南山大学

 

Department of English ( Nanzan Junior College )

Words connect one person to another. We can see people within words. We can see culture. Widen your world with English. Students of the English Department of Nanzan Junior College, the two-year program at Nanzan University, will discover the meaning of these statements.

Students have been studying English all the way up to high school, but now it is time to put it to practical use. For example, one of our core classes will focus on presentation skills. Students will put into spoken words the ideas they have learned in the other core classes. By speaking in front of others and engaging in meaningful exchanges, students can gain confidence in their use of English. Our core classes are integrated by using the same ideas and words in reading, writing, discussion, and presentation classes.

Our goal is to have a “small college” feel in a “big university” setting. First, students will have many opportunities for small-group work. Through group work, students can strengthen their interpersonal skills and sharpen their decision-making, both of which are important for the modern workplace. Second, we will build a community spirit through the “Learning Community” class, where students can discuss and discover connections among what they have learned in other classes. All Language Community classmates will take the same core classes together. Students can feel relaxed in the famous Nanzan Junior College “at home” atmosphere.


Features of the Department

  • Most of the compulsory courses are taught in small-size, pre-selected class units, allowing instructors to provide quality education and robust support to each and every student.
  • Depending on their interests, students can choose from the group of theme courses offering specialized instruction in “Communication,” “Cultural Understanding” and “International Cooperation.” Practical and comprehensive English skills are cultivated in the core training courses that make up the main pillar of students’ education.
  • Students employ an independent and cooperative learning style in the compulsory courses called the “Learning Community,” working in small groups with students from both years on topics set each semester.
  • Our partnership with five Catholic universities in the United States help make it possible to realize the dream of studying abroad during a student’s time at Nanzan, or even after graduation. Faculty members provide detailed support for those interested in studying abroad.

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Nanzan Junior College Chair of the Department of English

Professor
Keizo Asano