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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 Mayumi Kato! 

Kato Photo

Mayumi Kato earned her bachelor's degree in Japanese History from Tohoku University in Japan along with a secondary level teaching certificate in Social Studies.  In 2006, she started her own "cram" schook for junior high students to prepare them academically for the transition to high school.   She managed and taught five major subjects (English, Japanese, math, science and social studies).  She is a teacher who cares about her students' growth academically and as people.  She also sees and understands each student, and provides appropriate academic and mental support.  She was born in Tokyo and recently lived in Tsuruoka-city, Northeastern Japan.  Mayumi's background is in Japanese traditional culture.  She enjoys folk dance and has performed at festivals. 


Japanese Courses

JAPN 101

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:

  • 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 201

Section 1: MWF 1:00 - 2:05 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.

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

For a complete list of courses being offered by the Modern Languages & Cultures Department this semester, please visit the Registrar's Web site.