南山大学

 

Student Voice Japanese Seminar Courses

Readings in Japanese Literature Ⅱ

ASAVA-AREE, Evan (Canada)

CJS Class of 2015–2016 / Yale Nus College

I decided to enroll in this course because before I came to Japan I had only read Japanese literature in English and was curious to understand how the experience would be different in Japanese.

Each week we were introduced to a new author, each with a different writing style. We read stories not only by Haruki Murakami but also by other prominent authors such as Kobo Abe, Miyuki Miyabe, Otsuichi and Jiro Akagawa. Through this, I became more sensitive to the stylistic devices that the authors used and applied them in the story I wrote for my Creative Writing class.

Moreover, I learned how to enjoy Japanese novels in my own time, such as Murakami's ‘Kafka on the Shore', and Osamu Dazai's ‘No Longer Human', which I know I would not have been able to read before taking this class. When I go back to my home country, I would love to continue reading and being inspired by more Japanese authors.

Japanese in Tourism

BRODNAX, Xavier Bethea (United States of America)

CJS Class of 2015–2016 / The George Washington University

This class, aimed at NIJ600 and NIJ700 level students, aims to introduce and acclimatize students to the customs of the Japanese service industry. Every session, students use and discuss various forms of “keigo," respect language spoken in many facets of Japanese culture. Involving a thorough analysis of the vocabulary and expressions integral to the industry, the course is both interesting and challenging. Class size is limited to 15 students so that each individual gets adequate exposure to the lesson materials. Class work is moderately paced and interactive, placing emphasis on participation and communication between students and the professor. Given that communication is vital in the service industry, students are encouraged to be proactive and not shy away from speaking.