5-Week Language Program (2nd half) July 13 - August 12


Instruction takes place over nine or four and a half weeks, for twenty three hours a week. The summer session schedule typical follows this pattern: the first hour consists of warm-up and review, the second and third hours focus on grammar and vocabulary activation, and the fourth hour emphasizes discussion and mastering conversational patterns. The first hour after lunch focuses on grammar drills, while the last hour is devoted to the area studies/cultural component. One night a week is devoted to a video presentation/discussion session. The schedule is arranged to provide an alternation of native Japanese and American instructional voices, and a variety of Japanese voices on audio tapes and video tapes. Students are graded on their homework assignments, the dialogues they prepare for class presentation, compositions based on the culture presentations, quizzes after each lesson of the book, and both an oral and written mid-term and final examination. Individual tutorial sessions, audio tape, and computer lab exercises are available for independent work after class.

First-Year Japanese
100A-105A. Elementary Japanese and Area Studies I, II (six semester credit hours each). The first-year course provides a solid foundation in basic Japanese. Students learn the two phonetic alphabets-- Hiragana and Katakana--as well as approximately 150 Chinese characters (Kanji) and the basic Japanese grammatical patterns. Through texts and supplementary materials, the course offers thorough instruction and rigorous training in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practice in the language laboratory and individualized study sessions outside the classroom supplement the formal instruction. A cultural component is interspersed with the daily language studies.

Second-Year Japanese
110A-115A. Intermediate Japanese and Area Studies I, II (six semester credit hours each). The second-year course covers the basic patterns of Japanese and introduces approximately 170 Kanji characters. Classes and many cultural lectures are conducted in Japanese to stress training in comprehension (both reading and aural), speaking, and composition. Special emphasis is placed upon the development of free conversational skills.

Third-Year Japanese
200A,205A. Advanced Japanese I, II (six semester credit hours each). Third-year Japanese continues to develop more complicated and enhanced communicative abilities in all four language skills. Students develop the awareness of different styles and levels of speech, such as written and spoken styles, formal and informal speech, men's and women's speech, and especially Keigo, so that they can communicate appropriately in both written and spoken forms of the language. In addition, the ability to read and write about more complicated ideas and the expansion of knowledge of Kanji and vocabulary are also emphasized. The course uses selected literary works that vary from year to year.

Fourth-Year Japanese
220A,225A. Fourth-Year Japanese I, II (six semester credit hours each). This course develops advanced skills in both spoken and written Japanese. Sophisticated writing skills are cultivated through frequent composition assignments. Student presentations and class discussions train students to express complex thoughts orally in Japanese. Reading materials cover a wide range of cultural and social issues. In addition, a variety of materials (TV programs, newspapers, audiotapes, videos, and Internet resources) are used. The course is conducted almost exclusively in Japanese. The fourth-year course is designed for students who have completed six semesters of formal training in Japanese (or its equivalent).

Comprehensive Fees (including tuition, single room, and weekly meal plan of lunch and dinner):
$5,416.00  (9-week session)
$2,736.00 (4.5-week session)
*The summer language program scholarship is guaranteed to all applicants accepted by April 22, 2005. Please call Pat Zody at 608-363-2277 for more information. (In the event that a granting organization requires CLS to reduce tuition for a student, then the summer language program scholarship is no longer applicable.)

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Center for Language Studies
Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, WI 53511-5595
Telephone: 800-356-0751
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