Japanese-Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields

 

Applications Accepted from Foreign Countries

This program supports the Japanese-language studies of specialists (researchers, postgraduate students, librarians, museum curators, etc.) who require high-level Japanese language ability to smoothly conduct research and work in their field. The program provides participants with practical Japanese-language ability based on a curriculum that is specifically designed for the needs of each field.


 

Program Period/Scheduled Number of Participants

2 courses are conducted every year.

  • 2-month course: 2015 Academic Year: June 2015 to August 2015 / Approx. 20 participants
  • 6-month course: 2015 Academic Year: October 2015 to April 2016 / Approx. 20 participants

Record for Past Participants (2012-2014).pdf

 

Eligible Participants

Potential participants should reside overseas and currently be active as a researcher, postgraduate student, librarian, or museum curator. They should also be active in fields such as the social sciences and humanities, and their work should be somehow related to Japan.


Application Method

Details of the application method are available on the the Japan Foundation website.
the Japan Foundation website
For inquiries, please contact the Educational Training Team at Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai of the Japan Foundation
Note: December 1, 2014 is the deadline for application for the 2015 academic year.


Training Content

 

2-Month Course 6-Month Course

[Training Concept Design]    CA Program Concept Design E.pdf

Participant Report

2-Month Course6-Month Course


Japanese-Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields (2-Month Course)

Training Content

Japanese classes in the 2-month course focus on general Japanese language proficiency and aim for level-based improvement of speaking, hearing, reading, and writing skills. Training also seeks to provide participants with Japanese-language ability useful for conducting specialized work and academic research activities.
In addition to Japanese-language classes, the 2-month course includes activities for enhancing participants' understanding of Japanese society, such as social events with the local community and field trips. Although the 2-month course does not include an intensive study period for specialized activities (research activities) like the 6-month course, it is possible for students to act independently to gather materials, meet with specialists and perform other research activities during their free time and on class holidays. As a general rule, absence from Japanese-language classes is not possible.
Program Flow (PDF 491KB)


Example of Class Schedule (Beginner and Intermediate level)

 

 

  MON TUE

WED

THU

FRI
1
(9:00-9:50)
Integrated
Japanese
Integrated
Japanese
Integrated
Japanese
Integrated
Japanese
Special class
2
(10:00-10:50)
Integrated
Japanese
Integrated
Japanese
Integrated
Japanese
Integrated
Japanese
Socio-Cultural
Experience Program/
Independent Study
3
(11:00-11:50)
Conversation Conversation Kanji Kanji
4
(13:20-14:10)
Integrated
Japanese
Oral Presentation Oral Presentation Discussion
5
(14:20-15:10)
Integrated
Japanese
Oral Presentation Oral Presentation Discussion

  

  Compulsory subjects

Compulsory classes include a general Japanese language class for increasing overall ability, and oral presentation and report classes designed to enable participants to introduce individual research themes and areas of interest in Japanese. At the end of the course, the results are given in Japanese in a final presentation.
The final presentation consists of a 5-to-10-minute speech using PowerPoint graphics created by the participant, as well as the introduction of a report written by the participant.

PowerPoint Example 1


PowerPoint Example 2 (Librarian)


Photograph of Presentation (1,2)



Japanese-Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields (6-Month Course)

Japanese classes in the 6-month course focus on Japanese language proficiency necessary for specialized work or research activities. The training also aims to assist participants in acquiring Japanese language skills necessary to collect information, give presentations, and network with related professions. The training cultivates practical Japanese language skills through research activities such as visits to related business and research institutions, as well as meetings with specialists.
Moreover, the 6-month course includes activities for enhancing participants' understanding of Japanese society, such as social events with the local community and field trips. The course also includes programs for visiting institutions related to the participants' field of expertise. Furthermore, the course includes an intensive study period for specialized activities (research activities). During this period, participants are able to focus on research activities such as the collection of materials and meeting with specialists. Although specialized activities (research activities) are conducted by consulting with a tutor, participants are expected to have a specific and concrete research theme/activity theme, and are expected to be independent and willing enough to design and plan their own specialized activities to be conducted outside the institute. Absence from Japanese-language classes is not possible.
Program Flow (PDF 204KB)


Timetable(Term2)

  Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri.
1
(9:00-9:50)
Integrated Japanese Integrated Japanese Integrated Japanese Integrated Japanese/
Media Japanese

Independent Study/
Tutorial

Social/Cultural
Experience Program

2
(10:00-10:50)
3
(11:00-11:50)
Kanji Vocabulary/
Katakana & Vocabulary
Kanji Vocabulary Assembly Kanji Vocabulary
4
(13:20-14:10)
Report writing Reading Oral
Presentation
Listening
5
(14:20-15:10)
Reading for specific purposes/ Tutorial
6
(15:20-16:10)
Tutorial/
Independent Study
Tutorial/
Independent Study
Tutorial/
Independent Study
Tutorial/
Independent Study

  Required Subjects
  Compulsory elective subjects

At the end of the course, a final presentation is given in Japanese. The presentation consists of an oral or written report regarding independent research themes and specialized activities. This final presentation displays the results of the intensive course and specialized activities conducted during the 6-month period.
For this final presentation, participants are expected to create their own PowerPoint graphics and introduce information in an organized manner. When composing a written report, participants present their research through an appropriate form of writing and logical development. Through these expressive activities, participants cultivate the ability to logically explain their independent research themes and specialized activities.

PowerPoint Example 1


PowerPoint Example 2 (library)


Presentation Photograph


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