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Inter-University Center's intensive 10-month program of training focuses on development of the ability to converse in Japanese on specialized subjects, to comprehend and deliver public presentations, and to read and write materials in Japanese in order to function professionally in academia, business, government, and other fields.
IUC's 10-month, intensive program starts in September and ends in early June. Classes are conducted from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Wednesday afternoons are reserved for extra-curricular activities. The number of classes per week is reduced in the latter half of the program to accommodate the increase in specialized study and tutorial instruction. Students admitted to the Center should be prepared to devote themselves full time to language study. The workload does not leave time for dissertation research or for outside employment.
The program is divided into two parts. In the first half of the program, teaching is geared toward development of competence in constructing complex utterances and extended discourse, using Japanese accurately and appropriately in social settings, and expressing and understanding Japanese on general topics. This training provides a solid foundation for specialized, advanced language training. In the second half of the program, instruction centers on developing specialized language skills necessary for students to pursue their academic goals or professional work.
During the first eight weeks, morning classes focus on consolidating basic and intermediate Japanese skills essential for further advancement. Students also develop skills needed to converse successfully with people of varying social levels. During the second eight weeks, the focus is on developing skills in advanced discourse. The proper use of Japanese conjunctions is emphasized. Grammatical constructions and patterns necessary for sophisticated and extended speech are introduced. Small group instruction is integrated each day with computer-based study (individual and teacher-assisted).
The following is the description of the curriculum that is based on courses offered during the recent academic year, and may be subject to change.
First Half of Program (September - December)
- Japanese Grammar Review
- This segment reviews and consolidates both basic and intermediate Japanese skills essential for further advancement. Materials used are the Center's An Introduction to Advanced Spoken Japanese, Japanese Grammar, and computer-based grammar drill materials for aural/oral repetitive practice. Computer-based dialogue materials from the above texts are also used.
- Formal Expressions for Japanese Interaction
- Aimed at providing skill in talking with people of different social and academic levels. Covers greetings, polite language, social customs, etiquette, and other areas of social interaction. This segment uses the Center's Formal Expressions for Japanese Interaction text, published by the Japan Times. A computer-based version of this text is also available for individual productive speaking practice.
- Conjunctive Expressions in Japanese
- This is a one-week segment designed to provide skill in the proper use of Japanese conjunctions.
- Integrated Japanese Advanced Course
- Develops the skills required in advanced level discourse. The text is focused on the grammatical patterns, constructions, and expressions necessary for sophisticated and extended speech. Particular attention is paid to the differences between spoken and written usage of the patterns covered.
- Applied Japanese Skills I
- News videos and other general interest program videos are combined with newspaper and magazine articles for an integrated approach to listening and reading comprehension.
- Applied Japanese Skills II
- Excerpts from books, magazines, and newspapers are employed for reading improvement and video-taped portions of documentaries, news clips, and other general-interest programs are used for aural comprehension. Classroom discussion of these materials develops advanced skills in verbal communication.
Second Half of Program (January - May)
- Integrated Japanese Advanced Course
- This text is continued into the end of the program, depending on the progress of each section of students.
- Applied Japanese Skills III
- Develops skills in expressing and understanding topics of special interest in aural-oral and written modes. Students select classes from among such areas as modern history, business, and popular culture. Both written and video materials are utilized and discussion concerning the topics is emphasized.
- Elective Courses
- These courses provide an introduction to the vocabulary and content of each student's academic or professional area of interest. Normally, sections are organized for modern Japanese literature, anthropology, history, politics/economics, law, and listening, speaking and writing.
- Project Work
- Students pursue a research topic on a topic of their own choosing. Investigation involves academic research using written materials, interviews, polls, or other methods of inquiry.
- Final Oral Presentation
- At the end of the ten-month program, each student gives a 15-minute formal oral presentation in Japanese on a topic of the student's choice before an audience of fellow students, instructors, and guests.
- Special Kanji Intensive Program (SKIP)
- This program, pursued by students throughout the year, is one of the most important features of the Center program. Using the Kanji in Context Center texts, published by the Japan Times, students are able to systematically study the 2,136 kanji used in modern Japanese. The materials focus not only on the study of each individual kanji, but also on the vocabulary in which the kanji are used. The Center now has available a computer-based version of Kanji in Context which enables students to do highly efficient flash-card recognition of kanji/kana and students are exposed to a wide range of vocabulary throughout the year. By combining this with intensive study of individual kanji using Kanji in Context, students have the opportunity to totally master kanji before the year is over.
- Lectures and Other Educational Opportunities
- In addition to the language training program, the Center provides students with other educational opportunities, including field trips, site visits, outings, and periodic lectures by distinguished Japanese scholars and other individuals.
- Optional Courses
- A course in Japanese calligraphy is taught weekly throughout the year by a professional calligrapher. Also, a course on Japanese business organization and practices is offered. Other optional classes, such as a Kanbun course, may be offered based on demand.
- Interaction with Yokohama City University Students
- In 1998, the Center concluded a cooperative agreement with Yokohama City University that allows Center students to utilize the university library. Center students are encouraged to set up informal study groups with Yokohama City University students.
The center does not grant academic credit. However, at the end of each year the Center provides an evaluation of work completed during the Center program, a copy of which will be sent to the student's advisor upon request. Credit for work done at the Center must be arranged through the student's home institution.
The IUC is pleased to announce a new 10-month fellowship program for Ph.D. students in all fields of Japanese studies, generously sponsored by The Nippon Foundation. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC aims to provide the most promising young scholars with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange among them and with their IUC senpai.
In addition to their regular classes at the 10-month program The Nippon Foundation Fellows will:
- Meet regularly with each other and the IUC Resident Director to discuss their research interests and experiences in Japan
- Invite an IUC alumni scholar to give a lecture at the IUC
- Conduct research during the second half of the program and present their results in Japanese at the Nippon Foundation Fellows Symposium at the end of the academic year