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> Regular Japanese course

Regular Japanese course

Course characteristics

Composed of 7 levels and a promotion system that responds to a student's proficiency

2 year course (school entrance period: 2 times a year - April and October)
Level promotion every 6 months
⇒Level table /  ⇒the promotion system

Seminar class and school-wide presentation

Comprehensive utilization of studies and research activities to enhance the the application of the students' abilities in Japanese (seminar class)
Cultivation of the ability to give presentations
Announcement of results at a school-wide presentation held at the university's large Theater Hall.
⇒Seminar Classes

Elective classes conducted in Japanese

⇒Elective classes

Time distribution
※Depending on the term, there may be cases where the courses available will vary.
⇒Time distribution(results for fiscal year 2018)

School calendar
⇒2019 Schedule

Class structure

Compulsory classes
Basic Subject Group

Subjects required to acquire language knowledge and cultivate language technique (20 hours per week)
Sentence patterns and expressions, characters and vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing, listening, and conversation
Composed of 7 levels from fundamental to advanced level classes →Promotion system
⇒the promotion system

Seminars

Classes designed to comprehensively utilize capabilities learned in the Basic Subject Group
⇒Seminar Classes
The results of the seminar classes are announced at announcement meetings.

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students

Classes designed for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N1 - N5) and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students
※Students who have acquired the N1 classification aim for the ""Nihongo Kentei Test,"" which is usually taken by Japanese people.
Selection depends on promotion and purpose

Elective classes

This subject group is designed to deepen the students' understanding of Japanese from a variety of viewpoints. free-choice elective classes
Classes range from ""studying Japanese"" to ""studying in Japanese""
⇒Elective classes

Educational activities outside of the classroom

Educational activities not limited to the classroom
⇒Educational activities outside of the classroom

Extracurricular activities

Functions and activities to enrich student life
⇒Extracurricular activities

Projects conducted in cooperation with universities and vocational schools

Projects conducted at Kyoto University of Art and Design and Kyoto Institute of Design, which belong to the same academic foundation.
⇒Cooperation project with universities and vocational schools

Seminar Classes

  • Advanced Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Basic Level

Advanced Level

Advanced Level 2 Seminar Class (Seminar I)
In this class the students hold discussions on specific topics and present summarized announcements of the content of investigative studies.
Topic examples: ""My intercultural experience,"" ""Thoughts concerning husbands and wives retaining different family names,"" and ""The Kyoto brand challenging the world.""

Advanced Level 2 Seminar Class (Seminar II)
In this class, students learn how to communicate their thoughts and feelings to others. Students have the chance to debate and discuss issues with their teacher on a one-to-one basis. In addition, students listen to Japanese guest speakers, take part in a question and answer session, and write a summary of the content. Furthermore, students learn how to give an impromptu presentation on familiar topics

Advanced Level 1 Seminar Class
Here the students learn how to apply the Japanese they have learned in previous classes through research studies and gathering information. In these studies the students get in touch with a part of the society in Japan, through meeting Japanese people of all generations. The results of investigative research carried out on the Sanjokai Shopping Street are presented.


Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level 3 Seminar Class
In this class students conduct research studies on Japanese culture and society, and then write a report. Students had the opportunity to attend a lecture on ""Shirakawame,"" a tradition that started in the Heian Era in which women walked the streets of Kyoto selling flowers. In addition, students participated in the reproduction of ""Shimenawa,"" braided rice straw rope used in Shinto purification rites, once prosperous in the region where the school is located now, ""Kitashirakawa.""

Intermediate Level 2 Seminar Class<
In this class students decide on a topic themselves, and interview Japanese people as a study on the way Japanese think about the subject. The students then summarize their results in a report, and present their findings to their class.

Intermediate Level 1 Seminar Class
In this class students use the library and the internet to study subjects they find problematic, including Japanese culture, life-style issues, the way people think about things, differences between Japan and their home country, etc. The results of their research are summarized in a report and presented to their class.


