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Japanese Language Education

Japanese Courses offered on the Komaba I Campus

There are four types of Japanese language courses offered on the Komaba I Campus.
  • 1.    PEAK (Programs in English at Komaba)
    PEAK is a regular degree program in which students take their major courses in English. This program starts in September.
  • 2.    AIKOM/USTEP (Abroad in Komaba/University-wide Student Exchange Program)
    AIKOM and USTEP are both study abroad exchange programs.
  • 3.    Junior Division Japanese (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 Courses

PEAK (Programs in English at Komaba)

These 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, and the number of required credits depends on the student’s major program (the International Program on Japan in East Asia or 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, movies 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 AIKOM 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 based on a placement test. 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 “Academic Discussion and Presentation in Humanities” or “Academic Writing in Social Sciences.” These courses are also open to AIKOM and USTEP students.

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

AIKOM/USTEP (Abroad in Komaba/University-wide Student Exchange Program)

The AIKOM Program is a short term exchange program between the College of Arts and Sciences and 30 partner schools in 20 different countries. USTEP is a short term exchange program between the University of Tokyo and its partner schools. AIKOM students study Japanese at the Komaba I campus. USTEP undergraduate students may take the Integrated  Japanese courses on the Komaba I campus and/or other Japanese courses on the Hongo campus. Below is an explanation of the Japanese courses held at the Komaba I campus.
 
Integrated Japanese: These courses are for those who wish to study Japanese intensively. The class meets three times per week. Each class meeting is 105 minutes long.
 
“Integrated Japanese” classes deal with the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the five 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. These policies allow students to take Japanese courses which suit their individual levels and backgrounds. The level of Japanese language courses that students can take will be based on a placement test.
 
J1: Lower-Elementary        J2: Upper-Elementary       J3: Lower-Intermediate
J4: Upper-Intermediate       J5 or Above: Advanced
 
Other Japanese courses: Students may take PEAK senior division courses and any other PEAK junior division courses except the required courses.

Junior Division Japanese

These Japanese courses are designed for undergraduate international students (1st and 2nd year students) enrolled in April. Students in the PEAK, AIKOM, and USTEP programs are not allowed to take these courses.

Non-Credit Courses

Japanese Language Lectures are held on the Komaba Campus for exchange students and foreign 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 lectures, however, a certificate of completion 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, stand alone courses which start in either April or 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 on the Hongo Campus. Courses are open to all students. Credits cannot be earned for these courses.
Detailed information is available here.
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