Program Outline

The Japanese Language Program (JLP)

The Japanese Language Program offered by Keio University is intended chiefly for foreign students (non-native speakers of Japanese). In addition to Japanese language courses, the Program includes a range of subjects in Japanese studies.

1. Program Overview

The Program focuses throughout on helping students to build up their proficiency in the Japanese language with a view to their future studies in the specialized fields. It offers a wide range of study levels and subjects, making it easy for students to find a curriculum that fits their needs.
The Program includes a range of Japanese Language Subjects, the goal of which is to improve speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and Japanese Studies on Society and Culture, which are designed to increase students' knowledge of Japan's society and culture. The Program is designed to allow students to put together a course of study to suit their own academic needs and interests.
The Japanese language classes at advanced levels focus on the development of the high level of proficiency in reading and composition required for study in the specialized fields at university undergraduate and graduate level. Moreover, students who satisfy the registration requirements may also choose to take subjects from the regular undergraduate or graduate programs offered by Keio University. (Please note that there are limits on the number of subjects that can be taken and on the number of credits that can be earned.)
Students may also take Optional Subjects offered in English by the International Center (hereafter International Center Courses).

Note:
The Japanese Language Program is chiefly designed for students who are currently enrolled in, or are graduates of, an undergraduate degree program at university. The Program does not offer any preparatory courses for students who plan to apply for undergraduate programs at Japanese universities.
The Japanese Language Program is separate from the regular undergraduate and graduate programs of Keio University; admission to the Program does not constitute admission to the regular undergraduate or graduate programs. Students seeking admission to one of the regular undergraduate or graduate programs of Keio University need to take and pass the relevant entrance examination.

2. Program Capacity

180 students each academic year. Although numbers may vary from semester to semester, the average class size is around 20 students.

3. Program Duration

The Japanese Language Program follows the semester system (Spring and Fall Semesters). The Spring Semester runs from late March to mid-September; the Fall Semester runs from mid-September to late March.
In the 2017 academic year, the summer vacation is from July 27 to September 10, and the spring vacation is from early February to late March 2018.
Program duration is as follows:
 Fall Semester 2017 Enrollment: Fall Semester and Spring Semester (September 2017-September 2018)
 Spring Semester 2018 Enrollment: Spring Semester and Fall Semester (April 2018-March 2019)

4. Program Location

Japanese Language Program classes are held on Mita Campus in central Tokyo (Minato-ku, Tokyo).

5. Study Levels

The Japanese Language Program is divided into 9 study levels, as described in the table below.

Level Designed for  Study goals  Targets 
1 Students learning Japanese for the first time To acquire the ability to speak, read and write Japanese to a level sufficient for everyday life. Sentence structure: basic
Vocabulary: 500 words
Kanji: 100 characters
2 Beginning students who have had some Japanese language instruction To acquire the ability to speak, read and write Japanese to a level sufficient for everyday life. Sentence structure: basic
Vocabulary: 1,000 words
Kanji: 250 characters
3 Students who have completed around 100 hours of study To acquire the ability to speak, read and write Japanese to a level sufficient for everyday life. Sentence structure: basic
Vocabulary: 1,500 words
Kanji: 350 characters
4 Students who have completed around 150 hours of study To acquire the ability to speak, read and write Japanese to a level sufficient for everyday life. Sentence structure: basic
Vocabulary: 2,000 words
Kanji: 500 characters
5 Students with a command of basic sentence structure, vocabulary and kanji To acquire the ability to express oneself in and understand Japanese at a basic level in both oral and written contexts.This level seeks to develop basic language skills as a foundation for learning the specialist language used in specialized academic disciplines. Sentence structure: intermediate
Vocabulary: 4,000 words
Kanji: 800 characters
6 Students with a command of basic sentence structure, vocabulary and kanji To acquire the ability to express oneself in and understand Japanese at a basic level in both oral and written contexts.This level seeks to develop basic language skills as a foundation for learning the specialist language used in specialized academic disciplines. Sentence structure: intermediate
Vocabulary: 6,000 words
Kanji: 1,100 characters
7 Students with an adequate command of common expressions in oral and written Japanese To acquire the ability to understand university lectures, read text and reference books, write papers and take examinations. Sentence structure: advanced
Vocabulary: 8,000 words
Kanji: 1,500 characters
8 Students with an adequate command of common expressions in oral and written Japanese To acquire the ability to understand university lectures, read text and reference books, write papers and take examinations. Sentence structure: advanced
Vocabulary: 10,000 words
Kanji: 1,945 characters
9 Students with a high level of Japanese language proficiency To acquire a command of terminology required to understand lectures in specialized disciplines, participate in discussions, present papers at seminars, read specialized texts and write a thesis. A level of Japanese language proficiency equivalent to that of Japanese students in the undergraduate program

