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Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture

 

Program in brief

Equips teachers of the Japanese language with the linguistic, cultural, and intellectual knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality Japanese language education

 

The Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture was launched in October 2003 and is run in collaboration with the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa (JFJLI). JFJLI is a leading educational institution in Japan with a long tradition of excellence in Japanese language education and in teaching Japanese to foreign educators. This program aims to nurture foreign teachers and/or professors with a broad knowledge of, understanding of, and insight into Japanese society, culture, and cultural policies. Graduates will be qualified to take an active role in Japanese language education on the international stage either as future leaders in Japanese language education and research, or as administrators, policy makers, or specialists in promoting Japanese language education. Lectures and seminars are given entirely in Japanese, so that students are required for enough knowledge of the Japanese Language. The program is demanding, and requires a high level of commitment from the students to pass the Qualifying Examination and complete the dissertation in Japanese. Through the Association of Japanese Language and Culture organized by GRIPS and JFJLI, students will have also opportunities to make in public about research.

Target Group

Japanese-language teachers or researchers abroad with the potential to become future leaders in Japanese Studies in their own countries.

Program Design

The close collaboration between JFJLI and GRIPS enables them to provide comprehensive and high-level education and research opportunities in Japanese language education and culture. The curriculum will be formulated individually in accordance with each student’s research plan and academic background. Classes will be taught in lectures as well as through presentation of papers at international conferences and writing a joint research paper. In the first year, students take seminar classes (earning a minimum of 8 credits).

In the second year, students take a qualifying examination to start on their doctoral dissertation, take seminar classes (minimum 2 credits) and a special study course (2 credits) and present research results at Ph.D. candidate seminars. In the third year, students submit a doctoral dissertation and undergo evaluation to obtain a doctorate degree.

Japanese Language and Culture Curriculum

(as of March 2014)

https://gast.grips.ac.jp/syllabus/
Category Optional or Core Course Name Instructor
I Practice Courses Optional Core Seminar on Second Language Acquisition 1 Yokoyama, et al.
Seminar on Second Language Acquisition 2 Kondoh, et al.
Seminar on Second Language Acquisition 3 Kubota, et al.
Seminar on Japanese Linguistics 1 Noyama, et al.
Seminar on Japanese Linguistics 2 Kubota, et al.
Seminar on Japanese Linguistics 3 Usami, et al.
Seminar on Contrastive Linguistics 1 Yokoyama, et al.
Seminar on Contrastive Linguistics 2 Usami, et al.
Seminar on Contrastive Linguistics 3 Kubota, et al.
Seminar on Educational Language Policies 1 Kubota, et al.
Seminar on Educational Language Policies 2 Kondoh, et al.
Seminar on Educational Language Policies 3 Noyama, et al.
Seminar on Sociolinguistics 1 Yokoyama, et al.
Seminar on Sociolinguistics 2 Kondoh, et al.
Seminar on Sociolinguistics 3 Noyama, et al.
Seminar on Japanese Culture 1 TBA
Seminar on Japanese Culture 2 TBA
Seminar on Japanese Culture 3 TBA
Seminar on Language Education Methodology 1 Kondoh, et al.
Seminar on Language Education Methodology 2 Usami, et al.
Seminar on Language Education Methodology 3 Kubota, et al.
Seminar on Teacher Education Research 1 Yokoyama, et al.
Seminar on Teacher Education Research 2 Kondoh, et al.
Seminar on Teacher Education Research 3 Noyama, et al.
Special Study for Dissertation TBA
II Special Research Core Special Study in Japanese Language Education Yokoyama, Kubota, et al.

Career Destinations

Graduates from this program are expected to become future leaders in Japanese Studies. To list a few of the graduates of this program:

  • Associate Professor, Department of Japanese Language and Culture, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University
  • Lecturer, Kasetsart University
  • Professor, Xi’an Juaotong University
  • Professor, College of Foreign Languages, Ocean University of China
  • Lecturer, Manado State University 
  • Lecturer, Yangzhou University

Origin and Affiliation of Students

(as of March 2014)

Country Typical Affiliation
China Beijing Normal University; Ocean University of China; Xi’an Jiatong University; Yangzhou University
India University of Delhi
Indonesia Manado State University
Mongolia Mongolian University of Science and Technology
Thailand Kasetsart University
Vietnam Hanoi University

Recent Theses

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