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Department of East Asian Studies
Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Phone: (610) 526-5332
FAX: (610) 526-7479

Haverford College
Founders 123
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
Phone: (610) 795-1756

Japanese Language Program


Please also see  http://www.haverford.edu/japanese/  for events, news and news about our students/alumni.

The Bi-College Japanese Language Program serves EAS majors, Japanese minors, and any student who wishes to study the Japanese language. In addition to EAS majors, more and more students from a variety of majors are now joining a pool of Japanese minors.

Our program offers a full undergraduate curriculum in modern Japanese. By studying in our program, students may achieve a strong level of usable proficiency, which can be further heightened by studying abroad, an experience we strongly encourage. 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, either 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.

The faculty in our program are hard-working professionals dedicated to providing rigorous training in all four areas of Japanese language studies--speaking, listening, reading, and writing, in a caring environment. We pay special attention to socio-cultural propriety. In our First-Year class, we aim at helping students become thinkers in Japanese as quickly as possible. For that to happen, we limit the use of English to an absolute minimum. Students often express their amazement at how fast they have become speakers of Japanese. We also make extensive use of technologies widely available to us. Our students in the Second-Year class and above greatly benefit from our long-standing language partnership with Japanese residents in the area. Students visit with their language partners once a week, either at their home or on campus. This adds a valuable learning experience outside class. Many students develop long lasting friendship with their language partners.

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. 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.

Every year, among our graduates, some are accepted to go to Japan under a “JET” program: the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, where they participate in developing strong relationships with their local communities through foreign language education and international exchange activities. We have also seen some go to graduate schools for further studies in East Asian studies or Japanese studies. In addition to academia there are a few who have pursued careers in translation or journalism or who work as consultants to Japanese companies. It is our hope, however, that regardless of whether one will use the language beyond college or not, every student who comes to our program will find his or her college career deeply enriched.

If you have any questions, please contact Tetsuya Sato, for clarification.

Japanese Language Faculty

 

Hank Glassman, Associate Professor (on leave Spring 20114)
Office: Founders 125
610-896-1265
hglassma@haverford.edu

Minako Kobayashi, Drill Instructor
Office: Founders 124
610-896-2902
mkobayas@haverford.edu

Tetsuya Sato, Senior Lecturer and Director of Japanese Program
tsato@haverford.edu

Kimiko Suzuki, Instructor

Office: Founders 124

610-896-1339

ksuzuki@haverford.edu


College Foreign Language Requirement

The College’s foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing CNSE 003 and 004 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in CNSE 004.

Japanese Language Placement Tests

Entering students who have already begun their study of Japanese (or have learned it at home) and who want to continue their studies must take the Japanese placement exam.

Day & Time: Thursday, August 29, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Location: Gest 101, Gest 102, and Gest 103 Haverford College

There are two parts for the placement test:

    • Part I: The Written Exam

      The exam will focus on the student's abilities in grammatical skills, use of characters, and writing skills (approximately 40 minutes).

    • Part II: The Oral Exam

      This part will be administered as an interview with one of the Japanese faculty members. In this exam we will focus on the student's fluency, and correct usage of Japanese.

Once we combine the scores for both exams, we will place each student based on their performance in first-year through fourth-year Japanese. Placement results will be available through the Dean's Office on Friday. Interested students are encouraged to attend the Academic Fair 10:30 am-1:30 pm at Bryn Mawr College (Thomas Great Hall) following the exam, or the Academic Teas 1:00-3:00 pm on Friday, August 30th, at Haverford College, where they could meet with a representative of the Japanese Program to discuss specific questions regarding the Japanese curriculum.

For further information, please contact Tetsuya Sato, tsato@haverford.edu

Study Abroad

The Department of East Asian Studies strongly recommends study abroad to maximize language proficiency and cultural familiarity. Because study abroad provides an unparalleled opportunity to study a culture from the inside, students spending a semester or year in China, Japan or Korea will be required to prepare an essay of 10 pages on some aspect of the society or culture of their host country. Sources for this essay may include course readings, magazines, novels, newspapers, television, or personal interviews. The essay may take up contemporary or historical themes.

