Two-year Language Programs – Main Track
Students of Japanese may choose to focus their language studies based on their personal learning goals. Two different tracks of study are available for such students:
- the Main Track
- the Oral Communication Track
The Two-year Language Programs fullfill the languague requirement.
The Main Track consists of JPN 101, 102, 201, and 202.
Students who want to study the Japanese language or fulfill their foreign language requirement by taking Japanese may choose from one of two tracks: the main track or the oral communication track. Students who wish to study all four skills should select the main track, while students who wish to focus on spoken skills should select the oral communication track.
The first two years of the main track consist of Japanese 101, 102, 201, and 202. This sequence of four-credit courses meets four times a week (MTWF) and focuses on all four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Students who complete this sequence will be able to perform many everyday tasks, such as:
♦ Express and support their opinion on various topics;
♦ Use language (formal, casual, polite) that is appropriate in a given context;
♦ Explain simple procedures (presentational) and give directions;
♦ Write journal entries, personal letters, and compositions on various topics;
♦ Utilize online dictionaries and Japanese websites;
and will gain a fundamental understanding of the notion of language in culture. Upon completion of this sequence, students may continue their study of Japanese by taking upper level language courses, beginning with Japanese 301 and 302. Students who wish to further their studies may earn a certificate, minor, and B. A. in Japanese.