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KCJS Summer Program in Modern Japanese

Overview

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KCJS offers summer programs in various levels of modern Japanese: 2nd, 3rd, 4th year and above.

In 2016 we will add 3rd year Japanese to the Modern Japanese program. Classes meet three hours a day, five days a week for a total of 120 contact hours over the course of eight weeks. Aside from classroom instruction, field trips, an overnight excursion, and a variety of cultural activities are also included in the program.

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Schedule

Our summer program in Modern Japanese starts in late May or early June and ends at the end of July (8 weeks). For Summer 2016, the program starts on Thursday, May 26 and ends on Friday, July 22.

Please note that the following calendar is tentative and subject to change.

Monday, February 1: Application deadline
Week of February 15: Notification of admissions decisions
Monday, February 29: Deadline for Confirmation of Participation form, deposit (non-Columbia students only) and other post-decision materials

Wednesday, May 25: Students arrive
Thursday, May 26: Orientation
Friday, May 27: Placement test
Monday, May 30: Class begins
Thursday, June 23: Midterm exam
Friday, June 24-Saturday, June 25: Overnight trip
Monday, July 18: National Holiday (No Class)
Tuesday, July 19: Last day of class
Wednesday, July 20: Study day
Thursday, July 21: Final exam
Friday, July 22: Final presentation & Final ceremony

Tentative calendar (May-July) for Modern Japanese (2016) in PDF

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2nd Year Japanese

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The 2nd year Japanese program (8 credits or 2 semesters) is designed for those who have completed at least one year of college-level Japanese or the equivalent (around 150 hours of Japanese study). Students who want to take this course are expected to be at least at the Novice-High level of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines at the beginning of the course.

For a more detailed description, please follow the links provided below:
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Novice: Speaking | Writing | Listening | Reading
(see the section of “NOVICE HIGH”)

The textbook for the first four weeks will be Genki II (The Japan Times). Semi-authentic materials will be used for the second four weeks.

The goal of this course is to achieve Intermediate-Mid level or higher proficiency according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Upon successful completion of the course, the students will:

  • have a command of basic Japanese grammar and vocabulary (equivalent to JLPT N5-N4);
  • be able to communicate with others effectively in Japanese in familiar situations/about familiar topics at a sentence-level;
  • understand written texts about familiar topics related to everyday life and personal interests in Japanese.

Syllabus for 2nd Year (Intermediate) Japanese for 2015

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3rd Year Japanese

The 3rd Year Japanese program (8 credits/2 semesters) is designed for those who have completed at least two years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent (around 300 hours of Japanese study). Students who want to take this course are expected to be at least at the Intermediate-Mid level of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines at the beginning of the course.

For a more detailed description, please follow the links provided below:
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Intermediate: Speaking | Writing | Listening | Reading
(see the section of “INTERMEDIATE MID”)

The textbook, Tobira (Kuroshio), will be used alongside authentic materials such as newspapers, novels, and TV programs.

The goal of this course is to achieve Intermediate-High or above of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Upon successful completion of the course, the students will:

  • have a command of intermediate-level grammar and vocabulary (equivalent to JLPT N3-N2);
  • understand both spoken and written Japanese correctly about a variety of topics;
  • be able to express his/her opinions at the paragraph level in socially appropriate manner.

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4th Year Japanese and Above

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The 4th Year Japanese and Above program (8 credits/ 2 semesters) is designed for those who have completed at least three years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent (around 450 hours of Japanese study). The students who want to take this course are expected to be at the Intermediate-High level or above of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency Guidelines at the beginning of the course. Please note that depending on the results of the placement test, the students may be placed in a different level than they apply for.

For a more detailed description, please follow the links provided below:
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Intermediate: Speaking | Writing | Listening | Reading
(see the section of “INTERMEDIATE HIGH”)

Authentic materials such as newspaper, novels, and TV news will be used alongside Donna toki Doo tsukau Nihongo Hyoogen Bunkei 500 (ALC) and Kanji in Context (The Japan Times). In addition, the students will have the opportunity to pursue an individualized project based on their own interests and give a presentation about their project at the end of the program.

The goal of this course is to achieve Advanced-Low or above of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Upon successful completion of the course, the students will:

  • have a command of advanced-level grammar and vocabulary including kango vocabulary and idiomatic expressions (equivalent to JLPT N2-N1);
  • understand more abstract and complicated ideas presented in both speaking and writing;
  • be able to participate in discussions about a variety of topics;
  • be able to narrate and describe effectively and at length.

Syllabi from Summer 2015 program (4th year level | 5th year level | 5th year level and above (syllabus for 2014))

Sample List of Course Materials

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Highlights of the Modern Japanese Program

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.

imageSmall Classes. The KCJS Summer Program in Modern Japanese maintains small class sizes, i.e., 8-10 students per section for the 2nd- and 3rd-year levels and 5-7 students per section for the 4th year and above. 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.

imageConversation 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.

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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:

  • – casual meetings with students of Faculty of Policy Studies of Doshisha University;
  • – hands-on cultural activities in small groups (sushi making, zazen, tea ceremony, calligraphy,flower arrangement, origami, and Japanese traditional dance);
  • – a workshop on wadaiko (traditional Japanese drums).
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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:

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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.

Comments from alumni about their experiences in the program

“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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