For Foreign Student

Japanese Language Programs

There are two kinds of Japanese classes at Saga University.

1. Japanese Language Program for Everybody

We offer Japanese courses at six (6) levels from beginning to advance. You will learn Japanese you can use in your academic and daily life in Japan. Every international student at Saga University can take any of these courses.
If you are a ‘Special Audit Student’, you can obtain credits after you successfully have completed a course. Other statuses students can receive a certificate of completion if desired.

2.Japanese Language Program for Undergraduate Students

This program is for undergraduate students whose Japanese language levels are intermediate or advanced. However, non-Saga University students may possibly be refused entry into courses depending on language level and/or demand among Saga University undergraduate students.

You need to take a Placement Test before each semester if you want to enroll in either of the above programs.


JAPANESE LANGUAGE COURSES
(Fall and Spring; 1-6 credits per course)
Saga University offers Japanese courses at six levels from beginning to advance. Students will take a placement test after their arrival and will be placed according to their language levels. The program offers flexibility and choice, enabling students to progress from basic daily life skills in the lower levels through to academic skills in the more advanced levels.

Japanese Language Level I (JLL1)

Designed for students who have little or no knowledge of Japanese. The purpose of this level is to acquire the first half of basic Japanese grammar enabling students to be proficient in speaking, writing, listening, and reading. This level focuses on enhancing oral proficiency, including listening skills. Students will also learn Japanese characters: Hiragana, Katakana, and approximately 120 Kanji. Successful students will achieve a proficiency level equivalent to level N5 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Students can register in either the Integrated Japanese I (6 classes per week) or select one or more courses from Kanji I, Grammar I, Speaking I, and Reading I.

Japanese Language Level II (JLL2)
Designed for students who have basic knowledge of Japanese or who have successfully finished JLL1 at Saga University. The purpose of this level is to acquire the second half of basic Japanese grammar enabling students to be proficient in speaking, writing, listening, and reading. It focuses on developing more intricate parts of oral proficiency. Students at this level will learn approximately 300 Kanji. Successful students will achieve the proficiency level equivalent to JLPT level N4. Students can register in either the Integrated Japanese II (6 classes per week) or select one or more courses from Kanji II, Grammar II, Speaking II, Reading II, and Writing II.

Japanese Language Level III (JLL3)
Designed for students understanding beginner-level Japanese and who have started studying intermediate level Japanese or who have successfully completed JLL2 at Saga University. The aim of this course is for students to actively use beginner- level Japanese through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities, and to learn intermediate-level grammar items and expressions. Students can register in the Integrated Japanese III (5 classes per week) or select one or more from Kanji III, Speaking III, Reading III, and Writing III.

Japanese Language Level IV (JLL4)
Designed for students who can comprehend Japanese in everyday situations or who have successfully completed JLL3 at Saga University. This level aims to enable students to speak, write, comprehend, and read Japanese on personal interest topics and master the grammar and expressions/words at the intermediate level. Students practice basic preparatory academic skills in Japanese. Students in this level can register in one or more courses from Reading IV, Speaking IV, Listening IV, Writing IV, and Kanji IV.

Japanese Language Level V (JLL5)
Designed for students who are able to understand/discuss concrete academic topics of interest or who have successfully completed JLL4 at Saga University. At this level, students will learn fundamental skills of academic Japanese and develop enhanced comprehensive proficiency in the Japanese language. This level focuses especially on understanding logical structure in reading and writing. Students will also develop their aural and oral skills through practical activities and tasks. Students can register in one or more courses from Reading V, Presentation V, Listening V, and Writing V.

Japanese Language Level VI (JLL6)
Designed for students who have already reached basic fluency level of Japanese or who have successfully completed JLL5 at Saga University. Students can register in one or more courses from Speaking VI, Presentation VI, Reading VI, and Writing VI.

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