Japanese Language Program 2017
June 26 - July 27, 2017
Since the International Division at Seinan Gakuin University was established in 1973, we have offered one-semester or one-year study abroad programs concentrating on Japanese language and culture. The completion of the new international student residence, International House (I-House), in 2004 has allowed us to offer Japanese language education experiences for more international students. The four-week Summer Intensive Japanese Program accepts up to 40 students each year at four different levels I-IV of classes. Lecturers are all highly experienced in Japanese language education, both in our year-long exchange programs and at other universities both here and abroad. The incoming students are from both partner and non-partner institutions from around the world, making for a richly international learning environment in which to experience many other cultures and to learn more about the world, in and through the Japanese language.
Benefits and Features
of our program
In addition to a classroom subject, our Japanese classes are based on the following contents, by which the students are expected to learn Japanese language, including grammar, words and expressions, more effectively and aggressively.
1) Learning through Activities (“TAIKEN-GATA GAKUSHU”)
“TAIKEN-GATA GAKUSHU” is a way of learning language through various kinds of activities, which is different from a general class only with a textbook. The students can learn Japanese language, experiencing the pleasure of communicating in Japanese.
For example, students might have interviews with many Japanese people about themes based on their interests. At first, the students are to study grammar or words, and to practice their interview in advance (Preparation). Secondly, they will go out to interview Japanese people (Experience). Finally, they will review the contents of their interview to review expressions or words (Review). This flow of “TAIKEN-GATA GAKUSHU” can grow both confidence and competence in Japanese language.
This is a very effective way of learning language so that students can acquire practical Japanese language skills.
2) Learning in a group of students of different levels
and nationalities (“TATEWARI Activity”)
The students are divided into groups, where students of different levels of Japanese language, and nationalities are mixed, and the group members work for one theme through Japanese. This is called “TATEWARI Activity” in Japanese and communicating in Japanese with students of different levels and nationalities enables one to learn Japanese effectively. For example, a group might make a skit, in which differences of the way of dating between elderly and youth are shown with humor.
The four-week program offers students a unique opportunity to experience Japan and the Japanese language without the need for an extended stay, and all the while earning two to four semester credits (US) to apply toward graduation at students' home universities.
- Class I
- Class II
- Class III
- Class IV
* "Course Summary", "Preparatory Work", "Textbooks, Course Materials", "Grading Criteria" and "Note" in Syllabus are for reference and can be changed.
- Four different levels I-IV of classes with about 15 or fewer students
- Four-week intensive language instructions, exams, workshops, language lab activities, and on- and off-campus field work.
- Field trips to local shrines, temples and other local attractions.
- A two-day field trip in/near Kyushu area to visit local sights of historical interest
- 90 mins x 2 classes x 15 days and exams
* Project work (field work, interviews with Japanese students, etc) are scheduled outside regular class periods. For reference, see last summer's class schedule.
* Placement Test: Students are all given a placement test at the first day of the program. They are placed in one of four levels of classes based on its results.
Sample Schedule : Summer Program 2016 [PDF:268KB]
|Welcome Party||Off-Campus Excursion||TANABATA Festival|
|Japanese Home Visit||HAKAMA Fitting Activity||HAKATA YAMAKASA Festival|
|Field Trip (2DAYS)||Calligraphy||Flower Arrangement|
|Tea Ceremony||Conversation with
|Inter-exchange at I-House|
Participants will stay in the residence for international students, Seinan Gakuin University International House (I-House), opened in February 2004. This facility projects a hotel-like, modern-style design with clean kitchens on every floor and lounges where you can comfortably relax. Students will stay in one of the 55 single rooms, each equipped with air conditioner, bed, desk, chair, refrigerator, toilet, lights and sink with hot and cold water. There are shared kitchens, shower rooms, and washing/drier machines available. All necessary equipment for living is available at the I-House, ensuring a comfortable stay during the program. Besides other international students, some Japanese students live there and are always very helpful as international students adjust to life in Fukuoka. Everyone is happy to share meals and eat foods from many different countries. It offers a relaxed environment for both study and intercultural exchange.
*Housing will be available from June 24 (Sat) to noon, July 28 (Fri).
*All the participants are expected to stay at the I-House.
*Due to the balance of number of residents in the dormitory, participants might be placed in the off-campus dormitory (twin bedded room).
There are shared kitchens in the dormitory, so participants can cook themselves. Just under ten minutes on foot, they will be able to buy groceries at the Nishijin or Fujisaki shopping Street. There are also many restaurants, pubs, and grocers in these areas offering a wide range of cuisines from many countries. Students can also have meals at two on-campus cafeterias at reasonable prices.
Participants will have access to the library, the language laboratory, and also internet resources through the Seinan Academic Information Network System (SAINS) for free. Passwords for internet access will be issued during orientation. For students who wish to access the system from the I-House using their own computers, there is an Internet connection available at each room. You need only to submit the application form for using your own computer through SAINS. It is required that your computer has a valid anti-virus software installed.
Greet and pickup service (Fukuoka Airport, Hakata station or Hakata pier pickup) is available by Seinan Gakuin University students, and they will take you to the I-House. Additional information on points of local interests and local area maps will be provided upon arrival.
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