Japanese language program
DHU’s Japanese program trains students not only understanding everyday conversation but also in advanced Japanese proficiency.
The curriculum offers Japanese language classes to develop the necessary language skills and to prepare students to succeed in Japan. As each student has various levels of proficiency in Japanese at the time of entering DHU, from students who have already resided in Japan to those who came to Japan to study at DHU, the curriculums are taught in five levels from S, A, B, C and D to offer classes according to each student’s level. The classes train students in Japanese geography, economics, history and culture, instead of simply learning Japanese only, with the goal of deepening their understanding about Japan. Also, the extracurricular education encourages students to read extensively depending on their level to increase the level of Japanese proficiency, such as extensive reading forum and Japanese speech competition at a campus festival, offering opportunities for students who wish to boost their Japanese level.
* The goals to be accomplished:
- To be able to study specialized fields at the university.
- To be able to make presentations about specialized fields.
- To be able to write reports and research papers.
DHU offers Japanese language curriculum in two programs and five courses.
Basic Japanese I
Basic Japanese II
|First Semester||Second Semester||Remarks|
|First Year students||Basic Japanese I||Basic Japanese II||
Students must obtain credits from both Basic Japanese I and II in order to take Japanese I.
(Except when students are determined for S level at a placement test at the time of admission)
|Second Year students||Japanese I||Japanese II||
At the end of the first semester, second-year students who have not obtained 24 credits and more or the Basic Japanese I must repeat the same year.
At the end of the second semester, second-year students who have not obtained 46 credits and more or the Basic Japanese II must repeat the same year.
|Third Year students||Japanese III||Seminar I||
At the end of the first semester, third-year students who have not obtained 68 credits and more or the Basic Japanese I and III must repeat the same year.
Those who are repeating the same year cannot take seminars in the second semester.
Third-year students at the end of the second semester: Grade promotion determination (whether or not third-year students can go on to the fourth year from or not)
|Fourth Year students||Seminar II||Graduation project assignment||
Fourth-year students at the end of the second semester: Graduation determination
Course objectives of Basic Japanese class
- This course aims to improve students’ four Japanese skills necessary to take part in university classes (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
- This course aims to increase students’ communication abilities in campus life.
- Students will also learn to express technical terms in Japanese.
- Students aim to gain the ability to use proper Japanese in writing texts and reports for class assignments.
- Students will learn to have a smooth communication in class.
To prepare students to make a presentation at seminars in their specialized field, it aims to develop necessary verbal expression and the following abilities:
- Resource acquisition
- Research and analysis
- Resume writing
By learning Japan’s basic knowledge, students will gain linguistic knowledge and social knowledge.
- Geography and social study
- Economics and industries
- History and culture
Japanese Language Placement Test
Based on the results, students will be placed in S, A, B, C or D.
|April (for new students only)||Japanese placement test|
Test results will be announced after the test in January each year. After confirming study outcomes for the year, students are encouraged to study Japanese further.
Japanese speech contest
The speech contest is held during a campus festival in fall.
Japanese language proficiency test
The test is implemented twice a year.
- For academic year 2013, the test was implemented in July and December.
- Students who have never taken N2 are encouraged to take it proactively.
- Those who have already passed N2 are encouraged to study hard to pass N1.
English language program
Enjoy learning to improve English skill steadily.
The English language program develops global perspectives to lay the foundation of international education.
In an increasingly global society, English skills are required in any industries.
With an emphasis on listening and speaking, the curriculum is designed to learn English with ease even for students who are weak in English and develop their skills in a phased manner.
The classes are offered in different levels to ensure students of any level can comfortably become proficient in English.
DHU has various students and their English proficiency levels are varied. That’s why English classes are finely divided in six levels from SA, A, B, C, D to E to offer classes tailored to each student’s English proficiency level. We offer the learning system so that even the students who are not good at English and those who have advanced English skills study English comfortably. The classes are rotated periodically and students can move up to an upper class depending on their results.
The relationship of English classes and levels
|SA class||The level at which a student can discuss topics in English.|
|A and B class||The level at which a student can listen and speak English after learning to some extent.|
|C,D and E class||After learning easy-level English words, the level can be increased to communicate in English.|
Through a group exercise, presentation and videos, students enjoy learning English.
DHU’s English courses encourage students to learn actively. Students learn in groups in every class and make a presentation in English. In addition, DHU offers unique classes through videos and SNS.
By studying English through active learning, students can develop their skills in an enjoyable way without getting bored.
Special English course is also offered for students who wish to study abroad.
We offer courses designed to increase IELTS and TOEFL® scores required for study abroad and the Pre-Study Abroad course to prepare students to participate in a study abroad program smoothly. Students learn steadily so that they are ready for fulfilling campus life overseas. In addition, the Business English course is offered for students in their third year to prepare for TOEIC® test for job placement.
Support for students who are taking seminars of specialized education and graduation project in English.
Starting in the academic year 2014, DHU offers a course to support students who want to use English to do a presentation for the graduation project in CG, films, game programing and business. Students who require special English skills can also obtain support from faculty members specializing in English.
Experiencing English and different culture in overseas training immediately after admission.
DHU offers overseas study tour to visit movie studios right after admission to the school each year. This helps students understand the importance of English in an early stage to understand the image of their future career. By visiting the real movie industry and universities abroad to learn through their own experience, they feel the need for English and deepen cross-cultural understanding.