Columbia University Japanese Language Program

Courses

About the Japanese Program at Columbia 

(updated: 2/4/2014)

Courses (2013-2014 Academic Year)

     

 Syllabi

 Websites, Links, etc.
  • First Year Japanese
    (regular course, 5 credits)

Fall 13
Spring 14

Blog:Daisuki Nihongo

Elem B (Fall 13)
Elem A (Spring 14)

 
  • Second Year Japanese

Fall 13
Spring 14

 
  • Third Year Japanese

Fall 13
Spring 14
 
  • Third Year Japanese
    -Academic Reading Course

Fall 13
Spring 14

 
  • Fourth Year Japanese

Fall 13
Spring 14

 
  • Fourth Year Japanese
    -Business Japanese

Spring 14

 
  • Fifth Year Japanese

Spring 14

 
  • Japanese Language Pedagogy
 

 

Japanese Program at Columbia University

Japanese Language instruction was introduced to Columbia in the late 1920s. Instruction in Japanese is currently offered at five stages or years in the modern form of language. In addition, the Department provides courses in classical Japanese and Kanbun and in directed readings for students doing advanced research. At present the Japanese language staff comprises eight lecturers, all of whom are native speakers of Japanese. The Japanese Language Program has a reputation of being one of the best in the country for a long time and it has produced numerous accomplished Japanologists. In the teaching of modern Japanese, which represents the core of the program, acquisition and use of both the spoken and written languages are stressed from the outset. The aim is to provide students of diverse learning backgrounds and a wide rage of academic and career interests with a balanced command of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 

NOTE on First Year Japanese

There are 2 ways to complete First Year Japanese: Schedule A and Schedule B as diagrammed below.

In Schedule A you take the first semester in fall and take the second semester in the spring. It takes 1 year (2 semesters).

In Schedule B you take the first half of the first semester in spring, the second half of the first semester in the fall, and the second semester in the spring. 
It takes 1 and a half years (3 semesters).

If you are choosing the desired level for placement test, "1st Year 0.5 semester"is starting from Elementary Japanese B in fall.

 

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