By taking formal classes offered by the department, international students learn how to communicate in correct Japanese while studying with other Japanese students. By exploring in depth different aspects of Japanese culture from traditional to modern, students learn that culture has profound impacts, as it continues to create new values and meaning. International students deepen their understanding of Japan through learning and interacting with Japanese students, who, in turn, relearn their native language as their area of specialization.
Develop the ability to engage with Japanese objectively as a foreign language. For example, can you explain the difference between using “wa” and "ga"? In recent years, the number of foreign tourists and workers has increased, and Japan is becoming increasingly globalized. There is a growing need in many fields for people who are able to speak Japanese that is easy for foreigners to understand, and who can disseminate Japanese culture. At the Department of Japanese Studies, you will acquire the ability to communicate about Japanese culture by understanding its structure and characteristics, and you will understand the interplay of language and culture, from traditional Japanese culture to the modern day.
Study in this department will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become Japanese teachers. You can also gain experience by serving as teaching assistants and by obtaining experience in teaching overseas. In recent years, the number of foreign workers and international students is increasing, and Japanese teachers have increasingly diverse job opportunities. For example, you can work at Japanese language schools around the world after graduation. If you can obtain a Japanese teaching license, you will be able to play an active role as a teacher who can teach both Japanese as a foreign language and Japanese as the national language at globalizing junior high and high schools.
The class is organized so that international students studying Japanese and Japanese students can study together. Through interactions with international students Japanese students will naturally acquire a more international outlook. International students can learn living Japanese from Japanese students, and Japanese students can improve how they use Japanese and how to communicate Japanese culture on a daily basis with international students. In addition, students expecting to be Japanese as a Foreign Language teachers or national language teachers can experience being both a "learner" and a "teacher" in daily life.
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