Japanese Language Courses

The goal of the Intensive Japanese Language Program is to provide you with the means of improving your communicative skills and to assist you in achieving higher proficiency in written and spoken modern Japanese. Students will be divided into four class groups.

Each group will meet daily for two sessions of 50 minutes each, at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. In addition, students will also take a one-hour elective Japanese class meeting at 11:00 a.m. once a week.

This intensive language program grants 8 credits each semester. Students will be placed in the appropriate class after taking a placement test in Kyoto. The Japanese faculty attempt to group students with similar ability in each of the four skills (i.e., reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension).

Students arrive at the AKP Center from different home institutions that employ different texts and approaches. The AKP Language Program will not serve as a sequential continuation of what you studied at your home institutions. Think of AKP’s Language Program as an entirely new way of enhancing your skills. Do not think of  AKP as a “third year Japanese language program” for students who have completed two years of college level Japanese. The AKP operates on a completely different model. The language program at AKP will help students with varying backgrounds and similar proficiency skills to review and develop the four basic skills.

Remember that not all of your language training takes place in the classroom. In your daily interactions with your host family, your conversation partner, fellow AKP students, Visiting Faculty Fellows, and the AKP Center Staff, you will have opportunities to practice patterns that you have learned in class. We encourage you to strive constantly to add new words and phrases to your working vocabulary. Read advertisements on buses and subways. Ask about kanji that you could not recognize. Take advantage of the resources that surround you every day. Become a language fanatic.

For more information and recent activities of the Japanese Language Program, visit AKP日本語科ブログ

Eager to experience AKP’s unique Japanese language program? Apply now to AKP.