Department of Chinese Language and Culture

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Department of Chinese Language and Culture

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In the Department of Chinese Language and Culture, acquisition of practical Chinese language skills is the cornerstone. Chinese language and culture are studied through the aspects of Chinese linguistics, literature, thought and history.
The Department of Chinese Language and Culture is a place of fundamental education and research about China. Students initially undergo training in basic Chinese language and cultural studies, in addition to learning basic computer skills, after which, while strengthening their language skills students can begin more comprehensive study of all things connected to China from their particular field of interest as a starting point. Students are given thorough learning and research support throughout their studies by instructors who are experts in a wide variety of fields in Chinese studies. The department has a well established reputation for the effectiveness of its practically based language and language study courses through tuition by native speakers.

1.Education and Research

Through a combination of both Japanese and Chinese instructors, our academic staff work diligently to provide language education, study abroad programs, and consistent guidance on academic research in their respective specialist fields. Our language education also utilizes an extensive range of learning PC software and hardware to enhance language learning experience, and though this multi-faceted approach we aim to equip our students with a strong practical Chinese language ability in the four skills, “reading, writing, listening and speaking,” so that they can actually apply these skills in real situations. We aim to develop students who, having gained a specialist knowledge of Chinese society and culture, have proficient IT skills in the Eastern Asian Chinese writing system and who can above all, in today’s society, become talented personnel who are able to fully apply the skills they have gained in all kinds of fields related to China.

Educational principles

With its long history and massive landmass China is a truly complex and fascinating nation. The department provides a multifaceted and comprehensive education program that explores the language, scholarly and social aspects of China.

In order to do this, firstly a high level command of Chinese language is required, and through the combined teaching of our Japanese and Chinese instructors our language curriculum has been carefully designed from beginner level to that of mastery, to equip our students with a strong practical all-round Chinese language ability in the four skills of “reading, writing, listening and speaking.” We have a study abroad program provided so that students may further brush-up their language skills. Also when it comes to the increasingly indispensable information processing skills, our student’s skills in this area are developed through training in the use of an extensive range of PC software and hardware. Through this training they will be equipped with the necessary skills enabling them to work with Chinese language input systems, to search for and post information on the internet, so that they will have the know-how to perform such operations where the East Asian Chinese writing system is being used.

With this practical know-how as a foundation, our students can go on to study, from a variety of angles more deeply about Chinese culture and its peoples, and to pursue learning more specifically attuned to their individual interests. Students will receive careful tuition from instructors who are specialists in their given fields through an ongoing coherent curriculum from the basics through to the specialized fields of Chinese linguistics, literature, art, thought and history, mainly as they progress in their research can achieve a wide and in-depth understanding of China.

This department has always placed particular emphasis on this kind of practical ability in tandem with specialization, with the aim of developing talented personnel who will be active leaders in society, and will contribute to education and research for the benefit of the next generation, for Japan, China and reaching out to the rest of the world.

Learning goals (by year)
First year

Students in first year learn the basics of Chinese as they undertake compulsory courses in Chinese language “Chinese Language 1 to 8.” In addition they are required to take the compulsory subjects “Fundamentals of Chinese Studies” and “Introduction to Chinese Studies 1 to 6.” These courses will give freshmen a good basic grounding in Chinese literature, thought, history etc.

Second year

Through the courses “Chinese Language 9 to14” (compulsory) students shall gain a more comprehensive level of language ability. In addition, according to their needs, students can take the courses “Reading in Chinese 1 & 2,” “Writing in Chinese 1 & 2,” “Listening in Chinese 1 & 2,” “Speaking in Chinese 1 & 2” for the purpose of further developing their practical language skills. Students also take courses in a variety of specialized fields such as Chinese linguistics, literature, thought and history in order to broaden their overall knowledge of China.

Third year

In third year there are two main paths of study available to students. Students may choose to enroll in “Research Seminar 1 & 2”, join a small seminar group of students who will do research under the guidance of one specialist instructor in a given area of specialized learning. Alternatively, students who choose not to join a seminar course may select to take the course “Special Research in Chinese Studies 1 & 2”, in which they will conduct research related to specified topics. In addition as a continuation of the language studies undertaken during first and second year, third years take the language courses, “Reading in Chinese 3 to 6,” “Writing in Chinese 3 to 6,” “Listening in Chinese 3 to 6,” “Speaking in Chinese 3 to 6” in order to achieve more advanced command of the Chinese language. Third and fourth year students also undertake special practice courses, to gain a more specialized level of knowledge regarding China.

Fourth year

Students who elect to take the “Graduation Seminar 1 & 2” must author a graduation thesis, a compilation of their 4 years of learning. Alternatively, students who have not selected to join a seminar will take the course “Special Research in Chinese Studies for Graduation 1 & 2” in which they will conduct research related to their four years of study on specified topics. It is our aim for students at the fourth year level to further extend their applied skills from the Chinese language and other specialized courses taken over their first three years of study.

2.Admission Policy

Based on the admission policy of the College of Humanities and Sciences, the Department of Chinese Language and Culture admits students who will strive to develop a wide knowledge of ancient to contemporary Chinese society and culture, to actively study the Chinese language, and who will in future seek to actively contribute to international understanding and interaction.