The - 10-month program begins on , and ends on , .
In the 10-month program, classes are conducted from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Wednesday afternoons are reserved for extra-curricular activities. The number of classes per week is reduced in the latter half of the program to accommodate the increase in specialized study and tutorial instruction. Students admitted to the Center should be prepared to devote themselves full time to language study. The workload does not leave time for dissertation research or for outside employment.
The program is divided into two parts. In the first half of the program, teaching is geared toward development of competence in constructing complex utterances and extended discourse, using Japanese accurately and appropriately in social settings, and expressing and understanding Japanese on general topics. This training provides a solid foundation for specialized, advanced language training. In the second half of the program, instruction centers on developing specialized language skills necessary for students to pursue their academic goals or professional work.
During the first eight weeks, morning classes focus on consolidating basic and intermediate Japanese skills essential for further advancement. Students also develop skills needed to converse successfully with people of varying social levels. During the second eight weeks, the focus is on developing skills in advanced discourse. The proper use of Japanese conjunctions is emphasized. Grammatical constructions and patterns necessary for sophisticated and extended speech are introduced. Small group instruction is integrated each day with computer-based study (individual and teacher-assisted).
The center does not grant academic credit. However, at the end of each year the Center provides an evaluation of work completed during the Center program, a copy of which will be sent to the student's advisor upon request. Credit for work done at the Center must be arranged through the student's home institution.
The IUC is pleased to announce a new 10-month fellowship program for Ph.D. students in all fields of Japanese studies, generously sponsored by The Nippon Foundation. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC aims to provide the most promising young scholars with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange among them and with their IUC senpai.
In addition to their regular classes at the 10-month program The Nippon Foundation Fellows will:
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