Practical and Business Japanese for Career Development
1. Course description
Welcome to Practical and Business Japanese for Career Development!
During the academic year 2021, the international center at TMU will provide new Japanese courses taught at different levels ranging from elementary to upper intermediate for graduate students at TMU.
This course is aimed at developing competence in practical Japanese in academic and business settings so that students will be able to carry out various performance tasks relating to different people in a variety of situations, as well as affording students the opportunity to explore their global career path while building their vocabulary and improving communication skills to achieve their professional goals. We look forward to working together with you throughout this year.
2. Expected outcomes
At the end of this year, you will:
(1) Be able to use formal/academic Japanese with confidence while communicating with Japanese-speaking people in your academic presentations at your laboratory and in-class oral performances.
(2) Have an increased understanding of how Japanese-speaking people accomplish communicative goals by conducting various real-life performance tasks in the target culture.
3. Japanese courses (Basic 1 (N5), Basic 2 (N4), Intermediate (N3), and Upper-Intermediate (N2))
(1) Practical and Business Japanese for Career Development Basic 1 (comparable to the N5 level of the JLPT), 4th period (14:40–16:10), Thursday.
(2) Practical and Business Japanese for Career Development Basic 2 (comparable to the N4 level of the JLPT), 5th period (16:20–17:50), Thursday.
(3) Practical and Business Japanese for Career Development Intermediate (comparable to the N3 level of the JLPT), 4th period (14:40–16:10), Thursday.
(4) Practical and Business Japanese for Career Development Upper-Intermediate (comparable to the N2 level of the JLPT), 5th period (16:20–17:50), Thursday.
4. Learning materials (online materials)
No textbooks are required. Course materials will be available through websites or given out in class. For more information, see the following link:
5. Guidelines for in-class participation
This course is based on the assumption that students will take part not as passive consumers of knowledge but as active participants in the exchange, production, and critique of ideas with Japanese-speaking people. Therefore, students should come to class not only having read and viewed the materials assigned for that day, but also prepared to both understand the learning materials and perform communication tasks. The instructors will indicate performance tasks that students are expected to do in class and will give them guidance on the class schedule in advance regarding which complexity level is most appropriate for them. A portion of the class may be devoted to the presentation and discussion of the targeted performance. Common ways to present performance tasks include re-enacting the performance and narrating the experience from the perspective of various participants as a result of completing given tasks.
6. Use of Japanese
The main means of instruction for this course is Japanese. The instructors encourage students to speak Japanese in class, except when they were asked to speak in/translate into English.
Please do not be afraid to make mistakes when speaking Japanese in class.
Remember that mistakes and errors are a natural part of second language learning process.
Inquiry about taking the course
10:30–12:00 on Wednesday, Assistant Prof. Ko
@Minami-Osawa campus, Room210, International house
10:30–12:00 on Friday, Professor Kato
@Hino Campus, Room206, Bldg. #2