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English / Japanese

International Exchange Student Program (6 months or 1 year)

Distinctive Features

Along with detailed Japanese language education corresponding to the Japanese levels of international students, we incorporate classes and fieldwork for learning alongside Aichi Prefectural University students. We have set up 5 levels of classes, from Elementary to Advanced, and our curriculum is organized around specific sets of skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and objectives. In addition to cultivating Japanese language ability, we also offer classes on cross-cultural understanding and understanding Japanese society.

Japanese Language Classes by Level of Proficiency

5 levels, from Elementary to Advanced

  1. Advanced Level (equivalent to having passed N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
  2. Intermediate-Advanced Level (equivalent to having passed N3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
  3. Intermediate Level (equivalent to having passed N4 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
  4. Elementary-Intermediate Level (equivalent to having passed N5 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
  5. Elementary Level (introductory level)

※Japanese language classes suitable for each student are determined through a placement test held at our university. Taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test is not mandatory.

Curriculum

A. Advanced Level [Take 8-12 classes per week] class ~ 90min

This class is for learners with proficiency equivalent to having passed N2-level on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Students take courses centering on Japanese for Specific Purposes (JSP), a specialized Japanese language class for international undergraduate students, in which they learn how to write academic papers and how to give presentations. In addition, they also take courses for regular undergraduate students, thereby deepening their understanding of contemporary Japanese society and Japanese culture.

Course Name Number of Classes Offered Registration Requirements
Japanese I 2 classes (for international undergrads) Elective
(3 classes or more)
Japanese II 2 classes (for international undergrads)
Japanese III 1 class (for international undergrads)
Japanese Culture or Japanese Society 1 class (for international undergrads) Required
Communication in Community or Communication in Multicultural Society (*1) 1 class (for undergrads) Required
Undergrad Course in Area of Major(*2) 1-3 classes (for undergrads) Elective
(1 class or more)
Basic Seminar I (Course for 1st year undergrads) 1 class (for undergrads) Elective
Field work (in Japanese)(*3) 1-2 classes Required
Project work(*4) 2 classes Required

*1 Courses centered on discussions with Japanese undergraduate students

*2 Select from a list of courses open to international exchange students

*3 Field work consists of interpretation and preliminary survey of materials in Japanese and English, followed by study trips

*4 Project work takes place at the Multilingual Learning Center, where students learn through projects with Japanese students

B. Intermediate-Advanced Level [Take 11-12 classes per week]

This class is for learners with proficiency equivalent to having passed N3-level on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Based on fundamental skills in Japanese, this class aims to equip students with the Japanese language ability necessary for conducting discussions and writing academic papers in Japanese. Through courses centered on discussions with Japanese undergraduate students and conversation practice with Japanese students at our university who are studying to become Japanese language teachers, this class aims to familiarize students with "real-life" Japanese and to improve their overall communication ability.

Course Name Number of Classes Offered Registration Requirements
Japanese (Reading and Writing) 2 classes Required
Japanese (Discussion and Presentation) 2 classes Required
Japanese (Conversation) 1 classes Required
Japanese Culture or Japanese Society 1 classes Required
Communication in Community or Communication in Multicultural Society 1 classes Required
Field work (in Japanese)(*1) 1-2 classes Required
Project work(*2) 2 classes Required
Topic Discussion (Intermediate-Advanced)(*3) 1 classes Required

*1 *2 *3
See explanation for Advanced Level In Topic Discussion, the instructor facilitates a discussion between international exchange students and practicum students in the Japanese language teacher course on a given topic.

C. Intermediate Level [Take 12-13 classes per week]

This class is for learners with proficiency equivalent to having passed N4-level proficiency on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Strengthening fundamental skills in Japanese, this class aims to cultivate Japanese language ability required for everyday life. This class is also designed to offer many opportunities to learn with Japanese people and to allow students to learn "real-life" Japanese.

