Japanese Program

 Japanese Corner

Spring 2014
Tuesday 6-7pm
HAB 101

Click here for the: poster and weekly schedule of Japanese Corner

Japanese Corner is a great opportunity for students to practice Japanese, meet native speakers, and find out more about Japanese language and culture. It's fun and open to the public.   

Language Courses

Through our Japanese language program, we aim for the simultaneous development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. From the start, students will learn hiragana, katakana, and kanji. In the classroom, we focus on enhancing students' oral proficiency through an extensive use of the spoken language, allowing for the development of accurate grammar and culturally-appropriate communication skills.

For students who have achieved an intermediate level of proficiency (three semesters or more), the Japanese minor can provide a more rigorous study of Japanese language, literature, and culture, positioned in a larger Asian picture.  For more information click here: Japanese Minor.

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

JAPN 111

(ELEM JAPANESE I)

JAPN 211

(INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I)

JAPN 311

(ADV JAPANESE SPEAK/ READ/ WRIT)

JAPN 112

(ELEM JAPANESE II)

JAPN 212

(INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II)

JAPN 312

(ADV JAPANESE SPEAK/ READ/ WRIT)

 

We are currently using the textbook, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Genki I & II. 

Read students' essays entitled I Am A Cat (2011).
(CSB/SJU の文豪たちによる短編集「吾輩は猫である」はこちら)

Culture Courses

Our culture courses provide students with the opportunity to surpass familiar cultural spheres and to engage intellectually in complicated issues related to Japan, Asia, and the global community. In the process of learning, students will become interlocutors, translators, and critics of the diverse cultures that they are exploring. 

Reasons to study Japanese language and culture at CSB/SJU

  1. To become uniquely multi-lingual, standing out in the crowd.
  2. To be able to engage in a big economy blended with high-tech and rich traditions.
  3. To study the Japanese experience of modernity as a non-Western nation.
  4. To know Japanese culture-anime, novels, art, films, fashion, J-pop, or Kabuki.
  5. To learn about Japan's interactions with other Asian areas/countries such as China, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
  6. To have abundant opportunities to visit Japan and make Japanese friends on campuses.

View of Tokyo Skyline
Participant Quote

"My best experience was living in Japan for four months. I was able to meet a lot of people and they became good friends. They showed me the meaning of life. I want to return to Japan soon. These people make my life perfect."
Michael Hamilton
Study abroad participant, 2010

Student with her
Japanese essay 

 
CSB/SJU Alumni and Student Experiences in Japan

Kevin Chow, Saint John's University '10, a Mobile Application Engineer at bijin-tokei in Tokyo

"After I studied abroad in Japan for a semester, I felt that a four-month stay there was just too short. I was strongly attracted by Japanese culture and Japanese people. Most friends of mine felt the same way, and wanted to return there soon. So, after graduation I decided to embark on my own adventure to explore Japan further." Read more...

 

Contact info:
 

 
Masami Limpert, Instructor
Office: Richarda P6, CSB
Phone: (320) 363-5156
Email: mlimpert@csbsju.edu