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Course Offerings


GLOBAL JAPAN PROGRAM

Welcome to the Global Japan Program (GJP) offered by the International Institute for Japanese Language Education (IJLE). The GJP consists of the Japanese Language Course (JLC) and the Global Japan Studies Course (GJSC).
Participating students are required to enroll in at least 7 classroom hours per week (1 classroom hour = 90 minutes = 2 credits) from JLC, GJSC, or a combination from both courses to obtain student visa status. (We do not, however, recommend that you enroll in more than 11 classroom hours per week.) In the Fall semester 2021, due to the spread of COVID-19, all the courses in this program have been conducted in the format of live online classes using web conferencing systems such as Zoom.
JAPANESE LANGUAGE COURSE (JLC)

IJLE offers two types of Japanese language courses, namely the JL core courses and the JL elective courses.

JL Core Courses:

JL core courses are intensive courses with the main objective of enabling students to acquire communication skills in speaking and writing. The students will be acquiring four major skills of the language (speaking, listening, writing and reading with Kanji). If you are planning on taking any Japanese language courses, you must enroll in one of the core courses. Upon your arrival, you will take an online placement test to determine to which level/core course you belong. The details of the JL core courses for the Fall semester 2021 are summarized below as an example. These core courses are usually offered in the morning from Monday to Thursday; however, in the Fall semester 2021, due to the spread of COVID-19, they are offered in the morning or evening.

Details of JL core courses (Fall 2021)

Courses Equivalent level of CEFR Course Weeks Number of weeks Number of classroom hours/week (90 minutes each) Number of credits Textbook
J111&J112 Lower Beginner A1 J111 Weeks 1 to 7 7 8 8 Genki 1
(3rd edition) Lessons 1-12
J112 Weeks 8 to 14 7 8 8
J112&J211 Lower Beginner to Upper Beginner A1 J112 Weeks 1 to 7 7 8 8 Genki 1
(3rd edition)
Lessons 7-12
J211 Weeks 8 to 14 7 8 8 Genki 2
(3rd edition)
Lessons 13-18
J211&J212 Upper Beginner A1/A2 J211 Weeks 1 to 7 7 8 8 Genki 2
(3rd edition)
Lessons 13-23
J212 Weeks 8 to 14 7 8 8
J212&J311 Upper Beginner to Lower Intermediate A1/A2 J212 Weeks 1 to 7 7 8 8 Genki 2
(3rd edition)
Lessons 19-23
J311 Weeks 8 to 14 7 8 8 Quartet 1
Lessons 1-3
J311&J312 Lower Intermediate A2 J311 Weeks 1 to 7 7 8 8 Quartet 1 Lessons 1-6
J312 Weeks 8 to 14 7 8 8
J411&J412 Upper Intermediate B1 J411 Weeks 1 to 7 7 8 8 Quartet 2 Lessons 7-12
J412 Weeks 8 to 14 7 8 8
J511 Pre-Advanced B1/B2 J511 Weeks 1 to 14 14 4 8 『話す・書くにつながる! 日本語読解 中上級』 他
[Notes on JL core courses]
- Availability of the JL core courses is subject to change without notice. The curriculum shown above is for the Fall semester 2021 and serves as an example. We are now looking at the COVID-19 situation carefully to determine the courses we offer in the Spring semester 2022. Even after we determine the availability of the JL core courses for the Spring semester 2022, it remains subject to change without notice.
- All the courses must have enrollment of four or more students at the time of registration; otherwise, they will be cancelled.
- Your level/core courses are solely determined by the placement test result, not by your Japanese learning experiences. Even if you studied and finished the same textbook in your home country, when your placement test result does not meet the required criteria, you must repeat the same content at IJLE. Thus, we highly recommend that you bring the same textbooks (of the same edition) if you have them in your home country.
- All the students who intend to take JLC must take the placement test, except for true beginners who only know Hiragana and Katakana or those who are planning on taking GJSC only.
- All the students who are true beginners and intend to take JLC must master Hiragana and Katakana on their own before the course starts. On the first day of the course, they are given the Hiragana and Katakana tests and must show mastery of these characters.

