This course is particularly designed for busy professionals who need to acquire basic, practical communication skills in Japanese. Emphasis is placed on spoken Japanese with useful vocabulary in various social and business situations.
The aim is to develop the student's fundamental communicative ability in Japanese for business and every day use. While learning communication skills, students are taught basic and essential structures of Japanese for further studies.
The Japanese writing systems (Hiragana & Katakana) are introduced by stages. Some Kanji (Chinese Characters) which are frequently used in social and business situations are also introduced for the purpose of reading important signs and notices.
More emphasis is placed on face-to-face communication skills by learning discourse-based Japanese. Several topics are selected to suit the student's needs and requests.
Designed to develop the student's speech skills in informal or formal situations by a gradual transfer from comprehension to production of various speeches.
Newspaper, TV & Radio News Comprehension (Intermediate - Advanced)
Using the Japanese media as the basis for examining a variety of current international/domestic affairs in business, political and social contexts.
Students should acquire proficiency in reading and comprehension skills and develop their productive skills stage by stage. In the early stages they learn to extract the relevant information in the materials and are gradually guided to sum up the content. Discussion on these topics follows each stage.
All basic courses are designed to provide students with basic, practical communication skills in Japanese as needed in everyday life. Spoken language is particularly emphasized with vocabulary useful in various social and daily situations.
Topics include shopping, visiting a bank or post office, ordering at a restaurant, going to a laundry shop and beauty parlor, requesting information, traveling, talking on the phone, invitations to various social events, etc.
While learning oral communication skills, students are taught basic and essential structures of Japanese for further studies. The Japanese writing systems, which are Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji are also introduced to enable students to recognize important signs and notices.
Designed to promote a higher level of conversational ability, these courses place an emphasis on building a wider vocabulary, developing a working knowledge of honorific expressions, formal and informal speech styles, etc.
Students will develop greater ease and confidence in conversation with the native speaker of Japanese.
In this course, participants will develop more sophisticated linguistic proficiency using various study materials according to the participants' needs. Newspaper, magazine articles, TV. and radio programs are used in the classrooms as the basis for examining and discussing a variety of current international/domestic issues in business, political and social contexts. Students should be able to converse freely with native speakers.