About the Program
Foothill College is one of the few community colleges in the United States to offer a major in Japanese language.
The study of Japanese is an excellent choice for students in the Bay Area since much business and trade is carried on with Japan by California industries.
The technology industry is especially interested in employing people who know Japanese. It is an excellent major or minor for those who plan to work in international business.
What you can do with a degree in Japanese
- Language instructor
- Working in the Japanese game industry
- Bilingual localization associate for multinational corporations
- Working in the Japanese tech industry such as Fujitus or Microsoft Japan
- Translator & interpreter
- Japanese-English customer service representative
- Working in the travel industry
- Teaching English in Japan
Degree & Program Types
Check out this list for a quick view of our Japanese program. For program requirements, view Degrees and Certificates.
Associate in Arts Degree
Foothill offers first year (JAPN 1, 2, 3) and second year (JAPN 4, 5, 6) Japanese as well as intermediate and advanced Japanese conversation (JAPN 13A, 13B, 14A, 14B).
In these courses, students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as knowledge of the Japanese culture.
Please go to our Faculty Website for more information on our program.
JAPN 101A, 101B, 101C & 101D: JAPANESE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST (JLPT) PREPARATION I~IV (4 units each) (Starting Fall 2018)
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is the most recognized Japanese language test, and there is an increased demand for JLPT preparation classes among Japanese language learners. In order to pass the test, students especially need to be trained to improve their reading and listening skills because that is the way the test is structured. We believe that this course which focuses on reading and listening comprehension will be useful to help prepare students for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
JAPN 101A: JAPN 3 (1 year of college level Japanese or equivalent) is advised before taking this course. This course is designed to help prepare students for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N4 level. It aims at enabling students to pass the JLPT N4 level. In this course, students will comprehensively expand their proficiency in Japanese and increase ability to use the knowledge in actual communication. This course covers vocabulary, kanji, grammar, reading comprehension and listening comprehension related to the JLPT N4 level. Special emphasis is placed on reading and listening comprehension. Student will also learn a strategy to pass the JLPT N4 level.
JAPN 101B: Continuation of JLPT 101A. It aims at enabling students to pass the JLPT N4 level. Development of intermediate level of reading and listening skills by understanding a more complex range of information. Reading and listening skills and ability to use the knowledge in actual communication are to be developed through classroom activities and homework assignments. Special emphasis is placed on rapidity of correct perception and acquaintance with a variety of native dialects, and familiarity with oral idioms and grammar. Student will also learn a strategy to pass the JLPT N4 level.
JAPN 101C: Continuation of JLPT 101B. It aims at enabling students to pass the JLPT N4 level. Further development of intermediate level of reading and listening by increasing vocabulary and by understanding socio-linguistic features such as honorific verbs and extra-modest expressions. Reading and listening experience in an environment of increasingly challenging language situation. Students will gain a high level of communicative competence and continue to learn kanji. Student will also learn a strategy to pass the JLPT N4 level.
JAPN 101D: Continuation of JLPT 101C. It aims at enabling students to pass the JLPT N4 and it also helps prepare students for the JLPT N3 level. Development of advanced level of reading and listening skills by understanding a more abstract range of information relating to high-frequency situations and by exploring various forms of authentic materials such as current news media and drama. Student will gain a high level of communicative competence and continue to learn kanji. Student will also learn a strategy to pass the JLPT N3 level as well as the JLPT N4 level.
JAPN 13A, 13B, 14A & 14B: Intermediate Japanese Conversation I & II, Advanced Japanese
Conversation I & II (4 units each)
We are redesigning our Japanese conversation courses to better train our students to face the changing world. These courses complement our JAPN 4-5-6 series and the above JLPT Preparation courses (JAPN 101 A~D). Concurrent enrollment is highly advised.
In JAPN 13A-13B-14A-14B series,
1. Students aim to improve their Japanese speaking ability in a relaxed atmosphere.
2. The lessons, which focus on improving conversational skills including the casual variations and slang, go beyond the textbook.
3. Students will be trained to be able to say what they want in Japanese in both formal and casual situations.
4. There will be no lesson tests or written final exam. Students will be evaluated on oral presentations and their functional ability in Japanese.
We have a daytime/evening program on our main campus and at the Sunnyvale Center.
Credit by Exam
Students with some prior knowledge of Japanese can get credit by examination for one quarter of Japanese.
Become a Tutor
Japanese community volunteers support our Japanese Program as in-class tutors. We also offer JAPN 192 (Community Service Learning, 1 unit) for those who want to keep their volunteer work record for UC/CSU transfers.
Please Contact Me!
Ikuko Tomita Rakow, Department Chair
Office 6601, Main Campus
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