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List of Japanese Courses

Japanese 1 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Levels N5 – N4)

In this course, students study simple structures, basic sentence patterns, 300 Chinese characters, and approximately 1500 vocabulary items.

Teaching materials

1 『げんき Ⅰ,Ⅱ』 Genki Ⅰ,Ⅱ The Japan Times
2 『Workbook』 The Japan Times

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand short, simple texts describing general things related to everyday life: immediate needs, personal events, familiar places, hobbies, work, etc.

Additionally, students will be able to complete forms and write short sentences and simple letters related to personal events or familiar information. Students will acquire the speaking skills required to communicate their immediate needs and provide general answers to many simple questions and to express simple opinions in a familiar context.

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Japanese 2 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N4 – N3)

In this course students study higher-level sentence structures and sentence patterns (compound & complex sentences), in the region of 600 Chinese characters, and approximately 4,000 vocabulary items.

Teaching materials

1 『中級へ行こう』 Chukyu e Iko
Getting to the Intermediate Level: 59 Japanese Sentence Patterns and Expressions
3A Corporation
2 『中級を学ぼう』 Chukyu o Manabo
Studying at the Intermediate Level: 56 Japanese Sentence Patterns and Expressions
3A Corporation

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand more complex sentences and more difficult discourse consisting of general information contained in articles. Students will be able to write short, simple pieces of information such as personal letters and messages, as well as slightly more elaborate texts on familiar or predictable topics. Students will be able to express their opinions verbally on abstract/cultural issues in a limited way, or offer advice within a known area, as well as understand instructions or public announcements.

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Japanese 3 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N3)

In this course, students will learn pre-advanced Japanese that consists of not only complex structures but also stylistically varied discourse. Students will also study 1,000 Chinese characters and approximately 6,000 vocabulary items. Upon completion of this course, students should be ready for continuing their study at a university or professional training.

Teaching materials

1 『上級へのとびら』 Tobira
Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning Through Content and Multimedia
Kurosio Publishers
2 『Workbook』 Kurosio Publishers

Students will be able to read quickly enough to cope with fairly long and complex texts that are found in newspaper articles and basic academic courses. They will also be able to prepare and draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in class, or write essays that show an ability to communicate. Students will be able to follow or give a talk on a familiar topic or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics.

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Advanced Japanese (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N2)

This course is offered to those who pursue their studies at a high-level academic or research institution. Students will deal with all types of texts ranging from editorial columns to literature and academic reports.

Teaching materials

1 『中・上級日本語教科書 日本への招待』
For Pre-Advanced and Advanced Learners of Japanese Images of Japan
University of Tokyo Press
2 Others:
Dokkyo Univ. original teaching materials which are based on the Topic Syllabus. Each topic consists of excerpts from newspaper articles, magazines, books, as well as videos related to the contents of the texts.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer points of complex texts. Students will be able to contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within their own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with competent fluency, coping with abstract expressions. Students will be able to take notes in class and seminars as well as write essays and academic reports on various subjects accurately and in an original style.