Course Name Number of Classes Offered Registration Requirements
Japanese (Reading and Discussion) 2 classes Required
Japanese (Listening and Conversation) 2 classes Required
Japanese (Grammar and Writing) 1 classes Required
Japanese Culture or Japanese Society 1 classes Required
Communication in Community or Communication in Multicultural Society(*1) 1 classes Required
Field work (in Japanese and English) (*2) 1 classes Required
Project work(*3) 2 classes Required
Topic Discussion (Intermediate-Advanced)(*4) 1 classes Required

*1 *2 *3 See explanation for Advanced Level

*4 See explanation for Intermediate-Advanced Level

D. Elementary-Intermediate Level [Take 12-13 classes per week]

This class is for learners with proficiency equivalent to having passed N5-level on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (or who have completed the first half of Elementary Level). Along with learning basic Japanese grammar, this class aims to cultivate conversational ability in situations often encountered in daily life and fundamental skills in reading and writing. The course is offered in English and Japanese, depending on students' needs. There is also a remedial grammar tutorial outside of class led by teaching assistants who have completed a Japanese language teaching practicum.

Course Name Number of Classes Offered Registration Requirements
Comprehensive Japanese 4 classes Required
Japanese (Listening and Conversation) 1 classes Required
Japanese (Reading and Writing) 1 classes Required
Japanese (Vocabulary and Topic Conversation) 1 classes Required
Field work (in Japanese and English) (*1) 1-2 classes Required
Japanese Culture (in English) (*2) 1 classes Required
Project work(*3) 2 classes Required
Topic Discussion (Intermediate-Advanced)(*4) 1 classes Required
TA-Ied Grammar Tutorial (extracurricular) Equivalent to 2 classes

*1 *2 See explanation for Advanced Level

*3 See explanation for Intermediate-Advanced Level

*4 Lectures and discussions with Japanese students, both in English, about Japanese culture

E. Elementary Level [Take 10-ll classes per week]

This is a course for first-time learners of Japanese. In 6 months, this class aims to equip students with fundamental skills in Japanese and survival-level communication ability.

Course Name Number of Classes Offered Registration Requirements
Comprehensive Japanese 5 classes Required
Japanese (Listening and Conversation) 1 classes Required
Japanese (Vocabulary and Topic Conversation) 1 classes Required
Field work (in Japanese and English) (*1) 1-2 classes Required
Japanese Culture (in English) (*2) 1 class Elective
Topic Discussion (Elementary-Intermediate)(*3) 1 classes Required
TA-Ied Grammar, Vocabulary, and Writing Tutorial (extracurricular) Equivalent of 2 classes Required
Topic Discussion (Intermediate-Advanced)(*4) 1 classes

*1 See explanation for Advanced Level

*2 See explanation for Intermediate-Advanced Level

*3 See explanation for Elementary-Intermediate Level

Sample Course Schedule

For Intermediate-Advanced Level

MON TUE WED THU FRI
8:50-10:20 Japanese (Reading and Writing) Japanese (Reading and Writing)
10:30-12:00 Japanese (Discussion and Presentation) Japanese (Conversation) Field work Topic Discussion Japanese (Discussion and Presentation)
12:50-14:20 Communication in Community Project work Field work or interaction with Aichi Pref U students at the iCoToBa! Japanese Culture
14:30-16:00 Project work
16:10-17:50

For Elementary Level

MON TUE WED THU FRI
8:50-10:20 Comprehensive Japanese Comprehensive Japanese Comprehensive Japanese Comprehensive Japanese Comprehensive Japanese
10:30-12:00 Japanese (Vocabulary and Topic Conversation) Japanese (Listening and Conversation) Field work
12:50-14:20 Field work or interaction with Aichi Prefectural University students at the iCoToBa! Topic Discussion (Elementary - Intermediate) Japanese Culture
14:30-16:00
16:10-17:50 Grammar Tutorial (extracurricular) Grammar Tutorial (extracurricular)

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