Basic Level

Basic Level 2 Seminar Class
Students work as a group in this class, studying a topic of interest, including traditional Japanese culture, food culture, life-style issues, etc. By working as a group, and using the Japanese learned in their classes, we cultivate the ability to apply Japanese in study efforts. After presenting their results to the class, the group summarizes the results and publishes it as a pamphlet. In addition, reading aloud practice is included in order to understand the differences between pronunciation in their mother tongue, and the distinctive characteristics of Japanese speech.

Basic Level 1 Seminar Class
The purpose of this class is to strengthen the students' ability in ""reading,"" ""writing,"" ""listening,"" and ""speaking."" Here the students practice using Japanese outside of the normal textbook work, discussing scripts, taking videos all on their own, presenting posters introducing classmates to their hometown, and giving speeches.

Elective classes

These classes are designed to help the students pass examinations and understand culture, etc. These classes can be selected according to the student's goals — going on to the next stage of education, finding employment, or just experiencing life in Japan.

  • Kyoto Culture I
  • Kyoto Culture II
  • Introduction to Japanese for Current Events
  • Japanese for Current Events
  • Business and Japanese
  • Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students Japan and World Geography and History 1, 2
  • Art and Design, Fundamental Class
Kyoto Culture I

In this class students study Kyoto culture, focusing on clothing, food, and residences, based on the topic of ""Kyoto from the viewpoint of life-style and culture."" This class also provides the opportunity to experience the culture in Kyoto, including actual vegetarian meals, as well as visits to temples, shrines, and traditional wooden townhouses called machiya.

A message from a student who has taken this class

I took this class because I wanted to get to know Kyoto. It had a lot of fieldwork, and we went to a variety of places. In addition, we studied vegetarian meals, as well as Japanese cooking. I made a map of places in Kyoto I would recommend visiting. I think I got closer to understanding Japan through studying Kyoto.

Kyoto Culture II

Here the students learn about the city they are living in now, Kyoto, through the study of history. The students create an image of each era in Kyoto from a variety of viewpoints, including the society and life style of the various time periods.

A message from a student who has taken this class

I took the Kyoto Culture I class, so I continued on with Kyoto Culture II. We went to a variety of places doing fieldwork, and learned about Kyoto soybeans as well as Japanese cakes and sweets. Uji was especially impressive. A lot of the class content dealt with the history of Kyoto. Some of the class work was difficult, and even though I was living in Kyoto there were some things I didn't know, and the class helped to understand them.

Introduction to Japanese for Current Events

In this class students learn current events in Japan by reading newspapers and watching news programs. Students in both the basic and intermediate levels learn current events while discussing the issues with their classmates.

A message from someone who has taken this class

I chose this class because I came to Japan and wanted to learn about a variety of things. In this class you learn vocabulary using the news, and categorizing it by topic to pick up related words. Thus, you understand the content. After taking this class, I was able to watch news programs, and even understand very important news.

Japanese for Current Events

In this class the main educational materials are headlines and articles on the front page of the newspapers. Students therefore study the current situation and the current issues related to politics, the economy, and society. Then they hold discussions on these subjects and introduce the situation and conditions in their home countries.

A message from someone who has taken this class

I chose this class because I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the Japanese language. In this class, we read newspaper articles and held discussions on a chosen topic.

Business and Japanese

Here the students learn Japanese that is useful in the field of business, and at the same time deepen their understanding of business society. In addition, Japanese university students are invited to the class to talk about their job hunting experiences.

A message from someone who has taken this class

After I found a job, I realized that I wanted to study Japanese that could be used while involved in job hunting activities, and that is why I chose this class. In this class I studied business manners, polite expressions, the language used in business documents, etc. You learn this subject from the basics, so I think it will be useful in your job hunting activities.

Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students
Japan and World Geography and History 1, 2

Japan and World Geography and History 1, 2 (* Japan and World Geography and History 2 class period: April through February) This class is designed for students who will be taking the ""Japan and the Wold"" examination, and also for students will not be taking the examination but who want to broaden their knowledge. The students study the relationship between the history and culture of Japan, and the influence that the local geography had on history, increasing their vocabulary and understanding of Japanese culture.

Art and Design, Fundamental Class

This class is designed to teach the students the knowledge and techniques necessary to pass the entrance examinations at universities specializing in the arts or design vocational schools. Students learn from the basics, so even students without any experience can take this class. In addition, an academic staff member or the person in charge of entrance examinations at the Kyoto University of Art and Design (KUAD) conducts a class at the school once every month (Preparation Course for the Entrance Examination of Kyoto University of Art and Design).
Students in this class mainly study design, coloring, and three-dimensional perspective, with the focus on design. Students who have not studied art in the past begin with the basics. Studying from past entrance examinations, the students practice creating designs within a prescribed time limit. A special class is also held in order to raise the student's presentation capability, which is necessary in order to explain their designs.

Class time period May through November ※You cannot register for this class during the 2nd semester)
Class fee 90,000 yen(※an additional fee of about 5,000 yen is necessary for class materials)。
Class time 13:30 – 16:30(however, on Saturday: 9:00 – 12:00)
  • First semester (May – Aug.):3 days/week; Wed., Fri., and Sat. (Saturday: 9:00 – 12:00)
  • Second semester (Sept. – Nov.):2 days/week; Wed. and Fri.
Academic career results (academic career results for fiscal year 2015)
  • ICS College of Arts
  • Kyoto University of Art and Design
  • Osaka Designers' College
  • Tokyo Designer Gakuin College
  • Task Kyoto 
  • Bunka Fashion College
  • Osaka Designer Gakuin College
Prerequisites for taking a class
  • Students intending to proceed to the next stage of education, either universities specializing in the arts or design vocational schools
  • Students must be at or above the intermediate level as of May.

※This class is aimed at students studying from the basic level, so we do not conduct counseling for entrance examinations at graduate schools.

Design
Here the students study design description methods, repeatedly draw basic motifs, and study design with an emphasis on composition.

Color
The students learn the vocabulary related to fundamental colors through class exercises. Students learn about the special characteristics of color, in accordance with the Practical Color Co-ordinate System, and study the how to use color.

Three-dimensional perspective
Here the students learn the distinctive features of molding materials and acquire related techniques. Each student uses lines, surfaces, and material blocks as required by the current assignment, according to their own concepts (creative intention), and build up the work into a concrete shape from the original image. If a student wants to pursue architecture or environment design, they build architectural models.

Preparation Course for the Entrance Examination of Kyoto University of Art and Design

Preparation Course for the Entrance Examination of Kyoto University of Art and Design
This class is conducted by an academic staff member or the person in charge of entrance examinations at the Kyoto University of Art and Design (KUAD) once every month. While confirming their own capabilities, students can learn the knowledge and techniques necessary to pass entrance examinations in phased studies. Students aim to pass the Entrance Examination of Summer Communication Admission (Aug., and Oct.) at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. The content of the class is also useful for students who intend to proceed to the next stage of education at other universities or vocational schools, as it prepares students for their studies of the necessary knowledge and techniques after they enter a university or vocational school.

Educational activities outside of the classroom

Presentations
The results of classwork, such as personal or group topics, etc., are presented at Shunjyu Hall, the university's large theater hall.

Culture Day
We hold a Culture Day event every semester, to promote getting in touch with culture. Based on the theme of ""actually seeing, listening to, and experiencing"" Japanese tea ceremony, Yuzen-style dyeing, Nishijin weaving, Japanese cakes and sweets, Japanese dance and Kiyomizu pottery, this event deepens interest in the language and culture of Japan.