JL Elective Courses:

JL elective courses are offered in the afternoon for those who are enrolled in JL core courses. Each JL elective course meets one classroom hour per week and carries 2 credits. Admittance to these courses is based on the level of the JL core course. Once your Japanese language level and the JL core course have been determined by the placement test, you can select JL elective courses and/or GJS courses to make your timetable. (Keeping it to 7 to 11 classroom hours per week is recommended).

List of JL Elective Courses

JLPT N5 Preparation (Canceled in Fall semester 2021)
JLPT N4 Preparation (Canceled in Fall semester 2021)
JLPT N3 Preparation
JLPT N2 Preparation
Introduction to Business Japanese (Canceled in Fall semester 2021)
Business Japanese (Canceled in Fall semester 2021)

*For details of JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), please refer to its official website.
**All the courses must have enrollment of 4 or more students; otherwise, they will be canceled.
GLOBAL JAPAN STUDIES COURSE (GJSC)

  • 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. Each class meets once a week for 90 minutes and is worth 2 credits.

  • 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:      〇=Class Offered =Class Canceled
Class Code Class Title Class Subtitle Spring Fall
JSC101 Japan Studies 101 (Business) Introduction to Global Business in Japan
JSC102 Japan Studies 102 (Business) Issues in Global Business in Japan
JSC108 Japan Studies 108 (Business) Japanese Business
JSC111 Japan Studies 111 (Sociology) Service Learning across Cultures: Volunteering in Japan (Theme II)
JSC112 Japan Studies 112 (Sociology) Service Learning across Cultures: Volunteering in Japan (Theme I)
JSC113 Japan Studies 113 (Sociology) Japanese Education System and Society
JSC114 Japan Studies 114 (Sociology) Philosophical and Religious Traditions of Japan
JSC116 Japan Studies 116 (Sociology) Introduction to Japanese Culture and Hospitality
JSC117 Japan Studies 117 (Sociology) Survey of Japanese Culture and Hospitality
JSC118 Japan Studies 118 (Sociology) Philosophy in Modern Japan
JSC120 Japan Studies 120 (Sociology) Japan Studies (Society-An Introduction to Sustainability Studies)
JSC201 Japan Studies 201 (Cultural) Contemporary Issues in Japan: Pop Culture
JSC203 Japan Studies 203 (Cultural) A Cultural History of Medicine and Diseases in Modern Japan
JSC204 Japan Studies 204 (Cultural) The History of Japan
JSC207 Japan Studies 207 (Cultural) Japanese Pop Culture through Media: Focus on Commercials (ThemeⅡ)
JSC208 Japan Studies 208 (Cultural) Japanese Pop Culture through Media: Focus on Commercials (Theme I)
JSC209 Japan Studies 209 (Cultural) Introduction to Japanese Literature
JSC211 Japan Studies 211 (Cultural) Studies in Japanese Popular Culture: A Look at Manga/Anime
JSC212 Japan Studies 212 (Cultural) Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature
JSC213 Japan Studies 213 (Cultural) Intercultural Competence for College Students in Japan
JSC214 Japan Studies 214 (Cultural) Japanese Culture through Film
JSC215 Japan Studies 215 (Cultural) Japan and China: Culture
JSC221 Japan Studies 221 (Language) Japan and China: Language
JSC222 Japan Studies 222 (Language) Introduction to Community Interpreting and Translation in Japan: Focus on the Legal Setting
JSC902 Japan Studies 902 (Special Course)  Japan through Japanese Traditional Performing Arts
JSC903 Japan Studies 903 (Special Course) Japanese Society and World through Media
JSC904 Japan Studies 904 (Special Course)  Calligraphy for international students
JSC905 Japan Studies 905 (Special Course)  Service Learning at an Elderly Facility
*Availability of the GJSC classes is subject to change without notice.

  • Click to see the timetable of GJSC 2021 fall semester.
  • 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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