Japanese Language Courses
(Fall and Spring; 1-3 credits or equivalents per course)
Saga University offers the three lowest levels and the two highest levels of language courses: 1) the first half of beginning, 2) the second half of beginning, 3) the first half of intermediate, 4) the first half of advanced and 5) the second half of advanced. Students are required to take a Japanese placement test upon their arrival, and will be placed at a level according to their language test score. The program offers choices among the beginning levels and the beginning intermediate level and among the advanced levels, and students are able to gain Japanese skills either at the daily-life level or an academic level. SPACE undergraduate students can earn credits after completing these courses. SPACE graduate students can officially obtain scores, and have the learning periods recognized.
Lectures and Drills
Beginning I, meeting three times per week, 90 minutes for each
It is 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 and Katakana. Successful students will achieve a proficiency level equivalent to level N5 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).
Beginning II, meeting three times per week, 90 minutes for each
It is designed for students who have basic knowledge of Japanese or who have successfully finished JLLB1 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. Successful students will achieve the proficiency level equivalent to JLPT level N4.
Intermediate I, meeting three times per week, 90 minutes for each
It is designed for students understanding beginning-level Japanese and who have started studying intermediate level Japanese or who have successfully completed JLLB2 at Saga University. The aim of this course is for students to actively use beginning-level Japanese through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities, and to learn intermediate-level grammar items and expressions.
The instructor does not give explanations to the student in each of the following practice courses, but help the students to acquire the specified skills with or without the help of Japanese student volunteers.
Practice of Kanji and Vocabulary, Beginnings I and II and Intermediates I and II, once per week, 90 minutes
Each of the students learns the writings and readings of kanji at his or her level everyday by him- or herself. He or she checks his or her own weekly learnings of kanji in the class, helped by the instructor and Japanese student volunteers. You have two examinations in one semester.
Practice of Reading, at all levels, once per week, 90 minutes
Each of the students reads one Japanese book after another that the instructor brings to class. He or she will make an oral presentation on the content of the book that he or she finishes reading among the students at the same proficiency level.
Practice in Tutorial, at all levels, once per week, 90 minutes
Each of the students decides what aspect of the language or the communication in the language he or she learns in the course. He or she checks his learnings with the help of the instructor.
Lectures and drills
Academic Japanese Courses at the levels of advanced and intermediate II, once per week, 90 minutes for each
Students who have Japanese proficiency of Intermediate II or higher can also register for Academic Japanese Courses at those levels.
Japanese Curriculum of Saga University
90 minutes for one time class
|Course Title||Meeting Times||Type of Skills||Offered Semester||Levels|
|Lectures and Drills|
|Integrated Japanese Beginning I||3||Integrated||Fall and Spring||Beginning I|
|Integrated Japanese Beginning II||3||Integrated||Fall and Spring||Beginning II|
|Integrated Japanese Intermediate I||3||Integrated||Fall and Spring||Intermediate I|
|Academic Japanese D||1||Writing||Fall and Spring||Intermediate II|
|Academic Japanese B||1||Oral Presentation||Fall and Spring||Advanced|
|Academic Japanese E||1||Report Writing||Fall and Spring||Advanced|
|Japanese Practices B/D||1||Kanji and Vocabulary||Fall/Spring||Beginnings I, II, and Intermediates I, II|
|Academic Japanese A/C||1||Reading Comprehension||Fall/Spring||All levels|
|Japanese Practices A/C||1||Tutorial||Fall/Spring||All levels|