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New Intensive Japanese 300

DE VERA, Isabela Fajardo (Philippines)

CJS Class of 2015–2016 / Ateneo de Manila University

Having studied Japanese before coming to Japan, I had already learned most of what was covered in class, but I'm sure that after I've finished the course I'll be far more proficient than I would have been had I not chosen to study at Nanzan. Incorporating the grammar structures and vocabulary taught in class in conversations with classmates and Japanese students greatly improved my speaking ability, enabling me to be more confident in using my Japanese outside of the classroom setting. Our teacher was very patient, encouraging us in our lessons and sharing interesting facts about Japan. I found the NIJ300 course very well rounded and (as its name suggests) intensive – we studied reading, writing, grammar, kanji and speaking everyday. Studying with people of different nationalities also provided the opportunity to learn about various cultures and their differences, on top of learning about Japanese culture. Overall, the study abroad experience at Nanzan University has given me a newfound appreciation for Japan and Japanese culture that I will be taking back with me when I leave for my home country.

New Intensive Japanese 400

YOUNG BEY, Imani Michal (United States of America)

CJS Class of 2015–2016 / Agnes Scott College

Before entering Nanzan's NIJ 400 Intensive Japanese course I had zero confidence in my Japanese ability. I had studied Japanese for 2 years but I knew grammatical knowledge was not indicative of speaking ability. In NIJ 400 my confidence gradually increased. The amazing teachers in NIJ 400 Communication and NIJ 400 Reading and Writing worked incredibly hard to ensure that we effectively learned practical Japanese. In Communication we not only learned the grammar but it was reinforced by constant in class pair and group work in class. There were periodic visits made to our class by Japanese students as well and this gave us a chance to work on our natural Japanese skills. In Reading and Writing we had a stringent schedule of reading, essays, kanji practice, and grammar and composition review that helped improve our academic Japanese skills. The teachers were so kind and the incredible CJS Office staff supported us in English and Japanese. Thanks to all the amazing support I had from the CJS program I have made a few Japanese acquaintances and I have the confidence to communicate in Japanese in my daily life. I can honestly say entering the CJS program was one of the best decisions of my life.

New Intensive Japanese 500

BAILEY, Emily Louise (Australia)

CJS Class of 2015–2016 / University of Southern Queensland

I can honestly say that because of New Intensive Japanese 500 I have enjoyed going to university every day. All of the Center for Japanese Studies team are lovely and the teachers especially are dedicated to helping students, even outside of class. They are really skilful at conveying difficult concepts. It is amazing how much the Japanese of the students in this class has improved, and it has been a thrill to be able to use new grammar and kanji immediately with friends and in the ‘real world'. Classes are held every day, all in Japanese, and include reading real articles, short stories, skits, writing short essays, and teamwork with other exchange and Japanese students. As a result, we not only learn a variety of topics and skills, but the lesson content is always interesting. Classes are also set up to be especially interactive, and so students answer questions, explain concepts and practice new skills immediately, while being able to share ideas with people from a range of countries and backgrounds. Furthermore, these intensive Japanese language units combine very well with on-campus social events, field trips and a range of electives in Japanese studies. It has been a really busy, fast-paced and challenging semester, but it's been the best study experience I've had.

New Intensive Japanese 600

CARR, Zachary Dean (Australia)

CJS Class of 2015–2016 / Macquarie University

Before coming to Nanzan I had been studying Japanese for several years and was really excited about the opportunity to study abroad. I felt that the amount of time I spent practicing Japanese in Australia was inadequate as I only had four hours of Japanese classes a week, two of which were lectures. Other than conversing with Japanese friends online, I had no chance to use Japanese outside of those classes. The first thing that surprised me about the nature of the NIJ classes is how interactive they are. You form groups with classmates and do all sorts of things such as group work, debates, discussions and performances, and all in Japanese. Another thing that surprised me was the ethnic diversity of the students. There were people from all around the world including Indonesia, China, the United States and the Philippines. As a result, I not only got to practice Japanese for hours each day, but also got to converse with a variety of people and learn about other cultures. I feel that I have learnt a great deal and have improved my proficiency in Japanese more here in one semester than I did in an entire year at my home university. All in all, the environment of the classes, university, and Nagoya in general has made me very happy that I came to Nanzan. I would recommend coming here to anyone looking to improve their Japanese and to learn a lot about Japanese and other cultures.

I hope to continue my study here next semester at the 700 level.

Thank you.

New Intensive Japanese 700

JUBERT, Lauréna Audrey (France)

CJS Class of 2015–2016 / University of Orleans

Taking the NIJ700 class was probably one of the most challenging things I did in Japan. At the beginning of the semester, despite being far from satisfied with my Japanese level, I knew I could handle daily conversations. When the NIJ 700 class started, I quickly became aware of the huge gap between what I wanted to say in Japanese and what I could actually communicate. Thanks to the sincere involvement of my teachers I really got to focus on the mistakes I made and learnt how to refine my Japanese skills on different aspects. I must say it involved, as the course title suggests, some very intensive study. From the writing and reading skills to the pronunciation, I really have the feeling that it had a great impact on my Japanese ability and understanding.

Still, what I truly treasure is the knowledge I could access through these classes at Nanzan. Discussions and debates with people from all around the world about a wide range of issues affecting our society broadened my perspective of life. I am so thankful I got the chance to grow in such a good environment!