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Japanese Language Courses offered at Komaba I Campus

There are four types of Japanese language courses offered at Komaba I Campus.
  • 1.    PEAK Japanese Courses
    PEAK (Programs in English at Komaba) is a regular degree program in which students take their major courses in English. This program starts in September.
  • 2.    KOMSTEP/USTEP Japanese Courses
    KOMSTEP and USTEP (Komaba Student Exchage Program/University-wide Student Exchange Program) are both study abroad exchange programs.
  • 3.    Junior Division Japanese Courses (1st and 2nd year students)
    This is a regular program for matriculated students in which students take their major courses mainly in Japanese. This program starts in April.
  • 4.    Non-Credit Japanese Courses

PEAK Japanese Courses

These Japanese courses are for undergraduate students in the PEAK program. The junior division courses (for 1st and 2nd year students) include both required and elective Japanese classes. 6 credits are required in the junior division for both the International Program on Japan in East Asia and the International Program on Environmental Sciences. Japanese courses in the senior division (3rd and 4th year students majoring the International Program on Japan in East Asia) require students to take an appointed number of courses from a list of Japanese language electives. The International Program on Environmental Sciences allows students to apply credits attained from Japanese language courses to their graduation requirements.
 
PEAK Junior Division Japanese Language Courses
 
Required Courses: These courses aim not only to develop students’ Japanese Speaking/Listening/Reading/Writing skills, but also to help students develop skills needed to consider issues from multiple points of view, think both logically and creatively, as well as to develop their own autonomy. These courses allow students to study Japanese in a holistic way.

Elective Courses: Elective courses are offered on a variety of areas, including conversation, reading comprehension, kanji, speech styles, news and events in Japan, literature, films and other topics in popular culture, business Japanese, etc. This allows students to choose courses depending on their own strengths, weaknesses, and interests. Required courses are only taken by PEAK students, while elective courses are also open to KOMSTEP and USTEP students.
 
PEAK Japanese courses are divided into groups according to each student’s language proficiency. There are classes for all levels from beginner to advanced, as well as native speaker level. The level of Japanese language courses that students can take will be determined based on placement test results. Classes are limited to 15 students or fewer, which allows students to study Japanese at their own proficiency level. Based on the socio-cultural approach to language learning, PEAK courses also aim to incorporate activities outside the classroom into language learning by providing opportunities such as visiting a local elementary school or local residents’ homes.
 
PEAK Senior Division Japanese Courses
 
These courses are offered for students in the International Program on Japan in East Asia. The course content is designed to help students in their major studies. For example, courses may include “Integrated Academic Skills”. These courses are also open to KOMSTEP and USTEP undergraduate students.

For details about PEAK Japanese language courses, visit this webpage.

Coordinators: Dr. Fusako Beuckmann, Dr. Tatsuhiko Matsushita, Dr. Aiko Nemoto

KOMSTEP/USTEP Japanese Courses

The KOMSTEP Program is a short term exchange program between the College of Arts and Sciences/Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and its partner schools overseas. USTEP is a short term exchange program between the University of Tokyo and its partner schools overseas. KOMSTEP undergraduate students may study Japanese language courses at  Komaba I Campus. USTEP undergraduate students may take Japanese language courses at Komaba I Campus and/or other Japanese courses at Hongo Campus. Below is an explanation of the Japanese language courses offered at Komaba I Campus.
 
Integrated Japanese: These courses are for undergraduate students who wish to study Japanese intensively. The class meets three times per week for the elementary and the intermediate courses, and twice for the advanced courses.  Each class meeting is 105 minutes long.
 
“Integrated Japanese” classes deal with the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing at seven different levels shown below. Students are divided into groups depending on their proficiency level, and the class size is limited to a maximum of 15 students. This allows students to take Japanese courses which suit their individual levels and backgrounds. Each student's proficiency level will be determined based on placement test results.
 
L1: Lower-Elementary        L2: Upper-Elementary       L3: Intermediate 1    L4: Intermediate 2
L5: Intermediate 3     L6: Advanced 1     L7: Advanced 2

Other Japanese courses: Students may take PEAK senior division courses and any other PEAK junior division courses except the required courses.

List of Japanese Language Courses
KOMSTEP/USTEP, S-semester, 2018          
Course Title in English LevelL1L2L3L4L5L6L7LS # of Credits
Integrated Japanese I (1) (J1) L1        6
Integrated Japanese I (11) (J1) L1        6
Integrated Japanese I (2) (L2) L2        6
Integrated Japanese I (3) (L3) L3        6
Integrated Japanese I (4) (L4) L4        6
Integrated Japanese I (5) (L5) L5        6
Integrated Japanese II (6) (L6-7) L6       4
Applied Japanese (2): Tutorial (L1-L2) L1-L2       2
Applied Japanese (2):  Everyday Converation (L1-L2) L1-L2       2
Applied Japanese (4): Grammar & Conversation (Intensive Japanese IV) (L2) L2        2
Applied Japanese (4): Reading for Pleasure (L2-L3) L2-L3       2
Applied Japanese (4): Exploring Japanese Society (L3-L2) L3-L2       2
Japanese (102): Tutorial (L2-L6) L2-L6    2
Japanese (42): Comprehensive Intermediate Japanese  (Intensive Japanese IV) (L3) L3        2
Japanese (32): Integrated Academic Skills (L3-L4) L3-L4       2
Applied Japanese (6): Everyday Conversation and Email (L3-L4) L3-L5      2
Japanese (60): Experiential Activities (L4-L5) L4-L5       2
Japanese (48): Comprehensive Intermediate Japanese (L4-5) L4-L5       2
Japanese (46): Fluency and Formal Expressions (L4-L6) L4-L6      2
Japanese (34): Integrated Academic Skills (L4-L5) L4-L5       2
Japanese (52): News (L5-L4) L5-L4       2
Japanese (50): Terms on History and Society (L5-L7) L5-L7      2
Japanese (36): Integrated Academic Skills (L6-L7) L6-L7     × 2
Japanese (72): Critical Reading through Comparison (L6-LS) L6-LS      2
Japanese (74): Varieties of Japanese (L6-LS) L6-LS      2
Japanese (80): News and Society (L6-LS) L6-LS      2
Japanese (90): Experiential Activities (L6-LS) L6-LS      2
Japanese (76): English-Japanese Interpreting Skills  (LS-L7) LS-L7       2

The University of Tokyo Online Course Catalogue

Coordinators: Dr. Fusako Beuckmann, Dr. Tatsuhiko Matsushita, Dr. Aiko Nemoto

Junior Division Japanese Courses

These Japanese courses are designed for undergraduate international students (1st and 2nd year students) enrolled in April. Students in the PEAK program, KOMSTEP and USTEP undergraduate students are also allowed to take some of these courses.

Non-Credit Japanese Courses

Non-Credit Japanese Courses are offered at KomabaⅠCampus for international students and international researchers registered with the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences. Credit cannot be earned by attending these courses; however, a certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course. There are a total of 5 courses offered in this series: Elementary Japanese, Intermediate Japanese, Advanced Reading, Advanced Writing and Advanced Listening & Speaking. All courses are one semester-long, and start in April and September.

Center for Japanese Language Education

A variety of Japanese language courses are available at different levels and for different purposes at the Center for Japanese Language Education at Hongo Campus. Courses are open to all students. Credits cannot be earned for these courses.
Detailes can be found here.
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