The IUC Summer Program is designed for people who desire to acquire professional-level proficiency in Japanese, primarily students who intend to focus on Japan as scholars or to specialize in fields such as law and business, as well as people who are currently employed in work related to Japan. We seek especially to address the needs of those who wish to raise the level of their overall language skills by engaging in cooperative communication with fellow students in class.
The Inter-University Center's Summer Program class sessions are focused on advanced spoken Japanese. The objective is to acquire the ability to naturally, correctly, and appropriately express thoughts and opinions. Fifty years of instruction in our ten-month program and our summer courses have demonstrated convincingly that the best way to achieve improvement of one's Japanese is to work on all major skill areas (speaking, listening, writing, and reading, all of which reinforce each other), with emphasis on speaking.
The learning experience in the IUC summer program is enriched by having students from various fields in the same class. Most of the vocabulary one needs for reading and discussion is common to all academic and professional specializations. Students benefit from mutual stimulation and synergies that arise from the encounter of their distinctive backgrounds.
To realize the maximum positive results in the seven weeks of our Summer Program, we place greatest emphasis on two objectives:
Field trips provide the opportunity to acquire greater understanding of Japanese culture and society, as well as chances to use Japanese outside the classroom.
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