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Course guide

Teaching international students

Founded in 1938, Hiroshima YMCA has a long history of offering quality educational programs and nurturing the leaders of tomorrow. In 1989, The Department of Japanese outgrew the School of Foreign Languages and began holding daily full-time Japanese classes. Since then, countless international students have undertaken their Japanese studies at Hiroshima YMCA. Today, our strong tradition of providing Japanese language training continues in the Language and Communication Department located within the Cultural Education component of the College.
The Language and Communication Department offers three Japanese Courses of varying lengths where students are grouped with learners of similar ability and can pursue their Japanese studies at an appropriate level.

Course Outline

Japanese Course
The Language and Communication Department offers more than just academic Japanese; we are dedicated to providing courses that meet the specific needs of our students. If you want to master academic Japanese and matriculate into tertiary education, perfect your business Japanese for use at your workplace, or brush up on your everyday Japanese communication skills, our experienced instructors are waiting here to guide you.
¡ 1-year Japanese CourseyApril start, maximum 60 students.z

Intended for students who have completed at least one year of Japanese study in their homeland. This course begins at the intermediate level and meets requirements for a 1-year student visa. If students are unsatisfied with their progress after one year, it is possible to join the second year of the two-year course.

¡ 18-month Japanese CourseyOctober start, maximum 60 students.z

This course was designed for students who cannot arrive in Japan until the fall. For the first six months, participants study basic Japanese and then matriculate into the intermediate and advance levels for the remaining year. This course meets requirements for a 2-year visa.

¡ 2-year Japanese CourseyApril start, maximum 60 students.z

Designed with students who want to delve deeper into their Japanese studies in mind, this course is suitable for beginners and students who have completed more than 150 hours of Japanese study in their homeland. First year studies consist of high-beginner to intermediate courses, while in the second year students advance to the intermediate and advance levels. This course meets requirements for a 2-year student visa.

*NB: A placement test will be administered upon admittance to our courses.


Global Communication Course
y1 year, maximum 40 studentsz

East Asia occupies an important position in the 21st century global economy.
In the Global Communication Course, students continue their Japanese studies while focusing on developing their English skills, aiming for a high level of fluency in both foreign languages.

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Curriculum

¡ Japanese yIntroductory Japanesez
Materials Course Details
Nihongo Shoho Comprehensive course consisting of reading, writing, listening, and speaking classes through which students will be exposed to the fundamentals of Japanese grammar and vocabulary.
Aiming at the Japanese Language Proficiency Test N3 and N4 level.
yIntermediatez
Materials Course Details
chuukyuu kara
manabu nihongo
Focus on the acquisition of intermediate-level expressions, vocabulary, and grammar.
Aiming at the Japanese Language Proficiency Test N3 and N4 level.
Writing Uses beginner- and intermediate-level expressions and grammar to practice various forms of writing, from simple compositions to explanations and opinion pieces.
Speaking Improves speaking ability through the introduction of useful expressions and the development of practical communication skills.
Listening Prepares students to understand regular conversations between native Japanese speakers, beginning with accustoming students to the sounds and rhythms of Japanese.
yAdvancedz
Materials Course Details
joukyuu de manabu
nihongo
Improves grasp of advanced-level Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and expressions through themes pulled from Japanese culture.
Aiming at the Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1 and N2 level.
Writing Uses intermediate- and advanced-level expressions and grammar to practice various forms of writing, from reflection papers to research papers.
Speaking Improves ability to give speeches, participate in discussions, and make presentations through the introduction of useful expressions.
Listening Prepares students to understand regular conversations and radio and TV news.
¡ Example Schedule for Global Communication Course
  MON. TUE. WED. THU. FRI.
1 09:20`10:40
PC ˆê”ʏ펯 Test Preparation 1 Test Preparation 2 PC
2 11:10`12:40
Japanese Expressions English Grammar English Reading&Writing Kanji Test Preparation PC
3 13:30`15:00
Japanese Language and Society Japanese Writing Japanese Writing TOEICETOEFL Preparation Oral Comprehension
4 15:10`16:40
„Ÿ „Ÿ „Ÿ Math HR

*NB: This schedule is subject to change.

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Certification

Japanese Course

  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test
  • Kanji Test
  • J-Test
  • JETRO Business Japanese Test

Global
Communication Course

  • STEP Test
  • TOEFL
  • TOEIC
  • Kanji Test
  • J-Test
  • JETRO Business Japanese Test

Related Links

International Student Home Page
Impressions from our International Students
Japanese Training Course Alumni: Seasonal Journal HYLT
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