Formal approval is required by the study abroad adviser prior to the student’s travel. Without this approval, credit for courses taken abroad may not be accepted by the East Asian Studies Department.

If studying abroad is not practical, students may consider attending certain intensive summer schools approved by the East Asian Studies Department. These plans must be worked out in concert with the department’s study abroad adviser and the student’s dean.

Haverford Japanese Language Courses

Fall 2013

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/UNITS MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
H001A01 First-year Japanese (Intensive) Semester 1/1.5

Master Class:

MWF 8:30-9:30

 

Drills:

TTH 8:30-10:00 or TTH 10:00-11:30

  Tetsuya Sato
H001A02 First-year Japanese (Intensive) Semester 1/1.5

Master Class:

MWF 9:30-10:30

 

Drills:

TTH 8:30-10:00 or TTH 10:00-11:30

  Tetsuya Sato
H003A01 Second-Year Japanese Semester 1/1

Master Class:

MWF 8:30-9:30

 

Drills:

TTh 10:15-11:15 or TTh 11:45-12:45

  Kimiko Suzuki
H003A02 Second-Year Japanese Semester 1/1

Master Class:

MWF 10:30-11:30

 

Drills:

TTh 10:15-11:15 or TTh 11:45-12:45

  Kimiko Suzuki
H101A01 Third-Year Japanese Semester 1/1

Master Class:

MWF 11:30-12:30

 

+ one hour of drills TBA

  Tetsuya Sato
H201A01

Advanced Japanese I

 

Semester 1/1 MF 12:30-2:00  

 

Kimiko Suzuki

Spring 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/UNITS MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
H002B01 First-year Japanese (Intensive) Semester 2/1.5

Master Class:

MWF 8:30-9:30

 

Drills:

TTH 8:30-10:00 or TTH 10:00-11:30

  Tetsuya Sato
H002B02 First-year Japanese (Intensive) Semester 2/1.5

Master Class:

MWF 9:30-10:30

 

Drills:

TTH 8:30-10:00 or TTH 10:00-11:30

  Tetsuya Sato
H004B01 Second-Year Japanese Semester 2/1

Master Class:

MWF 8:30-9:30

 

Drills:

TTh 10:15-11:15 or TTh 11:45-12:45

  Kimiko Suzuki
H004B02 Second-Year Japanese Semester 2/1

Master Class:

MWF 10:30-11:30

 

Drills:

TTh 10:15-11:15 or TTh 11:45-12:45

  Kimiko Suzuki
H102B01 Third-Year Japanese Semester 2/1

Master Class:

MWF 11:30-12:30

 

+ one hour of drills TBA

  Kimiko Suzuki

H201A01

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Japanese I

Semester 2/1 MF 1:00-2:30  

 

Tetsuya Sato

 

Japanese Language Courses

JNSE H001A01&02:  First-Year Japanese
Class meets five days a week:  one hour on MWF and 90 minutes on TTH; students must choose either the 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.

 JNSE H002B01&02: First-Year Japanese
Class meeets five days a week:  one hour on MWF and 90 minutes on TTH; students must choose either the 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

JNSE H003A01&02:  Second-Year Japanese
Class meets five days a week:  students must choose either the 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.)

JNSE H004B01&02:  Second-Year Japanese
Class meets five days a week:  students must choose either the 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.)

JNSE H101A01: Third-Year Japanese
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.

JNSE H202B01: Third-Year Japanese

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.

JNSE H201A01:  Advanced Japanese
Continued training in modern Japanese, with particular emphasis on reading texts, mastery of the kanji, and expansion of vocabulary. Explores a variety of genres and text types using authentic materials.

JNSE H201B01:  Advanced Japanese
Continued training in modern Japanese, with particular emphasis on reading texts, mastery of the kanji, and expansion of vocabulary. Explores a variety of genres and text types using authentic materials.