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Japanese Program

More than 125 million people speak Japanese. It's a unique language that borrows the writing system of ideographic characters and even some words from Chinese. The large number of its speakers and the high level of cultural, economic, and political development of the Japanese people make Japanese one of the leading languages of the world.

Japanese education from K to 12 in the U.S. has been growing as more young people become interested in Japanese innovation, pop-culture, anime, food, video-games, and music. With increased globalization and omnipresent social network, cross-cultural communication has become dynamic and easier for everyone. People watch Japanese shows and listen to Japanese music in many parts of the world. While a Japanese fever seems to continue, Japanese population has been declining in recent years. Japan needs people who are/will be interested in cultural exchanges, business innovation, collaborative scientific researches, and the preservation of traditional Japanese art.

We hope that more people will join us and energize cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
JPN 101 First Year Japanese - First Term 5

Introduces Japanese language and culture. Emphasizes effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Examines the practice, product and perspective of Japanese culture. The first course of a three-course sequence. Audit available.

JPN 102 First Year Japanese - Second Term 5

Introduces Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Includes the practice, product and perspective of Japanese culture. The second course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisite: JPN 101 or instructor permission. Audit available.

JPN 103 First Year Japanese - Third Term 5

Continues the introduction of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Expands the practice, product and perspective of Japanese culture. The third course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisite: JPN 102 or instructor permission. Audit available.

JPN 201 Second Year Japanese - First Term 5

Reviews and continues study of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Examines new practices, products and perspectives of Japanese culture. The first course of a three-course sequence of second-year Japanese. Prerequisite: JPN 103 or instructor permission. Audit available.

JPN 202 Second Year Japanese - Second Term 5

Expands study of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Adds the new practices, products and perspectives of Japanese culture. The second course of a three-course sequence of second-year Japanese. Prerequisite: JPN 201 or instructor permission. Audit available.

JPN 203 Second Year Japanese - Third Term 5

Continues study of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Expands practices, products and perspectives of Japanese culture. The third course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisite: JPN 202 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Yukari Birkett Yukari Birkett Japanese Instructor ybirkett@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031