日本語プログラムについて (Japanese Language Program)*

As of July 13, 2022

*Note: The contents below are subject to change.

2022-2023 Academic Year


The goal of AKP’s Japanese language program is to improve your communication skills and to help you achieve higher proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Therefore, all the AKP students are expected to speak only in Japanese in their Japanese classes. Moreover, the program strongly encourages you to speak in Japanese on the Doshisha campus, with your host family and in cultural activities to acquire the regular habit of communicating in Japanese. Please keep in mind that practice makes a difference.

AKP is located on the Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University. AKP students are encouraged to interact with students of Doshisha University and Doshisha Women’s College. In order to assist students’ interaction, AKP provides opportunities such as the Japanese language partner program, Japanese language tables, and language volunteering at Doshisha Women’s College.


Classes


Your Japanese language course will consist of two components: (1) a main class that meets daily for two 50- minute sessions, and (2) an elective class that meets for a 50-minute session once a week.

For the main class, students will be placed into the most appropriate group based on the results of their placement tests and oral interviews. AKP modifies class levels considering the proficiency of incoming students each semester.

The content of the Japanese language elective classes for the 2022-2023 academic year will be announced at the orientation. In the past, AKP has offered classes such as Extensive Reading, Presentation in Japanese, and Kanji-Vocabulary Buildup. The elective classes are open to all students regardless of proficiency.


Placement Test


All students are required to take an online placement test (grammar, listening, reading, and writing) and an online oral interview in Kyoto. Make sure to bring your own laptop, earphones, and an external microphone if possible, in case you might have to take a placement test and an interview in a quarantined situation.


Textbooks and Materials


Textbooks and materials will be announced at the first Japanese class and will be provided by AKP.


Preparation and Homework

  1. You are expected to be thoroughly prepared for each class session. Expect to spend a minimum of one hour per class hour on homework and class preparation. 

  2. Assignments must be turned in by the due date.


Japanese Language Class Attendance Policy

  1. Daily attendance and active participation in class are mandatory. Absences will affect one’s overall course grade negatively.

  2. Please arrive punctually. Three tardy arrivals will be counted as one absence. Tardiness of more than 20 minutes will be treated as one absence.

  3. If you know in advance that you will miss a class session due to extraordinary circumstances, please inform your instructor directly by email. You are responsible for making up any missed assignments.

  4. During the pandemic, you may need to participate in class remotely due to medical reasons or if the program decides to shift from in-person to remote instruction. In either case, you are expected to attend the class.

  5. If there are unavoidable circumstances preventing you from observing this attendance policy, please consult the Resident Director.


COVID-19 Modifications for the Japanese Classes 

  1. Public Health in the Classroom: All students and faculty will be required to observe Doshisha University requirements for social distancing and COVID safety, which are subject to change over the course of the year. As of July 2022, students and faculty are required to wear face masks and should sit with at least one seat empty between them and another person in the classroom and no eating and drinking are allowed in the classroom. All classrooms to be used in the 2022-2023 academic year are properly sized to accommodate these measures. 

  2. Alternative Mode of Participation for a Class​: When you have a reason not to attend class (such as having COVID-like symptoms, potential exposure to the virus, under quarantine, etc.), you may participate online from a remote location without penalty, provided you are feeling well enough to do so. 

  3. Alternative Mode for a Class: In case the instructor should not be in class​ (for the above reasons), the class may be held via Zoom temporarily. The instructor will email the class if this happens. ​ 

  4. Materials: Bring your own laptop and earphones to class to access online tools.  


Grading

  1. Your performance will be evaluated by the following categories: 
    1. Daily Class Attendance and Participation 
    2. Final Examination 
    3. Other Categories (Each class determines “Other Categories” with discretion but will include areas such as aural/oral skills, lesson tests, quizzes, preparation and homework, and projects.) 

  2. Absences from seven individual 50-minute sessions of your main Japanese language class will automatically lower your overall course grade by one step (e.g., A- to B+). Each additional six absences will automatically lower your overall course grade by an additional step. 

  3. If you are absent for the equivalent of three weeks (thirty-three 50-minute sessions) in your main Japanese class and elective Japanese class combined, you will receive an overall course grade of F. 

  4. Japanese elective classes do not have graded assignments, but regular attendance is required and three or more absences will lower your overall Japanese language course grade by one step (e.g., A- to B+). 

  5. Confirm with your home institution about the minimum grade requirement to receive credit toward your major or graduation. 

Final Exams


The final examination dates are already scheduled and may not be changed without permission from the Resident Director. Students will not be allowed to take final examinations before the scheduled date.