Study Japanese at Foothill College
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Foothill College is one of the few community colleges in the United States that 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 electronics 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.

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. In "Advanced Composition & Reading" courses (JAPN 25A, 25B), students expand their vocabulary and develop reading skills by reading various authentic materials. We also offer a course on Japanese culture and calligraphy (JAPN 33), which focuses on Japanese philosophy, literature, culture and the Japanese "way of brush (shodo)." We have a daytime program on our main campus and an evening program at our Middlefield Campus. Foothill offers an AA degree in Japanese).

Japanese community volunteers, who serve as in-class tutors, support our Japanese Program. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor please contact the Japanese Program Chair, Ikuko Tomita Radkow, Ph.D. at rakowikuko@foothill.edu.

Credit by Exam.
Students with some prior knowledge of Japanese can get credit by exam for one quarter of Japanese. Learn more.

* If you have never taken Japanese courses at Foothill, please be aware that we have a computer blocking system in place. In order to enroll in JAPN 2 or higher, you need to satisfy the prerequisite first. In general, one year of high school language is equal to one quarter of College level Japanese. For example: if you took Japanese 1 & 2 in high school, you can continue with Japanese 3 at Foothill. You still need to have your ID number unblocked for registration, so please send me e-mail for clearance instructions.

If you are a heritage student who grew up in a household where Japanese was spoken, or if you have studied Japanese using any other methods, please contact me (rakowikuko@foothill.edu) as soon as the registration starts. You need to be placed at a proper level and have your ID unblocked.

(The following text is in Japanese. Please choose a Japanese encoding on your web browser.)

日本人の皆様、

フットヒル大学ではボランティアのチューターの方を常時募集しています。語学のクラスでは授業内での小グループによる会話の練習等の補佐などがその主な役割です。アメリカ人の学生と対応することにより、英会話の練習や新らしい友達をつくる良いチャンスにもなります。また、長期的に外国語としての日本語の教授法を学びたいという人のためにはTutor Training Programもありますので、興味がある人は日本語学科長の冨田までお問い合わせください。

Get ahead. Expand your horizons. Study Japanese.

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