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Japanese | Modern Language and Cultures.

Japanese is Back

Albion College offers introductory and intermediate Japanese courses, which focus on linguistic skills as well as cultural understanding of Japanese people and society. Between classroom instruction and cultural activities outside the classroom, students have ample opportunity to participate in frequent, real-time language practice. These activities can focus on many different aspects of Japanese language and culture, such as calligraphy, movies, cooking, martial arts, anime, etc.

To see some photos of this past year's activities, please visit our Facebook page.

Meet Takashi Miki! 

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Takashi is originally from Osaka, Japan. After studying linguistics as an undergradute at Kobe University, he worked as a Japanese government official in Tokyo and at the Japanese embassy in Seoul Korea, for several years. At the same time, he went to graduate school and majored in Japanese pedagogy and Korean pedagogy. After completing two master's degrees, he stayed in the U.S. for two years and taught Japanese at an elementary school that has a Japanese immersion program in Charlotte, North Carolina. He went back to South Korea to teach Japanese and to work on his doctoral dissertation on Korean pedagogy. He has returned to the U.S. to work on his teaching career, and he is very excited to bring Japanese courses back to Albion College. Takashi enjoys running and took first place in a St. Louis, Missouri, 5K race. His Japanese classmates celebrated his win with a cake decorated with "The Fastest Man in St. Louis." Although it was a very local and small event, he was still happy to be "No.1."


Elementary Japanese Courses

JAPN 101 - Global Studies

Section 1: MWF 9:15 - 10:05 a.m.

This course is designed for students who will study Japanese for the first time at the college level. In this course, you will acquire skills in elementary-level speaking, listening, reading, and writing of modern Japanese. Weekly tutorials that meet in addition to class will focus on reviewing material presented in class as well as learning about Japanese culture.

By the end of the semester, you will be able to:

  • Read and Write hiragana and katakana characters.
  • Ask and understand basic information.
  • Describe people's daily routines.

This course will also integrate Japanese tangible culture such as food, music, and art with each language lesson.

JAPN 102

Section 1: MWF 10:30 - 11:35 a.m.

This course is an interdisciplinary communicative Japanese language class aiming at the improvement of four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This course will cover a range of topics and situations where students will cary out conversations in a meaningful way. The aims of this course are not only to enhance the linguistic abilities of the students but also to increase awarness of different cultural values in light of their own. This course will intergrate Japanese tangible pop-culture, such as food, music, and art with the language lesson in the most effective way.

If you have any questions about the Japanese program and courses, please e-mail the Modern Languages and Cultures Department at .

For a list of courses being offered this semester, please visit the Registrar's Web site.