Graduate School of Literature
and Social Sciences, Nihon University
Introductory Program in Teaching Japanese
(From April 2020)

Aiming to educate people who will take on the era of globalization

Starting in April, 2020, the Introductory Program in Teaching Japanese will be established in the College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University and the Graduate School of Literature and Social Sciences, Nihon University. The purpose of the program is to train students to teach Japanese language and literacy. The College will provide Basic Courses and the Graduate School will provide both the Basic Courses and Applied Courses. We welcome students who wish to acquire knowledge and skills in Japanese teaching while deepening their own specialist knowledge, as well as students who aim to become fully-fledged Japanese teachers, regardless of whether they belong to the Human, Social, or Natural Sciences. Graduate students in Science and Technology (Geography) and Integrated Basic Sciences are also eligible to take courses in this program.

Introductory Program in Teaching Japanese
Aiming to educate people who will take on the era of globalization

The College

Basic Courses

Study basic courses related to teaching Japanese

Students who complete basic subjects related to teaching Japanese, such as Introduction to Japanese Teaching Methods or practical training in teaching Japanese, will receive a certificate of completion of basic courses from the College.

The College The Graduate School
The College The Graduate School

The Graduate School

Basic Courses
Applied Courses

More advanced and professional
knowledge and skills to become a Japanese teacher

Students will study different basic subjects from those in the College. The Graduate School will also provide more advanced courses. Students who complete a predetermined number of credits from a designated course group will receive a certificate of completion from the Graduate School. Additionally, a faculty member specializing in Japanese teaching will serve as a supervisor to those who wish to write a master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation with the theme of Japanese education.

Study basic courses related to teaching Japanese

Students who complete basic subjects related to teaching Japanese, such as Introduction to Japanese Teaching Methods or practical training in teaching Japanese, will receive a certificate of completion of basic courses from the College.

More advanced and professional
knowledge and skills to become a Japanese teacher

Students will study different basic subjects from those in the College. The Graduate School will also provide more advanced courses. Students who complete a predetermined number of credits from a designated course group will receive a certificate of completion from the Graduate School. Additionally, a faculty member specializing in Japanese teaching will serve as a supervisor to those who wish to write a master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation with the theme of Japanese education.

3points  
about the Introductory Program in Teaching Japanese

Point 1

After completing the courses, students will receive a certificate of completion, enabling them to work as a Japanese teacher. Along with a certificate of acceptance of the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test, which is a private exam, this certificate will be effective in students’ career formation.

Point 2

Credits acquired in the Introductory Program in Teaching Japanese may be added to credits acquired in either the College or Graduate School, so that students may pursue studieds in both an academic subject and teaching Japanese.

Point 3

As more and more people come to Japan from overseas to work, businesses emphasize the importance of knowledge and skills in teaching Japanese as a key to diversity of human resources. We provide opportunities for Japanese students to interact with overseas students and develop human resources to respond to a diversified society.

The Center for International Students and Japanese Education

The Center for International Students and Japanese Education is an institution which supports international students who belong to the College and the Graduate School, including students taking in the Introductory Program in Teaching Japanese. Experienced teachers in the Program are in charge of the management of the Center. The Center is a place for interactions between international and Japanese students!

We are planning to hold such special events as(in cooperation with Foreign Language Education Center)

  • Foreign language salons (English, Chinese, and Korean)
  • Language exchange
  • Exchange meetings with high school students, Japanese undergraduate students and International students
  • International students study tours

Newly established programs:
International Liberal Arts, and Academic Writing

International Liberal Arts

Introduction to International Japanese Studies will allow international students and Japanese students to actively participate in and dynamically debate a range of ideas and issues.

Academic Writing

Academic Writing will allow students to learn and acquire basic skills for writing academically, both in Japanese and English, in the context of an international Liberal Arts subject in the College or Graduate School. The program will also feature academic writing pedagogy courses.

Newly established programs:International Liberal Arts, and Academic Writing

Program Faculty

Yukari Tanaka (Professor)

(Photo:Kazuma Asano)

Yukari Tanaka (Professor)

Specialization
Sociolinguistics, dialectology, phonetics and phonology, pronunciation
Message
I would like to share with all students, domestic and overseas, the pleasure of understanding society through language. Through studying languages, we aim to be a research and educational institution that learns together, while providing knowledge and skills necessary for living in a diversified and information-oriented society.
Megumi Sakamoto (Professor)

Megumi Sakamoto (Professor)

Specialization
Taiguu-communication research, listening, Japanese language teaching
Message
The number of people who come from overseas and receive education or work in Japan is on the rise. In the diversifying world, coexistence through multi-culturalism has become normal. We can see how to co-exist with other cultures by learning Japanese, as well as about Japan and the Japanese, and by teaching Japanese together with people who speak a variety of native languages.
Eran Kim (Associate professor)

Eran Kim (Associate professor)

Specialization
Lexical theory, semantics, writing, vocabulary
Message
I value the experience and awareness that I acquired through studying Japanese as a second language. When you see Japanese, from another angle, there are lots of interesting discoveries. Shall we learn together in these courses?
Ting Li (Assistant professor)

Ting Li (Assistant professor)

Specialization
Taiguu-communication research, discourse theory,Japanese language teaching
Message
I would like to support learners by providing educational practice that makes full use of non-native teacher’s own strengths, so that together with learners we can build these strengths for communication in a multicultural society.
Hisashi Noda (Visiting professor)

Hisashi Noda (Visiting professor)

Specialization
Grammar, grammar education
Message
The number of people who study Japanese as a foreign language is increasing in various regions in the world. Let’s analyze Japanese objectively as a foreign language and study together.