6. Level Assessment and Assignment

Prior to the start of each semester, all students on the Japanese Language Program are required to take a placement test on the basis of which they are assigned to an appropriate Study Level. In principle, students take classes at two different study levels during the one-year period of the Program.

7. Subjects Offered

The Japanese Language Program comprises 3 types of subjects: Japanese Language Subjects, Japanese Studies on Society and Culture, and Optional Subjects. The subjects required for Program completion are Japanese Language Subjects and Japanese Studies on Society and Culture (see “10. Program Completion”).


Japanese Language Subjects:
The following subjects are offered for the relevant study levels.
Comprehensive Japanese, Grammar, Composition, Orthography, Modern Text Reading, Newspaper Reading, Conversation, Presentation, Aural Comprehension,  Applied Composition, and Situational Conversation 

Japanese Studies on Society and Cultute:
These are the subjects to deepen the students’ understanding of Japanese Culture. Classes are conducted solely in Japanese.
Japanese Social Studies (History of Japanese Literature, Noh play)
Japanese Cultural Studies(Traditional culture, Japanese painting, Japanese animation and TV game)

Optional Subjects:
International Center Courses conducted in English by Keio International Center are available as Optional Subjects. The subjects to be offered can be found on the Keio International Center's web site. (Subjects to be offered in 2017 academic year will be available after April 2017.)
Optional Subjects are irrelevant to the requirements for the program completion. 

8. Course Registration

Students must choose and register for at least 7 subjects (offered from Monday to Saturday) among Japanese Language Subjects and/or Japanese Studies on Society and Culture. Students must choose subjects appropriate to their level. Attending a 90 minute Japanese Language Class per week for 15 weeks will be counted as 1 credit. Attending a 90 minute Japanese Studies on Society and Culture Class per week for 15 weeks will be counted as 2 credits. If the requirements are satisfied, students are allowed to take up to 2 subjects, earning 4 credits, from the regular undergraduate or graduate programs. In addition to the Main Course listed above, there is a Pre-designed Course. Details on the Pre-designed Course will be given after admission to the Japanese Language Program.

9. Decisions on Academic Status

To pass each study level, students must attend classes (at least 7 subjects) at their assigned level for one semester and earn all the credits (at least 7 credits) from the Japanese Language Subjects and/or Japanese Studies on Society and Culture specified in Section 8.
Grades are determined after the completion of the final examinations. Students must attend at least 2/3 of all classes in the semester to qualify to take the final exams. There are four grades: A, B, C, and D (listed from highest to lowest). To earn credits, students must achieve at least a grade of C. In some subjects, grades are awarded on the basis of class performance during the semester or on term papers, rather than final examinations.

10. Program Completion

To complete the Japanese Language Program, students must have been enrolled in the Program for at least one year, passed two different study levels, and earned at least 14 credits.
Students who are taking subjects from the regular undergraduate or graduate programs may count up to 4 credits per semester from these subjects towards the completion of the Japanese Language Program.
Subjects from the International Center Courses, which are taught in English, are optional subjects and will not be counted towards the completion of the Japanese Language Program. Subjects from the regular undergraduate or graduate programs taught in English are also treated as optional subjects.
Students who complete the Program will receive a Certificate of Completion.