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Academic Programs

Japanese @ Spelman College

Why should you study Japanese as a foreign language?

• Possessing knowledge and skills of the Japanese language offers you essential communicative competence in an East Asian language.

• Possessing knowledge and skills of the Japanese language offers you opportunities to study one of the oriental cultures and traditions.

• Possessing knowledge and skills of the Japanese language offers you a powerful foreign language ability to participate in today’s global economy, global education, and global exchange.

• Possessing knowledge and skills of the Japanese language offers you great career opportunities where essential knowledge of Japan and Japanese proficiency are required.

Japanese Language Courses at Spelman

The Department of World Languages and Literature offers a well-established sequences of Japanese language course every semester to meet students’ needs in learning Japanese as a foreign language or learning Japanese and its culture.

The courses are offered at various levels: Elementary Japanese, Intermediate Japanese, and Advanced Japanese. In addition, Special Topics in Japanese and Independent Study are available as the need arises. All the Japanese language courses satisfy the General Education foreign language requirement.

elementary | intermediate | advance

(JPN 101 - JPN 102)

Introduction to the study of the Japanese language, limited to students with little or no previous exposure to the elementary level of Japanese. The first-year courses help students acquire a basic structural and communicative competence in the language through listening, speaking, reading and writing practice with an emphasis on pronunciation and intonation, basic sentence patterns, common idiomatic expressions, the hiragana, katakana and basic kanji writing systems. The required activities in the language laboratory form part of the coursework.

* About the Japan Studies Minor, the summer study program and the student exchange program in Tokyo, Japan, please see:http://www.spelman.edu/academics/enrichment/japan/

(JPN 201 – JPN 202)

Development and reinforcement of proficiency in oral communication, reading, and writing skills in kanas and kanji initiated in the previous 100 level Japanese courses. It introduces students to the more complex sentences requiring the use of verb conjugation and modifiers to enrich expressions in the subject and predicate structures needed to communicate on familiar topics presented in the text. The required activities in the language laboratory form an essential part of this course.

Prerequisites: JPN 102 or placement.
* JPN 201-JPN 202 and JPN303 -JPN304 are required for Japan Studies Minor.

(JPN 303 – JPN 304)

Development of more advanced reading comprehension and writing skills using kanas and sufficient kanji, translation skills, and situational conversations. It introduces students to different styles of speaking and writing, and idiosyncrasies of Japanese culture and society based on Japanese texts. It helps students strengthen the essential oral-aural capability and enhance their Japanese language skills and knowledge to a higher level. The required activities in the language laboratory form part of the coursework.

Prerequisite: J PN 202 or placement.

* 300 level and above courses satisfy International Studies.
* For information about JPN 400 and JPN 478, please contact the instructor.

(JPN 401- JPN402)

Advanced study of the Japanese language in its cultural contexts. It brings students to a more advanced level of Japanese language knowledge and skills in reading comprehension, conversation, and composition. The selected reading material covers a wide range of topics on idiosyncrasies and traits of Japanese culture, including its society and people, lifestyle, traditions, economic issues, as well as Japan-America economic and diplomatic relations and issues. The course helps students study the Japanese language by looking at how it is used in real-life situations. Prerequisite: JPN 304 or equivalent.

The course focuses on Japanese social, cultural, political, and economic issues as reflected in Japanese civilization, culture, literature, language, and pragmatics. Intended mainly for advanced students. The course will be given in the form of assigned readings and class discussion. Taught in Japanese. Prerequisite: JPN 304 or equivalent.


Dr. Xuexin Liu

Associate Professor of Japanese


Department of World Languages and Literature

OFFICE: Cosby -452

404 - 270 - 5550

E-MAIL: xliu@spelman.edu

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