Bi-College Japanese Language Program

We serve East Asian Languages & Cultures majors, Japanese minors, and any Bryn Mawr College or Haverford College student who wishes to study the Japanese language. All courses are offered on the Haverford College campus.

In addition to First-Year, Second-Year, and Third-Year Japanese, we offer Advanced Japanese, which is a two-year, four-course series, each course covering a different topic, such as business, literature, international relations and contemporary social issues. This curricular design maximizes our teaching resources to meet the needs of our students who, in increasing numbers, arrive at college with multiple years of Japanese in secondary schools or who accelerate their Japanese training by studying in the summer or abroad prior to their senior year at approved schools.

Every year some graduates go to Japan under a “JET” program: the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. Others go to graduate schools for further studies in East Asian studies or Japanese studies. In addition to academia some alumni have pursued careers in translation, journalism or work as consultants to Japanese companies. Regardless of whether one will use the language beyond college or not, it is our aim that every student who comes to our program will find his or her college career enriched deeply.

ハバフォード大学・ブリンマー大学東アジア言語文化学部
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本学日本語科では、学生が本学日本研究コースや留学生活などで実際に使える日本語運用能力の習得を目標とし、初級から上級まで四つのレベルのコースを開講しています。

中上級以上のコースでは、本学日本研究コースで扱う内容や文献等も一部取り入れ、文化、文学、映画などのコースと言語コースとの関係性向上を目指しています。

コースを受講している学生には、学習者間同士の共同学習はもちろん、本学のピアチューター制度を活かし、既習者と初心者間の学習活動も推進しています。

さらに、学習活動の一環として、日本語ランチテーブル、書道ワークショップなども開催しています。また、数年に一度、玉川大学和太鼓チームによる和太鼓と舞踊のコンサートも行われ、一般公開されます。

本学日本語科に関するお問い合わせは佐藤<tsato@haverford.edu>までお気軽にお寄せください。また、本プログラムでは、会話練習等にご協力いただける方を常時募集しております。会話パートナー等にご興味がおありの方は、担当小林<mkobayas@haverford.edu>までご連絡願います。どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。


Faculty


Japanese Program Details

The Bi-College Japanese Program offers four years of instruction in modern Japanese.

  • First-year Japanese (JNSE 001–002), taught at Haverford, meets six hours per week
  • Second through Fourth-year (Advanced) Japanese (JNSE 003–004, JNSE 101–102, and JNSE 201A/B) all meet at Haverford.
  • The first-year and second-year courses in Japanese (JNSE 001–002 and 003–004, respectively) meet five days a week.
  • For the first-year courses, students must complete both semesters in order to obtain credit, whereas students earn credit for each semester for the second-year courses and above.

If you have questions, contact Tetsuya Sato (tsato@haverford.edu).


Japanese Courses

JNSEH001A01&02: First-Year Japanese
(Fall; Textbook: Genki I, The Japan Times)
Tetsuya Sato, Minako Kobayashi
Class meets five days a week: one hour on MWF 8:30-9:30 or 9:30-10:30 and 90 minutes on TTh; students must choose either TTH 8:30-10:00 slot or TTH 10:00-11:30 slot. An introduction to the four basic skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), with special emphasis on the development of conversational fluency in socio-cultural contexts. This is a year-long course; both semesters (001 and 002) are required for credit.

JNSEH002B01&02: First-Year Japanese
(Spring; Textbook: Genki I, The Japan Times)
Tetsuya Sato, Minako Kobayashi
Class meets five days a week: one hour on MWF 8:30-9:30 or 9:30-10:30 and 90 minutes on TTh; students must choose either TTH 8:30-10:00 slot or TTH 10:00-11:30 slot. An introduction to the four basic skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), with special emphasis on the development of conversational fluency in socio-cultural contexts. This is a year-long course; both semesters (001 and 002) are required for credit.

JNSEH003A01&02: Second-Year Japanese
(Fall; Textbook: Genki II, The Japan Times)
Kimiko Suzuki, Minako Kobayashi
Class meets five days a week: students must attend MWF 8:30-9:30 or 9:30-10:30 and choose either TTH 10:15-11:15 slot or TTH 11:45-12:45 slot. A continuation of first-year Japanese, with a focus on the further development of oral proficiency, along with reading and writing skills. (Students are not required to take both semesters.)

JNSEH004B01&02: Second-Year Japanese
(Spring; Textbook: Genki II, The Japan Times)
Kimiko Suzuki, Minako Kobayashi
Class meets five days a week: students must attend MWF 8:30-9:30 or 9:30-10:30 and choose either TTH 10:15-11:15 slot or TTH 11:45-12:45 slot. A continuation of first-year Japanese, with a focus on the further development of oral proficiency, along with reading and writing skills. (Students are not required to take both semesters.)

JNSEH101A01: Third-Year Japanese
(Fall; Textbook: Tobira, Kurosio Publishers)
Tetsuya Sato
MWF 11:30-12:30. A continuation of language study with further development of oral proficiency and reading/writing skills. Emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Advanced study of grammar and kanji; more training in opinion essay and report writing. Additional oral practice outside of classroom expected.

JNSEH102B01: Third-Year Japanese
(Spring; Textbook: Tobira, Kurosio Publishers)
Kimiko Suzuki
MWF 11:30-12:30. A continuation of language study with further development of oral proficiency and reading/writing skills. Emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Advanced study of grammar and kanji; more training in opinion essay and report writing. Additional oral practice outside of classroom expected.

JNSEH201A01: Advanced Japanese
(“Language and Culture” for FA16)
Kimiko Suzuki
MW Time TBA. Continued training in modern Japanese, with particular emphasis on reading texts, mastery of the kanji, and expansion of vocabulary. Explores variety of genres and text types using authentic materials.

JNSEH201B01: Advanced Japanese
(“Culture and Nationhood” for SP17)
Tetsuya Sato
MW Time TBA. Continued training in modern Japanese, with particular emphasis on reading texts, mastery of the kanji, and expansion of vocabulary. Explores variety of genres and text types using authentic materials.


Resources

An important part of the training takes place in Study Abroad programs. Our students go to Japan in their junior year, for intensive language programs and Japanese studies programs either in a Tokyo or a Nagoya area. A student may spend a semester or a year in one of these programs. They can choose home-stays with Japanese families or student dorms. There are scholarships that are available to those who choose to do study-abroad in Japan. If interested consult the Office of International Academic Programs at Haverford or the Office of International Programs at Bryn Mawr.

Some of our students take advantage of summer language programs at reputable schools as well as a special resource such as the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC). JASC is a student-led exchange program where an equal number of students from the U.S. and Japan spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing Japan-U.S. relations.