Activities outside of the school
This is an exchange event that goes beyond the framework of class or level at the school. There is a small-scale sports meeting at a recreation facility and a lunchtime cooking event.

Extracurricular activities

Exchange program with the Kitashirakawa Elementary School
We have an exchange program with the Kitashirakawa Elementary School, which is located near the school. Students took part helping out in the Elementary School PTA bazaar. The event includes inviting some of the mothers of the children at the school to be guest speakers and the subjects of interviews, etc. We also make ""shimenawa,"" made from braided rice straw rope, with the children at the school, etc., as a part of this continuing exchange program

Sports
Interested students take part in baseball or basketball games, etc. Sometimes Japanese students from universities in Kyoto join our students in the games.

Cooperation project with universities and vocational schools

We conduct projects in cooperation with Kyoto University of Art and Design and Kyoto Institute of Design, both of which belong to the same academic foundation.

Kyoto Institute of Design

  • Special lectures given by the academic staff (""Japan from a Design Viewpoint"" and ""Kyoto Culture I,"" etc.)
  • An exchange event held at the ""Café Obra,"" which is run by the Kyoto Institute of Design

Kyoto University of Art and Design

★Projects conducted in cooperations with universities, industry, and government
As a part of their classwork, students at the Kyoto University of Art and Design conduct various projects submitted to the university as requests from industries and autonomous bodies, including an illumination project for Nijo Castle, displays at department stores, and product development projects using special products, etc. Students from the Kyoto Institute of Culture and Language also take part in these projects.

A message from someone who has taken this class

I was looking for a way to use Japanese outside of the classroom, so I thought I should take part in the Shimane New Product Development Project in order to improve my ability to give presentations. I didn't feel confident, so I was perplexed about whether or not I should take part in the first project. It was a big problem for me because we had to use Japanese to communicate with the Japanese students and teachers, as well as give a presentation in Japanese at the end of the project. Furthermore, I had no experience in design, so I felt uncertain about being able to take part in the New Product Development Project.
Thinking I should use my time in Japan effectively, and wanting to improve my Japanese, I decided to participate in the project. I tried to use Japanese as much as possible during the project. At first, the work was very difficult, but my teacher gave me instructions and helped me do the work.
Before the final presentations, I prepared my own presentation in Japanese that I hoped would communicate my intentions to everyone. It was very difficult for me to communicate what I am thinking in Japanese. My teacher gave me some advice on how to express my ideas effectively during the presentation. I practiced again and again, but I was so nervous when I actually gave it that I wasnt able to give it as well as I had hoped.
During the 8 days of the project, I worked and studied together with students from Kyoto University of Art and Design, and made some very good friends. It was a very difficult project, but I am glad I took part in it. I don't think you can have this type of experience at other Japanese schools. I would sincerely recommend that other students participate in projects of this type.



★Exchange programs cosponsored with Kyoto University of Art and Design and Kyoto Institute of Design.
Students can join the international exchange club ""Art Link"" operated by students of Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto Institute of Design, and Kyoto Institute of Culture and Language.

A message from someone who has taken this class

Thinking about what I could do together with Japanese students, at first I considered joining a university club. However, my Japanese was not sufficient, so I felt uncertain about whether or not I could communicate with the Japanese students. Then I learned about Art Link, where you can use English, so I decided to become a member. Before I came to Japan, I was working at a design job, so I became a core member at Art Link, where I was involved in making posters. I even helped make a Halloween Party poster. Arrangements at Art Link are conducted half in Japanese and half in English. Shortly after joining Art Link, my listening comprehension in Japanese wasn't very good, but now I can understand much better. I made a lot of friends through my participation in Art Link, and I think my Japanese has improved through my conversations with those friends.



★Guidance by university academic staff members for students taking the Art and Design, Fundamental Class
Kyoto University of Art and Design's Course on Entrance Examinations


★Participating in Circle activities
Clubs and Circles


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