Curriculum

Placement Test, Courses & Main Textbooks

Placement Test

Participants are required to take a placement test on the first two days of the program. Their placement will depend upon their test results.

Courses & Main Textbooks

Regular Japanese courses are divided into the following levels, which are determined in accordance with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Class size is kept to about 10 students. Please note that class composition and class sizes are subject to revision. If any class has insufficient enrollment (fewer than 6 students), the class will be cancelled.

  • Class A
  • Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II [Second Edition] (The Japan Times), Lessons 13-23

  • Class B
  • Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese II [Second Edition] (The Japan Times), Lessons 19-23
    Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Kurosio Publishers), Lessons 1-4

  • Class C
  • Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Kurosio Publishers), 8-9 lessons (excerpted) from Lessons 1-9

  • Class D
  • Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Kurosio Publishers), 8-10 lessons (excerpted) from Lessons 6-15

  • Class E
  • Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced [New Edition] (The Japan Times), 6 lessons (excerpted)
    movies, TV drams, newspaper articles, short novels, etc.

  • Class F
  • Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced [New Edition] (The Japan Times), 6 lessons (excerpted)
    movies, TV drams, newspaper articles, short novels, etc.

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Other than main textbooks, supplementary materials will be used in order to provide more advanced study commensurate with participants’ level. Our instructors take a holistic approach to participants’ education in the course. This approach aims to enhance participants’ Japanese proficiency according to the level. Therefore, the main textbooks are one means of attaining higher-level proficiency. They are never the goal of the Japanese course itself.

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