南山大学

 

Japanese Seminar Courses

A high degree of proficiency in the Japanese language is required for participation in the seminars. Most of the seminars are offered in both the fall and spring semesters and are conducted mainly in Japanese.

Japanese in Tourism

This course is designed for students of NIJ600 and NIJ700 who want to work in the Japanese service industry in the future. The aim of the course is to give students the preparation and background required to survive in the service industry by learning the necessary vocabulary and expressions. In order to ensure that each student receives sufficient individual attention, class size is limited to 15 students. Opportunities for a one-week internship either at a convenience store or a hotel in Nagoya will be offered to about two students.

Business Japanese

This course is designed for students of NIJ600 and NIJ700, instructing them in practical Japanese that can be used in real business situations. Business Japanese involves much stricter rules than the language used in daily life in Japan. In this course, students learn to apply those rules through activities such as role-plays, writing business letters, and practicing non-verbal communication. Selected students who complete this course successfully may be eligible to participate in short-term internship at a Japanese company during the spring recess.

Japanese in Volunteering

This course is designed mainly for NIJ500, 600 and 700 students who want to visit an after-school day-care center to have cultural exchange with elementary school students. In this course, students will improve their presentation and communication skills through in-class and off-campus activities. In class, students will 1) learn expressions and strategies necessary for communicating with children, 2) prepare activities and presentations for the volunteer work, and 3) reflect on their experience and share with the class what they learned from the volunteer work. Students are required to participate in four off-campus volunteering activities and give presentations about them.

Elementary Translation

While the ability to translate Japanese into another language is not an integral part of proficiency in the Japanese language, it is an important additional skill that a student of Japanese will often need in order to pursue advanced courses in Japanese and its related fields in institutions of higher education. The skill is also essential for those who are planning to work in an area where knowledge of Japanese is required. The course includes some practice in translating from English to Japanese as well as from Japanese to English. It attempts to meet the demands of students of NIJ400 who are planning to continue their study of Japanese after finishing the Nanzan program and returning to their home institutions. The aim of this course is to develop translation skills, so the introduction of new vocabulary and grammar is kept to a minimum.