Placement Test

All students who wish to enroll in a course that is a higher level than JAPN 10A are required to take a placement test. Please contact Hisae Fujiwara, Japanese Language Program Director and Undergraduate Advising Head, at hfujiwar@brandeis.edu when you arrive on campus in the fall.

SAT II test scores in Japanese do not satisfy the foreign language requirement.

Courses

The Japanese Language Program offers a four-year curriculum in the Japanese language as well as Japanese literature courses. The Program maintains a five days-per-week instruction for the initial four-semester sequence of Japanese language courses (JAPN 10A, 20B, 30A and 40B) and four days-per-week for Japanese 105A and 105B. Through these intensive courses, Brandeis students gain strong Japanese language skills and understanding of its culture. In JAPN 120A and 120B (fourth year Japanese courses), students will read Japanese literary texts from the contemporary period in order to further develop their Japanese language skills while appreciating Japanese literature and deepening their understanding of the Japanese culture and society.

The four-semester sequence of Japanese courses 10A through 40B, or its equivalent, fulfills the language requirement for the East Asian Studies major and minor.

The course offerings for the 2014-15 academic year are listed below. You can view all courses of instruction in the University Bulletin.

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Fall 2014 Course Offerings

For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

JAPN 10A: Beginning Japanese
Hisae Fujiwara

Intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of Japanese. This course offers intensive training in the basics of Japanese grammar, listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students acquire Japanese language proficiency through various interactive classroom activities, workbook, audio, video, and computer-assisted exercises. Usually offered every fall.

JAPN 30A: Intermediate Japanese
Yukimi Nakano

Continuation of JAPN 20B. This course aims to further develop a student's four language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Japanese through various classroom activities, workbook, audio, video, and writing essays. Usually offered every fall.

JAPN 105A: Advanced Conversation and Composition I
Yukimi Nakano

Designed for advanced students of Japanese who wish to enhance and improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will develop their proficiency in writing, reading, and speaking through reading and discussion of Japanese texts on various topics of relevance. Listening and speaking skills are reinforced through audio, video, guided conversation, discussion of texts, and oral presentation. Usually offered every year.

JAPN 120A: Readings in Contemporary Japanese Literature
Kozo Kawai

Provides advanced students of Japanese an opportunity to develop reading and writing skills through class discussion, presentation, group work and writing. Familiarizes students with different facets of contemporary Japanese culture and society. Readings are supplemented by films and related visual materials. Usually offered every year.

JAPN 125B: Putting Away Childish Things: Coming of Age in Modern Japanese Literature and Film
Matthew Fraleigh

Explores the ways in which modern Japanese writers and filmmakers have represented childhood, youth, and coming of age. A variety of short stories, novels, and memoirs from the 1890s to the present day are read, and several recent films are also screened. Usually offered every third year.

JAPN 145A: The World of Classical Japanese Literature
Matthew Fraleigh

A survey of some of the most important works of Japanese literature from its origins to the late sixteenth century, including a wide range of genres: fiction, essays, travelogues, poetry, and drama. All readings are in English. Usually offered every third year.

Spring 2015 Course Offerings

For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Spring 2015 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

JAPN 20B: Continuing Japanese
Hisae Fujiwara

Continuation of JAPN 10A. Usually offered every spring.

JAPN 40B: Advanced Intermediate Japanese
Yukimi Nakano

Continuation of JAPN 30A with more emphasis on reading and writing. Usually offered every spring.

JAPN 105B: Advanced Conversation and Composition II
Yukimi Nakano

Continuation of JAPN 105A. For advanced students of Japanese who wish to enhance and improve their speaking proficiency as well as reading and writing skills. Speaking skills will be developed through conversation, discussion of texts and films, and oral presentation. Various reading topics on Japanese culture and various forms of writing will be assigned to improve students' reading and writing skills. Usually offered every year.

JAPN 120B: Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
Hisae Fujiwara

Provides advanced students of Japanese with broad introduction to contemporary Japanese literary work that is widely read in Japan. Focuses on significant expansion of vocabulary and grammar improving students' knowledge of the language as well as enhancing their understanding of Japanese culture and society. Usually offered every year.

JAPN 130A: The Literature of Multicultural Japan
Matthew Fraleigh

"Multicultural" may not be an adjective that many associate with Japan, but as we will find in this class, Japan's modern literary and cinematic tradition is rich with works by and about resident Koreans, Ainu, Okinawans, outcasts, and sexual and other marginalized minorities. Why then does the image of a monocultural Japan remain so resilient? Usually offered every third year.