Center for Japanese Language Education,the University of Tokyo

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The table below shows standard classes held regularly. The classes may be changed for a certain term depending on the enrollment of international students.


Spouses are accepted only when there is enough space in classes marked

1 unit : 100min.

  Name of class Japanese proficiency levels No. of Lessons per week Description
(See below for more details.)
Class Schedules / Textbooks
o Comprehensive
Japanese Level 1
Lower Elementary 3 To study and practice sentence patterns and vocabulary of a lower elementary level starting from hiragana characters. General Course: Term Information
o Comprehensive
Japanese Level 2
Upper Elementary 3 To study and practice sentence patterns and vocabulary of the upper elementary level.
o Comprehensive
Japanese Level Pre3
Elementary to Intermediate 3 To enhance overall Japanese, including listening and reading comprehension and kanji for learners who have finished elementary textbooks.
o Comprehensive
Japanese Level 3
Intermediate 3 To study grammar and vocabulary of a Intermediate level and enhance reading comprehension, listening and speaking abilities.
  Comprehensive
Japanese Level 4
Intermediate to Advanced 2 To study curriculum of an upper intermediate level. To further enhance reading, listening comprehension and speaking ability to prepare for the advanced classes.
  Comprehensive
Japanese Level 5
Advanced 2 To improve reading comprehension skills to be able to read newspaper articles and other media. Also, to enhance listening comprehension and Japanese speaking ability.
  Specific Japanese - Intermediate Japanese for Communication Intermediate 1 To study how to hold advanced conversations in Japanese and useful expressions for communication.
o Specific Japanese
- Kanji (I and II)
Elementary 1

Kanji I : Kanji for Zero Beginners

To acquire knowledge of kanji in everyday life, and the structure of kanji characters.

Over Upper Elementary

Kanji II : Step Up Kanji

To increase the number of Kanji that can be used in the future for those who have already learnt 150-200 Kanji characters.

  Specific Japanese - Business Japanese Intermediate to Advanced 1 Study Japanese required for business through simulation of various business situations, and therefore aim to improve comprehensive Japanese skills.

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Comprehensive Japanese Level 1

Eligibility I
International students of the University of Tokyo
II
Foreign researchers of the University of Tokyo (Other than international students)
III
Spouses of I and II
O O O
Level Lower Elementary
No. of lessons 3 lessons per week
Description

Class for Japanese beginners. Students study the basic structure and vocabulary of Japanese, and aim to be able to do simple communication. The main tasks will be "listening" and "speaking", but hiragana will also be taught. The lifestyle of international students or foreign researchers is considered in the contents used in class, and what students learn will connect to everyday life. The class is held 3 times a week, so that students busy in their research etc. can easily attend. If there is an opening in the number of students, the spouse of international students/foreign researchers may also attend this class.

Note
  1. Although lessons start from studying hiragana characters, students should try to memorize them as soon as possible (Students do not need to be able to write hiragana, however, should try to be able to read them). A hiragana reading test will be conducted in about two weeks after the class begins. Students who score less than 70% will be given a makeup examination. If the result of the makeup examination is again less than 70%, the student will be asked to discontinue the course.
  2. The class does not teach kanji characters. Students interested in kanji or wish to proceed to more advanced classes should sign up for the “ Kanji” class.
  3. Instructors sometimes use English for explanation. Students who are not well-versed in English may find it difficult to understand the class.
Time frame General Course: Term Information
Textbook
How to Apply General Course: How to Apply

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Comprehensive Japanese Level 2

Eligibility I
International students of the University of Tokyo
II
Foreign researchers of the University of Tokyo (Other than international students)
III
Spouses of I and II
O O O
Level Upper Elementary
No. of lessons 3 lessons per week
Description

Class for upper Japanese beginners. Students study grammar and vocabulary suitable for this level, and aim to be able to do more complicate communication compared with Level1. The main tasks will be "listening" and "speaking", but there will also be practice of reading textbooks written in hiragana.  The lifestyle of international students or foreign researchers is considered in the contents used in class, and what students learn will connect to everyday life. The class is held 3 times a week. If there is an opening in the number of students, the spouse of international students/foreign researchers may also attend this class.

Note
  1. This course does not teach "kanji" characters. Students interested in "kanji" or wish to proceed to more advanced classes should sign up for a" Kanji "class.
  2. Instructors sometimes use English for the purpose of explanation. Students who are not well-versed in English may find it difficult to understand the class.
Time frame General Course: Term Information
Textbook
How to Apply General Course: How to Apply

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Comprehensive Japanese Level Pre3

Eligibility I
International students of the University of Tokyo
II
Foreign researchers of the University of Tokyo (Other than international students)
III
Spouses of I and II
O O O
Level Elementary to intermediate
No. of lessons 3 lessons per week
Description

Class for students that have finished their beginners' class, who want to acquire firm Japanese ability of the beginner level; refine their communication, listening, reading, and kanji ability; and smoothly lead to the intermediate class. Many students feel the intermediate class "is difficult and hard to understand" or "teach us new things but can't use them in life", so this class is held as a step to smoothly shift from beginner to intermediate. The class is held 3 times a week. If there is an opening in the number of students, the spouse of international students/foreign researchers may also attend this class.

