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Japanese Courses

 

Japanese course

Basic information

・two academic terms: Fall (September to December), Spring (April to July)
・three-month (12-week) Intensive and Non-intensive Courses
・three options for international students:

The Hokusei Japanese language program has three options for international students:

1)Intensive Japanese(i.e., four levels, eight 90-minute classes per week, 12 credits)
2)Non-intensive Basic Japanese(i.e., two 90-minute classes per week, 3 credits)
3)Advanced Japanese(i.e., two 90-minute classes per week, 3 credits)

These classes equally emphasize four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The courses’ aim is for students to develop interactional competence so that they become able to handle a variety of communicative situations through using Japanese. In other words, rather than solely knowing about the language, we help students use it in appropriate ways (e.g., formal/informal) in Japanese culture.

Spring semester:subject (class) No. of credits
Basic Japanese A (1) 3
Basic Japanese A (2) 3
Japanese Ⅰ A 12
Japanese Ⅱ A 12
Japanese Ⅲ A 12
Japanese Ⅳ A 12
Japanese Ⅴ A 12
Advanced Japanese A 3
Independent Study B 3

 

Fall semester:subject (class) No. of credits
Basic Japanese B (1) 3
Basic Japanese B (2) 3
Japanese Ⅰ B 12
Japanese Ⅱ B 12
Japanese Ⅲ B 12
Japanese Ⅳ B 12
Japanese Ⅴ B 12
Advanced Japanese B 3
Independent Study A 3

 

Sample weekly schedules

(Intensive Japanese Course, Non-intensive Basic Japanese Course)

Weekly schedule (Example:Non-intensive Japanese course)

    M T W Th F
1 8:50-

10:20
      Basic
Japanese
 
2 10:30-

12:00
    Language &
Gender
Basic
Japanese
 
  Launch break
3 13:00-

14:30
Japanese

Economy
Japanese
Business
Management
  Japanese
Society
History of
Japan
4 14:40-

16:10
Japanese

Economy
Japanese
Business
Management
  Japanese
Society
History of
Japan
5 16:20-

17:50
  Language &
Gender
     

 

Weekly schedule (Example:intensive Japanese course)

    M T W Th F
1 8:50-

10:20
Japanese

Language Ⅱ
Japanese
Language Ⅱ
  Japanese
Language Ⅱ
Japanese
Language Ⅱ
2 10:30-

12:00
Japanese

Language Ⅱ
Japanese
Language Ⅱ
Language &
Gender
Japanese
Language Ⅱ
Japanese
Language Ⅱ
  Launch break
3 13:00-

14:30
Japanese

Economy
    Japanese
Society
History of
Japan
4 14:40-

16:10
Japanese

Economy
    Japanese
Society
History of
Japan
5 16:20-

17:50
  Language &
Gender
     

Each course (module) = 3 credit hours

 

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Why choose the Hokusei Japanese Language Program?
・small classes, a lot of individual attention from multiple instructors
・committed, experienced teachers, who are also kind and supportive
・Most of the instructors have experience teaching Japanese outside Japan.

・academic rigor (e.g., in assignments, quizzes, exams, participation)
・warm, friendly atmosphere in the classroom
・interaction with peers mostly from different cultural backgrounds
・In Japanese III and above, classes are almost entirely taught in Japanese.

What am I expected to do as a student?
・be punctual, attend regularly, participate actively in class activities
・do your homework
・study Japanese two hours outside of class every day

Placement test
・International students will be given a placement test at the beginning of the course.
・The test includes listening comprehension, grammar, and oral interview sections.

 

 

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