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In the fall 2021, we are planning to change our textbooks from the Minna no Nihongo series to Genki 1 (3rd edition) for Lower Beginner, Genki 2 (3rd edition) for Upper Beginner, Quartet I for Lower Intermediate, and Quartet II for Upper Intermediate.

*All the classes must have enrollment of four or more students; otherwise, they will be cancelled.

GLOBAL JAPAN PROGRAM

Welcome to the Global Japan Program (GJP) offered by the Institute for Japanese Language Education (IJLE). The GJP consists of the Japanese Language Course (JLC) and the Global Japan Studies Course (GJSC), and there are circa 130-150 international students from approximately 40 universities/colleges around the world who are taking classes offered by these programs every semester. In order to retain student visa status, each student must enroll in at least seven classroom hours per week (1 classroom hour = 90 minutes=2 credits) from JLC, GJSC, or a combination from both programs. We do not, however, recommend that you enroll in more than 11 classroom hours per week.
JAPANESE LANGUAGE COURSE (JLC) - 2021 Spring Semester Only

JLC Core Classes:
  • JLC offers classes in the Japanese language learning, if you are planning on taking any Japanese language classes, you must enroll in one of the core classes. These core classes are all offered in the morning and/or evening from Monday to Thursday. Upon your arrival, you will take an online placement test to determine to which level/core class you belong. The levels and core classes are summarized as below:
Level Core Class Intensiveness Textbook CEFR
I
Lower Beginner
J100
(canceled)
Intensive
(8 classroom hours/wk, 16 credits)
Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I (2nd edition) Lessons 1-25 A1
J111&112 2 Semi-Intensive
(8 classroom hours/wk, 16 credits)
Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I (2nd edition) Lessons 1-12
Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I (2nd edition)
Lesson 13-25
*J121
(canceled)
Introductory
(2 classroom hours/wk, 4 credits)
Handouts
II
Upper Beginner
J200
(canceled)
Intensive
(8 classroom hours/wk, 16 credits)
Minna no Nihongo Shokyu II (2nd edition) Lessons 26-50 A2/A1
J211&212 2 Semi-Intensive
(8 classroom hours/wk, 16 credits)
Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I (2nd edition) Lessons 26-38
Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I (2nd edition) Lessons 39-50
III
Lower Intermediate
J311&J312 2 Semi-Intensives
(8 classroom hours/wk, 16 credits)
Minna no Nihongo Intermediate I
Lessons 1-6
A2
Minna no Nihongo Intermediate I
Lessons 7-12
IV
Upper Intermediate
J411&J412 2 Semi-Intensives
(8 classroom hours/wk, 16 credits)
Minna no Nihongo Intermediate II
Lessons 13-18
B1
Minna no Nihongo Intermediate II
Lessons 19-24
V
Pre-Advanced
J511
(canceled)
Semi-Intensive
(4 classroom hours/wk, 8 credits)
Handouts B2/B1
*J121 is a special course for true beginners that focuses on survival Japanese by introducing the basic vocabulary and expressions for daily life. This course does not teach the Japanese writing system.
**Availability of the JLC core classes is subject to change without notice.
***All the classes must have enrollment of four or more students; otherwise, they will be cancelled.

  • Before arrival in Japan, all the students who are true beginners but would like to take JLC classes such as J100 or J111 must master hiragana and katakana on your own. Upon arrival in Japan, there will be hiragana and katakana tests to take, and they must show mastery of these characters.

  • Based on the placement test result, some students may have choices of the core classes if the classes have the same starting point- J100 (intensive) or J111 (semi-intensive) and J200 (intensive) or J211 (semi-intensive).

  • Once your level/core class is determined, you can select JLC elective classes and/or GJSC classes to make your timetable (*7-11 classroom hours per week). Note: J100, J200, J311 & J312 and J411 & J412 already have 8 classrooms hours, so you do not need to take JLC elective and GJSC classes if you do not wish.

JLC Elective Classes:

  • JLC also offers elective classes in the afternoon for those who are enrolled in JLC core classes. Availability of JLC elective classes is based on the Level/core classes. Each elective class is 1 classroom hour per week (2 credits) offered once a week.

List of JLC Elective Classes (2021 Spring Semester)
JLPT N5 Preparation Class (canceled)
JLPT N4 Preparation Class
JLPT N3 Preparation Class
JLPT N2 Preparation Class
Introduction to Business Japanese (canceled)
Business Japanese (canceled)


For details of JLPT, please refer to JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) homepage.
*All the classes must have enrollment of 4 or more students; otherwise, they will be cancelled.
About the Placement Test

  • All the students who would like to take JLC classes must take the placement test, except for true beginners who only know hiragana and katakana and who are planning on taking GJSC classes only.