Time frame General Course: Term Information
Textbook
How to Apply General Course: How to Apply

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Comprehensive Japanese Level 3

Eligibility I
International students of the University of Tokyo
II
Foreign researchers of the University of Tokyo (Other than international students)
III
Spouses of I and II
O O O
Level Intermediate
No. of lessons 3 lessons per week
Description

Class for Japanese lower intermediate learners. Students study grammar and vocabulary suitable for this level, and aim to improve their communication skills. The main tasks will be "listening" and "speaking", but there will also be practice of reading text written in hiragana and kanji. The class is held 3 times a week. If there is an opening in the number of students, the spouse of international students/foreign researchers may also attend this class.

Time frame General Course: Term Information
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Comprehensive Japanese Level 4

Eligibility I
International students of the University of Tokyo
II
Foreign researchers of the University of Tokyo (Other than international students)
III
Spouses of I and II
O O X
Level Intermediate to Advanced
No. of lessons 2 lessons per week
Description

Class for Japanese upper intermediate learners who want to get close to advanced level. Students study grammar suitable for this level, which connect to real life communication. They also practice dialogues, listening (by using TV/radio programs, etc.), reading (by using books, magazines, etc.), and aim to improve comprehensive Japanese skills. The class is held 2 times a week.

Time frame General Course: Term Information
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Comprehensive Japanese Level 5

Eligibility I
International students of the University of Tokyo
II
Foreign researchers of the University of Tokyo (Other than international students)
III
Spouses of I and II
O O X
Level Advanced
No. of lessons 2 lessons per week
Description

Class for advanced Japanese learners. Students read text and watch TV programs about contemporary Japan, suitable for this level; discuss about them; and study grammar and vocabulary that appear in the process. By doing that, students aim to acquire even more comprehensive Japanese skills. The class is held 2 times a week.

Time frame General Course: Term Information
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Specific Japanese - Intermediate Japanese for Communication

Eligibility I
International students of the University of Tokyo
II
Foreign researchers of the University of Tokyo (Other than international students)
III
Spouses of I and II
O O X
Level Intermediate
No. of lessons 1 lesson per week
Description

Class to learn how to perform Japanese conversation, expression that are useful in communication, etc. (The class is NOT for students to "talk freely and abundantly"). Students will also learn techniques to catch and follow other peoples' speech.

Notes 1) This class is for intermediate learners (Comprehensive Japanese Level 4). Applicants for Level 3 can not apply for this class because conversation lessons are conducted in the Level 3 class.
2) Students will be allowed to take this class only if their proficiency level suit the class. Apply for this class first, attend the first class and take a short test. Students who miss the first class or whose test result shows their Japanese ability does not suit the level of the class will not be allowed to take this class.
Time frame General Course: Term Information
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Specific Japanese - Kanji (I and II)

Eligibility I
International students of the University of Tokyo
II
Foreign researchers of the University of Tokyo (Other than international students)
III
Spouses of I and II
O O O
Level Kanji I : Elementary,  Kanji II : Over upper elementary
No. of lessons 1 lesson per week
Description

Kanji I : "Kanji for Zero Beginners". Class for students who have never studied Kanji before. In order to cultivate the "viewpoint of looking at Kanji", students will learn to look at the shape, structure, ideographic points, radical("bushu"), origin... of Kanji characters. They will also learn the basic Kanji characters (approx. 150). By doing this, students will aim to be able to presume the meaning of Kanji that they encountered for the first time, and also to be able to study more Kanji characters on their own.

Kanji II : "Step Up Kanji". Class for students who already know about 150-200 Kanji characters, and want to increase the number of Kanji that they can use. We will support students to learn 400-500 new Kanji characters, considering the shape, meaning, and usage. Through learning Kanji, students will also aim to obtain Japanese vocabulary.

Notes 1) Students must take a short test at the first class and they will be placed in the appropriate class. Apply for this class first, attend the first class. Students who miss the first class or those whose test result shows their Japanese ability does not suit the level of the class will not be allow to take this class. 1) Students eligible to take this class must fulfill both qualifications.
a) Those who understand about 150+ kanji characters (for example, about 60%+ of Basic Kanji Book vol.I (Bonjinsha)). b) Those who have enough Japanese ability to understand lectures held in basic Japanese.
Time frame General Course: Term Information
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Specific Japanese - Business Japanese

Eligibility I
International students of the University of Tokyo
II
Foreign researchers of the University of Tokyo (Other than international students)
III
Spouses of I and II
O O X
Level Intermediate to Advanced
No. of lessons 1 lesson per week
Description

This class is for students who wish to study what kind of Japanese is used in what ways, in business fields. During class, students virtually experience Japanese business situations by watching videos and reading text of business situations. They study expressions used in business, keego (respect language), explicit speaking, concise writing, etc.

Notes

The required Japanese level in order to attend “Business Japanese” is as follows: General Course Level 4 or higher / upper intermediate to advanced level / JLPTN2 level or higher. Students cannot attend this class if they also attend General Course Level 3 or lower classes. In addition, although the target of this class is students who consider working for a company in Japan, tutorials of the correction of entry sheets will not be offered in class.

Time frame General Course: Term Information
Textbook
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