Japanese

The Duke Japanese program emphasizes communication and the performance of tasks. It offers a 4-year curriculum built on communicative, task-based and content based approaches. Instruction aims at developing proficiency from novice to advanced level and a cultural awareness in an integrated manner through tailored materials and interactive learning.

Japanese Placement Guidelines

Placement in a Japanese language class follows the AMES department placement policy.

These guidelines are to help you choose a proper course. Please note that self-placement has to be approved or corrected by the instructor. If you have studied Japanese prior to Duke, you must take a placement test to be officially placed into the right course. Contact the coordinator, Hitomi Endo hendo@duke.edu, or the instructor of the course.

Elementary Japanese - 100 level courses

JPN 101 (Elementary Japanese) uses a textbook “Genki” LL.1-9, JPN 102 (Elementary Japanese) “Genki” LL. 10-17.

JPN 101 (Elementary Japanese)—fall only

  • You have never studied Japanese.
  • You studied Japanese in middle school but not in high school.
  • You studied Japanese in high school, but do not think the program was strong.
  • You can read and write hiragana & katakana, but you do not know many kanji.

JPN 102 (Elementary Japanese)—spring only

  • You have successfully completed JPN 101 (Elementary Japanese) or its equivalent.
  • You studied Japanese for 3-4 years in a strong high school program.
  • Your AP score was below 3.
  • You can read and write about 100 kanji.

Intermediate Japanese - 200 level courses

JPN 203 (Intermediate Japanese) uses Genki LL.17-23, JPN 204 (Intermediate Japanese) Tobira LL.1-5.

JPN 203 (Intermediate Japanese)—fall only

  • You have successfully completed JPN 102 (Elementary Japanese) or its equivalent.
  • You had 4 years Japanese in a strong high school program.
  • Your AP score was 3 or higher.
  • You have acquired basic language skills of Japanese informally such as in your home or through living in Japan.
  • You can read and write about 200 kanji.

JPN 204 (Intermediate Japanese)—spring only

  • You have successfully completed JPN 203 (Intermediate Japanese) or equivalent.
  • You had 4 years of high school Japanese and your AP score was 4 or higher.
  • You have acquired basic language skills of Japanese informally such as in your home or through living in Japan.
  • You can read and write about 300 kanji.

Advanced Japanese - 300 level course

JPN 305 (Advanced Japanese) uses “Tobira” LL.6-10, JPN 306 (Advanced Japanese) “Tobira” LL.11-14.

JPN 305 (Advanced Japanese)—fall only

  • You have successfully completed JPN 204 (Intermediate Japanese) or its equivalent.
  • You had 4 years of high school Japanese and your AP score was 5.
  • You have acquired intermediate level language proficiency in Japanese informally in your home or through living in Japan.
  • You can read and write about 500 kanji.

JPN 306 (Advanced Japanese)—spring only

  • You have successfully completed JPN 305 (Advanced Japanese) or its equivalent.
  • You have acquired intermediate or higher level language proficiency in Japanese informally in your home or through living in Japan.
  • You can read and write about 700 kanji.

Advanced Japanese - 400 level courses (use mainly authentic materials)

  • You have successfully completed JPN 306 (Advanced Japanese) or its equivalent.
  • You have acquired advanced level language proficiency in Japanese informally in your home or through living in Japan.
  • You can read and write about 1000 kanji.

*If you have passed JLPT N2 or N1, please contact the coordinator, Hitomi Endo at hendo@duke.edu or the instructor of the course to take a placement test.

Japanese Study Abroad

Students studying Japanese may choose from a variety of study abroad programs below. These programs are offered for summer, one semester, or a full year and in different cities in Japan. In all semester long and full year programs, courses are offered in humanities and social sciences as well as in language study. To fulfill the foreign language requirement, courses must be taken in a Duke-approved program.

Duke Approved Programs:

(for cost and application deadlines, click here)

Other Programs:

Domestic Program:

Japanese Program Activities

Japanese Conversation Partner Program

Students have the opportunities to interact with a Japanese community on campus. Students who are enrolled in classes above JPN 102 have Japanese speaking partners throughout the academic year to practice the target language and enhance understanding of the culture.

Japanese Language Table

Weekly language table is held in conjunction with the Japanese Residential Hall. All Japanese speakers are welcome.

Japanese Residential Hall

The Japanese Hall is located in the West-Edens Link. The hall provides students with an opportunity to live in a community which focuses on different languages and cultures in a language theme hall. In an effort to compliment and enhance the classroom experience, hall members are encouraged and provided opportunities to speak their respective language as often as possible—to "live the language." It is a fun, educational, and rewarding place to live.

Duke Japanese Speech Contest

This annual event is held each spring semester. All students in the program participate in the preliminary stage and finalists selected compete with contestants from other institutions in the regions including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Japanese Program Scholarship

Funding is available to full-time Duke students who plan to go to Japan for academic purposes.

  • study-abroad scholarships for undergraduates
  • summer or academic year research support for undergraduates working directly with AMES faculty on an in-depth project
  • student travel to conferences including the Japan-America Student Conference

Priority is given to the students who

  1. are majoring or minoring in Japanese in AMES (need to be declared at the time of applying)
  2. plan to continue language study beyond the Duke FL requirements upon returning to the Duke Campus

JPN scholarship applications for study abroad
JPN scholarship applications for research
JPN scholarship applications for conferences

 

Undergraduate Students Grants are also available at Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke  http://web.duke.edu/apsi/japangrant.html

Japanese Program Faculty

Japanese Language Program Coordinator

Hitomi Endo

Japanese Program Faculty

  • Leo Ching, Associate Professor and Chair
  • Hitomi Endo, Associate Professor of the Practice
  • Naoko Kurokawa, Lecturer
  • Azusa Saito, Japanese Instructor