  • Even if you studied and finished the same textbook in your home country, if your placement test result does not meet the required criteria, you must repeat the same content at IJLE. Your level/core classes are determined strictly by the placement test result- not by your Japanese learning experiences. Thus, we highly recommend that you bring the same textbooks (same edition) if you have them in your home country.

GLOBAL JAPAN STUDIES COURSE (GJSC)
All the classes must have enrollment of four or more students; otherwise, they will be canceled.

  • In GJSC classes taught in English, both international and domestic students enroll in classes to deepen their understanding of the global society from two angles- Japan from the world perspective and the world from Japan’s perspective.

  • Students can enroll in any GJSC classes regardless of their JLC level.

  • The GJSC classes explore a wide range of topics related to contemporary and traditional Japan and are categorized into three blocks:
    - Classes focusing on business and society (JSC 101-120);
    - Classes focusing on language and culture (JSC 201-223);
    - Special classes with hands-on experiences (JSC 902-905): ① at a Japanese newspaper publishing company; ② with leading performers of Japanese traditional arts (dance and music); ③ oriental traditional writing culture- calligraphy; ④ service learning at an elderly facility.

    • A list of GJSC courses for the academic year 2021 is below:

Class Class Subtitle Spring Fall
Japan Studies 101 (Business) Introduction to Global Business in Japan
Japan Studies 102 (Business) Issues in Global Business in Japan
Japan Studies 108 (Business) Japanese Business
Japan Studies 111 (Sociology) Service Learning across Cultures: Volunteering in Japan (Theme II)
Japan Studies 112 (Sociology) Service Learning across Cultures: Volunteering in Japan (Theme I)
Japan Studies 113 (Sociology) The Japanese Education System
Japan Studies 114 (Sociology) Philosophical and Religious Traditions of Japan
Japan Studies 116 (Sociology) Japanese Lifestyle and Society Ⅰ
Japan Studies 117 (Sociology) Japanese Lifestyle and Society Ⅱ
Japan Studies 118 (Sociology) Philosophy in Modern Japan
Japan Studies 120 (Sociology) Introduction to Environmental Science
Japan Studies 201 (Cultural) Japanese Pop Culture
Japan Studies 203 (Cultural) A Cultural History of Medicine and Diseases in Modern Japan
Japan Studies 204 (Cultural) The History of Japan
Japan Studies 207 (Cultural) Japanese Pop Culture through Media: Focus on Commercials (ThemeⅡ)
Japan Studies 208 (Cultural) Japanese Pop Culture through Media: Focus on Commercials (Theme I)
Japan Studies 209 (Cultural) Introduction to Japanese Literature
Japan Studies 211 (Cultural) Studies in Japanese Popular Culture: A Look at Manga/Anime
Japan Studies 212 (Cultural) Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
Japan Studies 214 (Cultural) Japanese Culture through Film
Japan Studies 215 (Cultural) Japan and China: Culture
Japan Studies 221 (Language) Japan and China: Language
Japan Studies 222 (Language) Introduction to Community Interpreting and Translation in Japan: Focus on the Legal Setting
Japan Studies 223 (Language) Sociolinguistics in Japan
Japan Studies 902 (Special Course) Japan through Japanese Traditional Performing Arts
Japan Studies 903 (Special Course) Japanese Society and World through Media
Japan Studies 904 (Special Course) Calligraphy for international students
Japan Studies 905 (Special Course) Service Learning at an Elderlu Facility
*Availability of the GJSC classes is subject to change without notice.
**All the classes must have enrollment of four or more students; otherwise, they will be cancelled.

  • Click to see sample syllabi of the GJSC courses.
Japanese Culture Practicum

  • The Global Japan Program offers day trips and excursions for its international students several times a semester. The international students who belong to the GJP can participate in these excursions to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture, especially the culture of the Tokai region. Most of these excursions are selected and arranged in such a way that the students can have hands-on experiences which they can rarely experience in commercial tours.

  • Each excursion has limited spaces, and small fees are required to participate (these excursions are subsidized by Nagoya University of Foreign Studies).

  • Below are some of the excursions in the past:
    - Workshops: Ikebana (flower arrangement), tea ceremony, pottery making, and soba (buckwheat) noodle making
    - Excursions: Ninja Village, Ise Grand Shrine, sumo games, visits to museums and galleries
    - Overnight study tours: Kyoto, Nara, Shirakawa Village, Kotohira Shrine and Kompira Mountain in Kagawa

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