Innovative curriculum: learning in Japanese

 

Level: advanced to top-level (Levels 7 to 9)

 

Level Learning goal Examples
Advanced 1 = Level 7 You have general knowledge about Japanese society and Japanese culture and can exchange opinions about them as topics based on comparisons with your country.
  • You are interested in Japanese society and culture, and can understand them in a general sense.
  • You can compare Japanese society and culture with those of your country, and can express opinions about the distinctions.
Advanced 2 = Level 8 You can explain your positions/opinions about the relationship between Japan and your country and current topics, and discuss these.
  • You can proactively use tools for obtaining the latest information.
  • You can exchange opinions appropriately and meaningfully.
Top-level = Level 9 You can adequately explain and exchange opinions about matters in your field of specialization about a wide range of topics.
  • You can understand ordinary literary works and broadcasts.
  • You can use appropriate styles of Japanese depending on the situation.

Best-selling textbooks developed by Osaka YMCA teachers

Tema-betsu Chukyu kara Manabu Nihongo (santeiban) and Tema-betsu Jokyu de Manabu Nihongo (santeiban), by Hiroshi Matsuda, Miho Kameda, et al., from Kenkyusha’s Tema-betsu series, used for intermediate/advanced levels, are textbooks developed by Osaka YMCA Gakuin teachers. They are the most reliable best-selling teaching materials in Japan and have been adopted by many Japanese language schools even today.

Half of the subjects can be selected.

 

Using Japanese is a matter of course. A variety of subjects can be selected, with the aim of learning in Japanese.

 

 
In the advanced and top-level classes, you can use Japanese practically to learn various things that are useful in Japanese society. There are three themes: business, culture, and academics.
 
As for the theme of business, you will learn the basics of business manners unique to Japan, gain knowledge of business information and Japan’s circumstances and also develop a product to make a presentation, which will develop your foundation of knowledge and skills that will be useful at work.
 
The theme of culture covers traditional Japanese culture, dramas, movies and even pop culture such as manga and anime. In addition, you will think about the culture that lives in Japan and Japanese people by means including making an original drama, reading novels by prominent novelists and discussing related topics.
 
As for the theme of academics, you will develop your Japanese proficiency to make it sufficiently useful not only for a social life in Japan but also for study and research at the higher education institution level (university, graduate school, vocational school). The goal is to develop the advanced Japanese proficiency required for purposes such as preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1, logical thinking, research reports, paper preparation and debates.

Timetable/advanced and top-level (May be subject to change)

Monday through Friday, morning classes are from 9:00 to 12:50, afternoon classes are from 13:30 to 17:20, and four 50-minute classes are given then. The capacity of one class is 15 students so there is leeway for easier class management.

*The Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education allows up to 20 students.
 

Time 1
Morning/ 9:00- 9:50
Afternoon/13:30-14:20
2
Morning/10:00- 10:50
Afternoon/14:30-15:20
3
Morning/11:00- 11:50
Afternoon/15:30-16:20
4
Morning/ 12:00- 12:50
Afternoon/16:30-17:20
Monday Basic Japanese classes Basic Japanese classes Selected Japanese language classes Selected Japanese language classes
Tuesday Basic Japanese classes Basic Japanese classes Selected Japanese language classes Selected Japanese language classes
Wednesday  Basic Japanese classes Basic Japanese classes Selected Japanese language classes Selected Japanese language classes
Thursday Basic Japanese classes Basic Japanese classes Selected Japanese language classes Selected Japanese language classes
Friday Basic Japanese classes Basic Japanese classes Selected Japanese language classes Selected Japanese language classes