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KCJS Summer Program in Modern Japanese

Overview

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KCJS launched its Advanced Japanese program in the summer of 2009. In five years, nearly 100 students have completed the program.

In 2014, KCJS will expand the modern Japanese program by adding an intermediate level program (equivalent to second year Japanese) and changing the length of the program from six weeks to eight weeks. The new 8-week modern Japanese program will provide students with more extensive immersion in Japanese culture and language.

Calendar for the 2014 KCJS Summer Program in Modern Japanese (applicable to both Intermediate and Advanced courses)

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Intermediate Japanese

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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.

Syllabus for Intermediate Japanese for 2014

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Advanced Japanese

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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.

Advanced Japanese Syllabus from Summer 2014 program (4th year level | 5th year level | 5th year level and above)

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 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.

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. The activities for Summer 2014 are:

  • - a casual meeting with Doshisha and Kyoto University students;
  • - hands-on cultural activities in small groups (sushi making, tea ceremony, calligraphy, zazen and wagashi making);
  • - a workshop on wadaiko (traditional Japanese drums);
  • - a workshop on how to use kaishi (kaishi is a kind of paper used in place of a handkerchief on special occasions such as the tea ceremony).
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Special activities in conjunction with the Gion Matsuri. All 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. All students in the KCJS Summer Program in Modern Japanese will 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

“I was challenged in every class and was able to learn a lot in the last 6 weeks.”

“I think this was the best learning experience in Japanese I’ve had.”

“My conversation partner was excellent, and I was able to vastly improve my speaking through meeting with her!”

“Sensei was extremely helpful and encouraging. Sensei took into account our individual strengths, weaknesses, and personalities, which was great.”

“My goal is to improve my spoken Japanese. Hence, I’m quite satisfied with my progression in this six weeks.”

“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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OFFICE OF GLOBAL PROGRAMS/COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Office of Global Programs

606 Kent Hall
Columbia University
1140 Amsterdam, Mail Code 3948
New York, NY 10027 USA
Tel: 212-854-2559
Fax: 212-854-5164
Email: ogp@columbia.edu

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies 京都アメリカ大学コンソーシアム

Doshisha University, 2F Fusokan
Karasuma Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori
Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8580 JAPAN

602-8580
京都市上京区今出川通烏丸東入
同志社大学 扶桑館2F

Tel: 075-251-4995
Tel: (+81-75-251-4995)
Fax: 075-229-6300
Fax: (+81-75-229-6300)
Email: fs2244@columbia.edu