Welcome to the Indiana University Japanese Language Program Website
What you can expect from our program
Students who have completed the two-year language requirement should be able to function in daily situations in Japan. By the end of the third year (required for majors), students will be able to start to handle authentic materials. By the end of the fourth year, students are expected to have confidence when handling any modern materials.
Student Organizations and Activities
The EALC Japanese Program and the IU Intensive English Program (IEP) have created a new opportunity for Japanese language learners to converse with fellow learners and native Japanese speakers. Since the fall of 2009 the Japanese/English Conversation Table (JECT) has been meeting weekly in the Language Table Room of the Center for Language Technology and Instructional Enrichment (CeLTIE) in Ballantine Hall, room 106. Participants meet for one hour, speaking Japanese for the first 30 minutes and English for the second 30 minutes. The spring 2014 schedule is as follows:
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: first- and second-year Japanese students and lower-level IEP students
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: third- and fourth-year Japanese students and upper-level IEP studentsLing Zhang (5:30 - 6:30) and Jaehoon Jeong (6:30 - 7:30) will facilitate JECT. All Japanese language students are welcome to attend.
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Japanese Language Program News
2012-2013 Japanese National Honor Society-College Chapter
8/31/2013The EALC department has nominated nine graduating seniors for membership in the Japanese National Honor Society (JNHS). The JNHS was established by the Association of Japanese Teachers to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement and excellence in Japanese language study. The inductees for 2012-2013 JNHS-CC are James Wilson, Brad Wissler, Siyuan Yu, Caitlyn Lee, Britney Nay, Alexandra Baker, Dillon Smith, Stephanie Gomez, Rabiatul Abd Patah.
Annual JNHS High School Student Visit to IU Bloomington
8/6/201310 Japanese language students from IU were paired with Japanese National Honor Society (JNHS) students from Bloomington High School (BHS) North for the annual JNHS High School Student Visit to IU. The November visit not only familiarizes JNHS students with IU’s Japanese Program and postsecondary Japanese language education in general, but also provides IU students an opportunity to mentor and practice the language with talented high school Japanese language students. IU students share their experiences studying Japanese at the college-level with the honor society students, take them to Japanese classes, and show them around campus. This year participants gathered at a Japanese restaurant to have lunch together, where they also met Misako Matsubara, the IU Japanese Program senior lecturer, Keiko Kuriyama, assistant professor and IU Japanese Language Program coordinator, and Molly Jeon, Japanese and ESL teacher at BHS North.
Business Japanese Course Mock Job Interview leads to Real Job Offer
6/01/2012Nic Newby, a graduate student in the School of Education and former J313 Business Japanese student, was recently hired by Mirwec Film Inc., a Japanese owned company located in Bloomington. As one of their final course projects this past spring, students in J313 participated in a mock job interview conducted by two employees from Mirwec. After the moc interview, Mirwec invited Nic to come in for a real interview, which eventually led to a real job offer. Nic has completed four Japanese courses at IUB (J301, J302, J313 and J401). He will start working at the company after he graduates from IU in December.
J313 Business Japanese Students Visit Film Company in Bloomington
Students in J313 visited Mirwec Film, Inc. in Bloomington during the spring of 2012. Located at 601 Liberty Drive, the company manufactures capacitor grade films. After taking a tour of the facilities, students listened to a presentation by company CEO and president, Yoshinari Yasui. Mr. Yasui travels from Japan once a month to visit his Bloomington company.