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KCJS Summer Program in Classical Japanese 2024



The six-week Classical Japanese program (O4207& O4208; 8 points of semester credit) is intended primarily for beginning students who have no prior knowledge of Classical Japanese (bungo 文語 / kobun 古文 / kogo 古語, etc.). Taught in English, the course offers a systematic, intensive introduction to the grammar of classical Japanese as well as some instruction in reading cursive Japanese, primarily variant kana (hentaigana). Students will generally find that they also have an improved grasp of modern Japanese grammar and will also gain experience in using Japanese-Japanese dictionaries. Studying at KCJS for the summer will enable you to:

  • Learn classical Japanese under the guidance of a renowned scholar of Classical Japanese
  • Raise your Japanese language proficiency to a higher level in a short period of time
  • Participate in a variety of cultural activities held virtually

Classes meet four hours a day, five days a week for six weeks, for a total of 120 contact hours.

The eligibility requirements are as follows.

  • Open to undergraduates and graduate students in good academic standing. Recent graduates may also apply.
  • Must have completed three years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Minimum 3.0 average GPA in Japanese language courses.

Classical Japanese Syllabus and Schedule for 2024.

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Program Schedule

June 13 (Thursday) : Class orientation
June 14 (Friday) : Class begins
July 15 (Monday) : No class (national holiday)
July 26 (Friday): Final exam and closing ceremony

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Daily Class Schedule

9:30 am – 1:30 pm (JST), Monday through Friday

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Highlights of the Classical Japanese Program

Experienced and Professional Instructor. The KCJS Summer Program in Classical Japanese has been taught by renowned scholars of classical Japanese who have researched and taught in higher education in the North America.

imageRapid Acquisition of Classical Japanese. The KCJS Summer Program in Classical Japanese is designed for students who have proficiency in modern Japanese but (usually) have not studied classical Japanese before. Taught in English, the course offers a systematic, intensive introduction to the grammar of classical Japanese, which will enable you to read authentic texts with a dictionary by the end of the term.

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