Associated Kyoto Program 2019-20 Armstrong Year
1. Japanese Language Program Policies and Curriculum
The goal of our program is to provide you with the means to improve your communicative skills and to assist you in achieving higher proficiency in written and spoken modern Japanese. Therefore, the program encourages students to speak Japanese not only in Japanese class, but with your host family, at the Doshisha campus, and while participating in cultural activities, so that you will acquire the regular habit of communicating in Japanese. Please keep in mind that practice makes a difference.
Students are required to take eleven sessions a week. You will be assigned to one of four language classes. Each group will meet daily for two sessions of 50 minutes each, at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. In addition, you will also take an elective Japanese class which meets at 11:00 a.m. once a week (See Section D).
Class Schedule for Fall Semester
(Two daily sessions of 50 minutes each)
Japanese Elective Class A
Japanese Elective Class B
(Vocabulary & Kanji Buildup)
* or by appointment
A) Class Attendance
(1) Continuous attendance and satisfactory progress in Japanese language classes is required of both one-semester and full-year students.
(2) Daily attendance and active participation in class are mandatory. Absences will affect one’s final grade negatively. (See Section E (2))
(3) Please arrive at all class sessions on time. Three tardy arrivals will be counted as one absence. Tardiness of more than 20 minutes will be treated as one absence.
(4) If you know in advance that you will miss a class session due to extraordinary circumstances, please inform your teacher directly by e-mail. You are responsible for making up any missed assignments.
(5) If there are unavoidable circumstances preventing you from observing this attendance policy, please consult the Resident Director.
B) Preparation and Homework
(1) You are expected to be thoroughly prepared for each class session. Expect to spend a minimum of one hour per session (two hours per day) on preparation and homework.
(2) Homework must be turned in by the due date.
The instructor of each class will explain the textbooks/handouts to be used.
D) Weekly Elective Class（選択日本語）
Students choose one of two following classes.
① すいすい読もう(Extensive Reading) Tuesday,11:00-11:50
The focus of this class is extensive reading of level-appropriate natural Japanese. You will pick a book from our すいすい book collection. The four rules of this class are: 1. Start reading a book that you can read easily, 2. No looking up words in a dictionary, 3. Keep reading even if you encounter words that you don’t know, 4. Stop reading if you get lost or don’t find the book interesting, and move on to the next book. The emphasis is on stress-free reading for fun.
② ぐんぐん増やそう!（Vocabulary & KanjiBuildup） Thursday11:00-11:50
The objective of this class is to build up your Japanese vocabulary and kanji that you can recognize and then use. Students will have one or two topics each week and try to build up their vocabulary and kanji on the topic(s) by networking already known words with new words. Please bring your preferred J→E / E→J dictionary to class. Expand your Japanese vocabulary and kanji in the topics that you are interested in!
(1) Your final grade will be calculated as follows:
① Daily attendance and class participation 15%
② Final examination 15%
③ Other categories 70%
(This will differ somewhat according to the class, but will include areas such as aural/oral skills, lesson tests, quizzes, preparation and homework, and projects if applicable.)
(2) Attendance Policies:
① Absences from seven individual 50-minute sessions of a regular class will automatically lower your final grade by one step (e.g., A- will be lowered to B+). Each additional six absences will automatically lower your final grade by an additional step.
② Attendance of weekly elective classes is counted separately. Three absences or more will result in a reduction of your overall final grade in Japanese language by one step.
(3) Check with your home campus for its policy on minimum grade requirements for transfer of credits.
(4) The final examination schedule is set and may not be changed without permission from the Resident Director. You will not be allowed to take final examinations before the scheduled date.
3. Academic Integrity
AKP’s standards of academic integrity are no different from those of your home institutions. You are expected to follow the basic principles of honesty and intellectual integrity. The work you submit in any of your classes must be your own. Any dishonest conduct or failure to satisfy the academic standards will result in a grade of “F” or dismissal from the program. For further details on AKP's academic policy and procedures, please consult the Student Handbook. If you have any questions, please speak with the Resident Director.