Texas Tech University

Japanese Language & Area Studies

 
 
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Why Learn Japanese?

The Japanese language is the ninth most widely spoken primary language in the world with more than 125 million speakers. Being the third-largest economy in the world, Japan has close economic connections with the US. Studying Japanese means getting to know a culture that is known for its passion for design and mastery, which brings us Annie, manga, Hello Kitty, karate, Nintendo, and more. The Japanese language is very different from most European languages. While it is less commonly taught in universities, it is easier than many people may think. One does not need to worry about plurals, grammatical gender, definite or indefinite articles, and the pronunciation is extremely easy. Knowing Japanese will set your apart from the crowd and open many doors! It will develop your multicultural perspectives, open up job opportunities, and provide skills for traveling the globe.

The Japanese Program at TTU

TTU offers both courses and a minor in Japanese. Courses are Beginning (JAPN 1501, 1502) and Second Year (JAPN 2301, JAPN 2302) Japanese language courses as well as a repeatable advanced course (JAPN 4300). The minor in Japanese consists of 22 hours of Japanese Language courses: JAPN 1501, 1502, 2301, 2302, and two 4000-level courses, one of which must be taken in residence at TTU.

  • Japanese Language Courses can be used to satisfy TTU Foreign Language Requirements.
  • Japanese Language Courses can be used to complete minors in Japanese or Asian Studies.
  • These courses also can prepare you for exotic and exciting study-abroad opportunities. (see www.studyabroad.ttu.edu)

Students will have opportunities to engage in cultural activities and practice Japanese outside of the classrooms, including the following:

  • Japanese Conversation Hour: this weekly event introduces Japanese cultures and provides opportunities for practicing Japanese conversational skills.
  • Global Readiness Through Language and Culture (GRLC): the project connects students with university students in Japan. Students and their peers in Japan can collaborate on projects, discover more about each other's culture, and help each other improve language skills.
  •  Genki Club: it is a club devoted to improving students' Japanese skills through fun games and activities; More events are coming soon in future semesters!

Advisor Information:

For more information, contact Stephanie Santos, CMLL Academic Advisor.

Japanese Instructors

Yamato Kitahashi
yamato.kitahashi@ttu.edu
CMLL 249
Kitahashi
Mirai Nagasawa
mirai.nagasawa@ttu.edu
CMLL 004
Nagasawa
Shiori Saito
shiori.saito@ttu.edu
CMLL 004
Saito

Japanese Course Information

JAPN 1501 - Beginning Course in Japanese I

The goal of this course is to prepare you to use the target language appropriately in the Japanese culture and society. In other words, the course is aimed at helping you to be able to communicate in the language instead of merely knowing information about it. Thus, course content is focused on using Japanese in various contexts to accomplish common tasks, and it is important for students to prepare and review carefully for each session. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with basic language usage in Japanese, and they will have developed basic linguistic strategies to convey meaning and express themselves in everyday situations. Furthermore, you will have learned a considerable amount of information about the Japanese culture, including topics related to the way of life.

JAPN 1502 - Beginning Course in Japanese II

The goal of this course is to prepare you to use the target language appropriately in the Japanese culture and society. In other words, the course is aimed at helping you to be able to communicate in the language instead of merely knowing information about it. Thus, course content is focused on using Japanese in various contexts to accomplish common tasks, and it is important for students to prepare and review carefully for each session. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with basic language usage in Japanese, and they will have developed basic linguistic strategies to convey meaning and express themselves in everyday situations. Furthermore, you will have learned a considerable amount of information about the Japanese culture, including topics related to the way of life.

JAPN 2301 - Second Course in Japanese I

This course is designed to further develop communicative skills in Japanese as well as insights into Japanese culture for those who have successfully completed JAPN 1501 and JAPN 1502. Students will practice using Japanese appropriately in given contexts and attain proficiency that is equivalent to the first-year level of Japanese. It is proficiency-oriented course, covering all the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

JAPN 2302 - Second Course in Japanese II

This course is designed to further develop communicative skills in Japanese as well as insights into Japanese culture for those who have successfully completed JAPN 1501, JAPN 1502, and JAPN 2301. Students will practice using Japanese appropriately in given contexts and attain proficiency that is equivalent to the first-year level of Japanese. It is proficiency-oriented course, covering all the four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

JAPN 4300 - Individual Problems in Japanese

This course is a continuation of second-year Japanese. It is assumed that the students in this class have acquired an intermediate level of proficiency that is equivalent to the second-year level of Japanese. It is a proficiency-oriented course, covering all four skills. Being proficient means being able to complete tasks using Japanese, not simply knowing about the language nor knowing many Kanji (Chinese characters) and their English equivalents. It also implies a high degree of competence as a result of training. Therefore, you will be expected to demonstrate what you can do with the language, not just to explain what you know about it. You will learn not only how to use Japanese but also to whom how to use the language appropriately in variety of contexts. In addition, you will explore more Japanese and Japanese culture according to your interest.