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JAPANESE LANGUAGE PROGRAM

 

1. Program Details

Course Description

Hokusei International Education Language Center offer an online Japanese language program this semester to our partner universities. This program is a non-credit Japanese language course for no program fee or tuition to students at our partner universities who are eager to study Japanese. The purposes of this course are to promote international understanding and friendships in general, and to continue developing our relationships with our partner universities in spite of the difficult circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Hokusei Online Japanese Language Program equally emphasizes the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. These courses are designed to help students develop interactional competence so that they become able to handle a variety of communicative situations using Japanese. In other words, students do not study only about the Japanese language, they learn how to use it in appropriate ways, in both formal and informal situations in Japanese society.
These courses are taught by native speakers of Japanese, most of whom have had experience teaching Japanese as a second language both in Japan and overseas.

Tuition

None

Class Placement

Based on a grammar test and short interview with each student, including some grammar and conversation questions, we will place the students in suitable proficiency levels, from elementary to advanced. In each level, class sizes will be small, i.e. approximately 8 people.
Finally, if there are too many applicants for the program, we may have to select the participants since we would like each class to be small, as noted above.

2.Program Days and Times

Course schedule is different depending on the location of your home country/region because of the time difference.
One 90-minute class will be offered once a week. Applicants are supposed to choose a single day of the week from the applicable time table for the country or region you are in.

  • Students of the university located in Asia: Starting: October 19th, End: December 18th
  • Time Difference Chart - Asia
    Japan South Korea China
    Taiwan
    Indonesia
    Monday's Class:
    10:30 a.m.~noon
    Monday, 10:30 a.m.~noon Monday, 9:30 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m. ~ 10:30 a.m.
    Friday's Class:
    18:00 p.m.~19:30 p.m.
    Friday, 18:00 p.m.~19:30 p.m. Friday, 17:00 p.m. ~ 18:30 p.m. Friday, 17:00 p.m. ~ 18:30 p.m.

  • Students of the university located in US & Canada: Starting: October 19th, End: December 17th
  • Time Difference Chart - US & Canada
    Japan Lewis and Clark College Juniata College Manchester University Buena Vista University St. Olaf College University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee University of Hawaii, Maui St. Thomas University
    Monday's Class:
    10:30 a.m.~noon
    Summer Sunday, 18:30 p.m. ~ 20:00 p.m. Sunday, 21:30 p.m. ~ 23:00 p.m. Sunday, 20:30 p.m. ~ 22:00 p.m. Sunday, 15:30 p.m. ~ 17:00 p.m. Sunday, 22:30 p.m. ~ 24:00 a.m.
    Winter Sunday, 17:30 p.m. ~ 19:00 p.m. Sunday, 20:30 p.m. ~ 22:00 p.m. Sunday, 19:30 p.m.
    ~ 21:00 p.m.
    Sunday, 15:30 p.m. ~ 17:00 p.m. Sunday, 21:30 p.m. ~ 23:00 p.m.
    Thursday's Class:
    10:30 a.m.~noon
    Summer Wednesday, 18:30 p.m. ~ 20:00 p.m. Wednesday, 21:30 p.m. ~ 23:00 p.m. Wednesday, 20:30 p.m.
    ~ 22:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, 15:30 p.m. ~ 17:00 p.m. Wednesday, 22:30 p.m. ~ 24:00 a.m.
    Winter Sunday, 17:30 p.m. ~ 19:00 p.m. Sunday, 20:30 p.m. ~ 22:00 p.m. Sunday, 19:30 p.m.
    ~ 21:00 p.m.
    Sunday, 15:30 p.m. ~ 17:00 p.m. Sunday, 21:30 p.m. ~ 23:00 p.m.

  • Students of the university located in Europe: Starting: October 20th, End: December 18th
  • Time Difference Chart - Europe
    Japan UK Switzerland
    Spain
    Tuesday's Class:
    18:00 p.m.~19:30 p.m.
    Summer Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. ~ 12:30 p.m.
    Winter Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. ~ 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m.
    Friday's Class:
    18:00 p.m.~19:30 p.m.
    Summer Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. ~ 12:30 p.m.
    Winter Friday, 9:00 a.m. ~ 10:30 a.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m.

    3. Eligibility

    Who can participate in the Hokusei Online Japanese Language Program?

    Students at our current (and prospective) partner universities who would like to improve their Japanese and who will be able to regularly attend and actively participate in all of the offered classes. We will also accept students at those universities who have never studied Japanese before.

    What is expected of students who participate in this program?

    Although this is a non-credit language course without program fee or tuition, we would like participants of this program to somehow experience and ‘taste’ what it is like to study in the Hokusei ‘intensive’ Japanese program, where international students work hard and diligently. While we understand that the online class for each student is only once a week for nine weeks, we have designed the program so that students will improve their Japanese. For this reason, we believe that each participant’s commitment to their study is essential, and we would like to expect the following of them:
    -Be positive, punctual, and participate actively in all class activities.
    -Ask questions when you don’t understand.
    -Study Japanese every day and do the homework.

    4. Application Procedure

    Official Entry

    Entry Period: from October 5th to October 9th

    *Applicants are required to attend the orientation sessions. They should also take the placement test if they have studied Japanese before. Students who have the JLPT N1 do not have to take the placement test.
    The placement test schedule is notified in the first invitation e-mail forwarded from your university/faculty.

    If you decide to apply for the Online Japanese Language Program after the orientation and placement test, please access the below webpage and fill out the web entry form by the deadline:

    Japanese Language Program Application / 日本語プログラム申し込みフォーム申込受付は終了しました。We have stopped accepting applications.

    IMPORTANT: Deadline is different depending on your time zone;
    South Korea: by 5:00 PM, Oct. 9th in your time zone (=Japan time)
    Asia (except for South Korea): by 6:00 PM, Oct. 9th in your time zone
    US and Canada: by 10:00 PM, Oct. 8th in your time zone
    Europe: by 9:00 AM, Oct. 9th in your time zone

    Materials
    Please download the required documents mentioned in the orientation from here:
    Placement Test Answer Sheet.pdf

    5. Contact

    If you have any questions, please contact here.

    E-mail: intlcenter@hokusei.ac.jp
    International Education and Language Center
    HOKUSEI GAKUEN UNIVERSITY

    2-3-1, Oyachi-Nishi, Atsubetsuku,
    Sapporo, Hokkaido, JAPAN 004-8631
    TEL: 81-11-895-1000 FAX: 81-11-891-9550

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