Through our Japanese language program, we aim for the simultaneous development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. From the start, students will learn hiragana, katakana, and kanji. In the classroom, we focus on enhancing students' oral proficiency through an extensive use of the spoken language, allowing for the development of accurate grammar and culturally-appropriate communication skills.
For students who have achieved an intermediate level of proficiency (three semesters or more), the Japanese minor can provide a more rigorous study of Japanese language, literature, and culture, positioned in a larger Asian picture. For more information click here: Japanese Minor.
We are currently using the textbook, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Genki I & II.
Our literature and culture courses (JAPN 320, 321, and 330) provide students with the opportunity to surpass familiar cultural spheres and to engage intellectually in complicated issues related to Japan, Asia, and the global community. In the process of learning, students will become interlocutors, translators, and critics of the diverse cultures that they are exploring.
We get the opportunity to learn about the politics, school system, business, arts, and everyday life while in that country. We learn it in class and when we step outside of the classroom, we are able to see and use what we learned. We get to see how the world operates in that country, from eyes of that country.
SJU Student Ambassador to Japan
Visiting students from Bunkyo, Japan attend Prof. Jeff DuBois' JAPN 312 class, spring 2016