Why Learn Japanese? (Promo video)

✓You can prepare for being involved in some way at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

✓Would you like to study abroad?  There are many opportunities to study at a Japanese university through relationships with Oregon State University.

✓Are you majoring in science?  Japan has won 21 Nobel Peace Prizes, 19 of which were for science. The U.S. and Japan are good competitors in areas such as stem cell research and robotics.

✓Are you majoring in engineering?  Doshisha University in Japan offers a graduate program in engineering for non-Japanese students.

✓Are you majoring in business?  Many U.S. businesses have branches in Japan.  Mentor Graphics, for example, is a company in Oregon and has branch offices in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

✓Do you plan to visit Japan?  Visit places that would not be included in a group tour.  Experience Martial Arts or go cycling in the countryside and meet the locals.  Being able to speak Japanese creates many more opportunities.

✓Do you want to experience life in Japan?  Prepare by joining our program.  All levels of Japanese classes have two weekly sessions in Japanese only.  Through realistic settings, you can practice oral communication with Japanese speakers.

Learning outcomes:

Students minoring in Asian Languages and Cultures will:
  1. Develop proficiency in both spoken and written Japanese or Chinese
  2. Contextualize knowledge related to the history, geography, social conditions, and cultural production of Japan or China
  3. Analyze the relationships between the cultures of Japan or China and other world cultures
  4. Asian Languages & Cultures Minor requirements.

Characteristics of this Japanese language program:

✓ Practical!

✓ Communication-oriented!

✓ Focused on comprehension and speaking!

✓ Gets you using Japanese as quickly as possible!


More Specifically:

✓ The Japanese language program is designed to give students the cultural and linguistic tools they need to be able to navigate the challenges of verbal communication in Japanese even with the limited knowledge of sentence structures and expressions typical of beginning students. 

✓ In our unique program Japanese courses are broken down into two different types of sessions:

Fact Sessions: In this portion of the course students focus on functions and usages of sentence structures, including cultural information and customs as a part of usage.  These concepts are introduced in English. Videos related to Japanese culture and customs are also shown. 

Act Sessions: This portion of the course is conducted only in Japanese right from the beginning of first year Japanese. This fifty-minute acting session gives students a mock experience of living in Japan.  It begins with mechanical drills and gradually changes into contextual drills where students act out situations set by the instructor.  The instructor strives to create situations/contexts that are as realistic as possible.  The act sessions are vital in order to realize the course objectives. 

Our Courses:  First Year Japanese (JPN 111, JPN 112, JPN 113); Second Year Japanese (JPN 211, JPN 212, JPN 213); Third Year Japanese (JPN 311, JPN 312, JPN 313); Japanese Culture (WLC 335, WLC 336, WLC 337); Japanese Culture course are also offered online and do not need to be taken in order.  Kanji (JPN 199 Online, JPN 299 On-campus).

 Japanese At OSU