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.
Sayaka (“Saya”) Hamaguchi is the 2018-2019 ALLEX visiting Japanese instructor at Albion College. She is a graduate of Aichi University where her studies focused on international communication. Her research is focused on gender equality in Japan, especially in the work environment as compared to other countries. She is passionate about Japanese language education and will soon be a graduate of the ALLEX-Washington University in St. Louis graduate studies program in Japanese language pedagogy training. She is interested in investigating cultural difference in people and also in the business field. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano, listening to music, dancing, working out, and eating foreign cuisines. She is passionate about Japanese language education and will soon be a graduate of the ALLEX-Washington University in St. Louis graduate studies program in Japanese language teaching. Her hobbies include playing piano, listening to music, traveling, working out, and eating cuisines from around the world. She looks forward to welcoming you to her classes this fall!
Section 1: MWF 9:15 - 10:20 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. Tutorials meet during the last 15 minutes of each class. This time is reserved for reviewing material presented in class as well as learning about Japanese culture.
By the end of the semester, you will be able to:
This course will also integrate Japanese tangible culture such as food, music, and art with each language lesson.
Section 1: MWF 11:45 - 12:50 p.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.
For a complete list of courses being offered by the Modern Languages & Cultures Department this semester, please visit the Registrar's Web site.