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Aim

This is a one-year course designed for overseas students who wish to study at a Japanese university and for exchange students from our partner universities abroad. This course aims at improving Japanese language skills and deepening the students' understanding of Japan.

Features

  1. All required subjects(Basic Japanese)are given in small classes which are organized for five different Japanese proficiency levels, from level 1 to level 9, and are aimed at the development of integrated skills in all areas of Japanese.
  2. Instruction is given not only in Reading and Writing skills, but also to improve students' Listening and Speaking skills, and to enhance their autonomous learning skills using electronic facilities such as videos and computers assisted language learning facilities.
  3. The students who have completed this course can be recommended as candidates for admission into the Department of Japanese Studies of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.
  4. A study trip, field trips including attending the Gion Festival, and other extracurricular activities are also scheduled.

Period of Study and Semester Dates

The period of the course is one year with the spring semester commencing in April and the fall semester in September. The classes are arranged on the basis of students' levels of Japanese proficiency.
In addition, a student who has exceptional motivation to enter a Japanese university, and who fulfills certain conditions will be permitted to extend study for a maximum period of one year by the university.

Requirements for Completion of the Course

In order to complete the course 1) students must be registered for 1 year, 2) should obtain 20 credits of required subjects (Basic Japanese) and 10 credits or more of elective subjects, totaling 30 credits or more.

Curriculum

  1. Required subjects: Basic Japanese has seven levels, from level 1 to level 9, which are based on the student's proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. While the introductory level integrates all four skills in one class, other levels combine speaking and listening skills in one class, and reading and writing skills in another class.
  2. Elective subjects: Electives include from three to five classes based on the students' language proficiency. The subjects offered are:
    1. Composition, Kanji and Grammar:
      Each course is divided into Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced levels, and are designated to supplement the required subjects (Basic Japanese).
    2. Special Japanese:
      Out of the six classes offered, each of them is aimed at strengthening the listening comprehension skills. The highest class is designed to study Japanese native culture and life making use of movies, while simultaneously studying high-level grammar.
    3. Japanese for Certified Tests:
      Provides students with sufficient knowledge to pass the Japanese Proficiency Test.
    4. Tradition & Culture, History, Literature, Politics, Economy and Calligraphy:
      Designated to deepen understanding in each area, in particular the current affairs of Japan.
    5. Mathematics, English, Japan & The World:
      Assists students with preparatory study for the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) in order to enter undergraduate or graduate courses at Japanese universities.

"BASIC JAPANESE" Course Descriptions (2016)

LEVEL1 This course is designed for those at a lower novice level. It aims to provide overall knowledge of the Japanese language and to enhance communication abilities appropriate to the level through integrated communicative activities.
LEVEL2 This course is designed for those at a higher novice to lower intermediate level. It aims to provide overall knowledge of the Japanese language and to enhance communication abilities appropriate to the level through integrated communicative activities.
LEVEL3 This course is designed for those at a higher novice to lower intermediate level. It aims to provide overall knowledge of the Japanese language and to enhance communication abilities appropriate to the level through integrated communicative activities.
LEVEL4 This course is designed for those at a lower intermediate level. It aims to provide overall knowledge of the Japanese language and to enhance communication abilities appropriate to the level through integrated communicative activities.
LEVEL5 This course is designed for those at a lower intermediate level. It aims to provide overall knowledge of the Japanese language and to enhance communication abilities appropriate to the level through integrated communicative activities.
LEVEL6 This course is designed for those at a mid-intermediate level. It aims to provide overall knowledge of the Japanese language and to enhance communication abilities appropriate to the level through integrated communicative activities.
LEVEL7 This course is designed for those at a higher intermediate level. It aims to provide overall knowledge of the Japanese language and to enhance communication abilities appropriate to the level through integrated communicative activities.
LEVEL8 This course is designed for those at a higher intermediate to lower advanced level. It aims to provide overall knowledge of the Japanese language and to enhance communication abilities appropriate to the level through integrated communicative activities.
LEVEL9 This course is designed for those at an advanced level . It aims to provide overall knowledge of the Japanese language and to enhance communication abilities appropriate to the level through integrated communicative activities.

List of subjects and syllabus (2017)

Entrance Examination

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