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KCJS offers summer programs in intermediate (2nd year) and advanced (4th year and above) modern Japanese.
In 2014 we changed the length of the program from six weeks to eight weeks. The new 8-week modern Japanese program provides students with more extensive immersion in Japanese culture and language.
Our summer program in Modern Japanese starts in early June and ends at the end of July (8 weeks).
The Intermediate Japanese program (8 points of semester credit) is designed for those who have completed at least one year of college-level Japanese or the equivalent. Classes meet three hours a day, five days a week for eight weeks, for a total of 120 contact hours. The textbook for the first four weeks will be “Genki II” (Japan Times). Authentic materials (newspaper articles, short stories, etc.) will be used for the second four weeks. Field trips, an overnight excursion, and a variety of cultural activities are also included.
The Advanced Japanese program (8 points of semester credit) is designed for those who have completed at least three years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent. Classes meet three hours a day, five days a week for eight weeks, for a total of 120 contact hours. Field trips, an overnight excursion, and a variety of cultural activities are also included.
Experienced and Professional Instructors. All instructors in the KCJS Summer Program in Modern Japanese have earned either a master’s degree or Ph.D. in related fields from American universities, and have extensive experience in teaching Japanese as a second/foreign language. Our faculty are either full-time KCJS instructors or are drawn from consortium member schools such as Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia, and Yale University. Each and every instructor is dedicated to improving your Japanese ability and enriching your learning experiences here in Kyoto.
Small Classes. The KCJS Summer Program in Modern Japanese maintains small class sizes, i.e., 8-10 students per section for the intermediate level and 5-7 students per section for the advanced level . You will have abundant opportunities to participate in class activities and interact with peers and instructors in order to refine your Japanese language skills. The small size of each class also enables instructors to devote personal attention to individual students and design and tailor the curriculum to your particular needs and linguistic ability.
Conversation Partners. Each of the participants in the KCJS Summer Program in Modern Japanese will be paired with a conversation partner who is a native speaker of Japanese. Your partner will be either an undergraduate or graduate student of Doshisha or Kyoto University, and will meet with you twice a week, for one hour at a time. This is a unique opportunity to make new friends and practice authentic Japanese. Furthermore, your partner will likely introduce you to his/her own friends, thereby extending your peer network here in Kyoto.
Extracurricular Activities. The KCJS Summer Program in Modern Japanese offers various extracurricular activities on a weekly basis in the afternoon. These activities are elective. The activities for Summer 2015 are:
Special activities in conjunction with the Gion Matsuri. Students in the KCJS Summer Programs in Modern and Classical Japanese have special opportunities to experience the Gion Matsuri, one of the three major festivals in Japan. The Gion Matsuri takes place during the month of July, and the KCJS Summer Programs will offer:
Overnight trip to Nara. Students in the KCJS Summer Program in Modern Japanese will have an opportunity to take an overnight trip to Nara with the students in the Classical Japanese program. Nara was the capital of Japan for about seventy years in the eighth century before Kyoto became the capital in 794. Nara is full of places of historical significance, including Todai-ji and Horyu-ji, which are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will be free to create your own plans to stroll through the area and enjoy these beautiful sights. Round-trip transportation, overnight lodging, dinner and breakfast will be provided.
“Learned a lot of new skills and I think I am getting better at communicating with local Japanese. I am actually a little bit surprised that after these two months I am able to understand most of other Japanese say to me.”
“My conversation partner was great and helped me improve my Japanese. Interacting with Japanese students helped with my communication skills.”
“I had a wonderful time in this class, and I have learned much more than I thought was possible in 8 weeks. Coming here has only strengthened my resolve to one day come here for even longer and continue studying Japanese.”
“I was surprised at how I was able to hold conversations at my level [with my conversation partner].”
“I think this was the best learning experience in Japanese I’ve had.”
“Sensei was extremely helpful and encouraging. Sensei took into account our individual strengths, weaknesses, and personalities, which was great.”
“Because of the class, I felt like my Japanese improved and the rigor of the assignments has prepared me to continue studying Japanese.”
“Nara and Taiko were perhaps the highlights, as well as learning about Gion Matsuri while in Kyoto.”
“The Taiko experience was probably the most fun because the Taiko group had great personalities and everyone was having fun. The Nara ryokan was one-of-a-kind experience. I liked how we were able to go about freely.”
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