Japanese

Department Chair: Ms. Junko Hayami

Our Japanese department follows the same level curriculum as that which is taught in Japan. In addition to Kokugo, we provide Nihongo (JSL) classes for students who haven't had enough education in Japanese. We aim to enhance their ability in Japanese to prepare them for Keio University.

Kokugo 9

This course provides students with classes that are the same level as those given in the last year of junior high school in Japan by using Japanese textbooks. By learning various topics through a variety of reading materials, students can acquire basic knowledge of kanji, as well as vocabulary and grammar. The goal of this course is for students to develop language skills through reading, writing and presentations. Students are divided into classes according to their language skills while considering the differences in each student's background.

Kokugo 10

This course provides students with classes that are the same level as those given in the first year of high school in Japan by using Japanese textbooks, offering both modern and classic Japanese literature lessons. By reading well-known literature, students expand their vocabulary and their ways of expression. Through writing and presentations in class, they learn how to further express themselves. Furthermore, students also learn how to read basic classic Japanese and Chinese literature. Students are divided into classes according to their language skills while considering the differences in each student's background.

Kokugo 11

This course provides students with classes that are the same level as those given in the second year of high school in Japan by using Japanese textbooks. By reading various examples of modern Japanese literature, they learn to see, feel, and think of ideas independently, which leads them to develop their ability to express themselves as well as their critical thinking and reading skills. They also expand their knowledge by reading more advanced classics in Japanese and Chinese, building upon the knowledge they gained during the previous year. Students are divided into classes according to their language skills while considering the differences in each student's background.

Kokugo 12

This course provides students with classes that are the same level as those given in the final year of high school in Japan using textbooks from Japan. This course prepares students for college-level knowledge necessary for being successful at Keio University. Through hours of writing, reading, presentations and discussions, they learn how to articulate their thoughts as well as find more profound methods of expression by reading various materials. They will also advance their understanding of classical Japanese based on the knowledge they gained from the previous two years.

Nihongo 9

The purpose of 9th grade Nihongo class is to master basic Japanese language skills. It is designed to prepare students for 10th grade Kokugo classes. They practice kanji and read various types of essays to increase their vocabulary. Students also write summaries and essays in order to improve their writing skills. The Kokugo/Nihongo department makes the decision whether or not it is necessary for students to take Nihongo classes, which are designed around the individual needs of each student.

Nihongo 10

The purpose of 10th grade Nihongo class is to master basic Japanese language skills. It is designed to prepare students for 11th grade Kokugo classes. They practice kanji and read various types of essays to increase their vocabulary. Students also write summarize and essays in order to improve their writing skills. The Kokugo/Nihongo department makes the decision whether or not it is necessary for students to take Nihongo classes, which are designed around the individual needs of each student.

Nihongo 11

The purpose of 11th grade Nihongo class is to teach advanced Japanese language skills. Students practice advanced kanji and read more advanced materials on various topics, learning how to express their opinions in a logical way. It is designed to prepare students for 11th and 12th grade Kokugo classes. The Kokugo/Nihongo department makes the decision whether or not it is necessary for students to take Nihongo classes, which are designed around the individual needs of each student.

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