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The Japanese Language Programme provides students with well-balanced instruction in speaking, writing, listening, and reading from basic to high levels of proficiency. The courses are designed with proficiency-oriented language learning in mind, and coursework includes task-based activities that enhance the development of students’ communicative abilities in Japanese. Many of the Japanese language courses also aim at the training of “Japanese for specific purposes” such as business Japanese, translation, and interpretation. Another area that the programme emphasizes is inquiries into the culture, people, and society in Japan, which are incorporated into the language courses as well as the Japanese-medium theme-based courses that have strong links with the language. Selected students are sent to Japanese universities to participate in exchange programmes. Furthermore, the students who attain a high level of Japanese proficiency will qualify for the programme of Special Honours in Japanese Language.

Learning Outcomes

Students who have completed a BA programme in Japanese Studies should be able to:

• Analyze and think critically about issues in Japanese culture and society
• Demonstrate an interest in exploring specific topics in Japanese studies
• Articulate critical and creative views on Japan and the Japanese language and apply the ability to understand unfamiliar situations.
• Demonstrate the ability to understand core problems related to Japan and the Japanese language as circulating in current international scholarly debates
• Use a cross-cultural perspective to compare Japanese and other societies
• Communicate in spoken and written Japanese about personal, social, cultural issues
• Communicate at both factual and abstract levels about issues in Japanese culture and society
• Use Japanese appropriately in formal and informal contexts
• Use Japanese fluently to express ideas, opinions and facts
• Demonstrate an understanding of how Japan and the Japanese language are connected with other societies and cultures

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