Overview

Learn to listen, speak, read and write fluently in Japanese! Our comprehensive Japanese certificate program examines various aspects of verbal and written communication - including an understanding of Hiragana and Katakana, vocabulary, sound patterns, and sentence structures,– thus building proficiency and refining conversational skills in Japanese. Students will explore Japanese culture and social conventions and participate in interactive, practical lessons designed to advance their personal and professional development.

Note: Upon successful completion of five successive levels and a conversation class, students will be eligible for a Seneca College Certificate in Japanese Language Skills. Students assessed beyond beginner level must complete a minimum of 2 Japanese courses at Seneca in order to qualify. Students may not use Japanese as a course credit towards a diploma or certificate if Japanese is her/his first language. Seneca College reserves the right to remove students from courses if the student possesses Japanese language abilities above the level of enrollment.

Placement Assessment

Students with prior knowledge of Japanese must register in LGE001 for a placement assessment. The Program Assistant will contact the students via email to arrange an assessment for accurate placement.

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Curriculum

Certificate Requirements

LGE182
Japanese Language Skills 1
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This introductory course is for students with minimal or no previous knowledge of Japanese. Interactive classroom participation enables students to acquire the basic skills of fluency (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) to communicate in the classroom and in real-life situations. Cultural awareness is expanded by investigating the unique characteristics of Japanese social conventions.




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LGE282
Japanese Language Skills 2
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LGE182 or language assessment

A continuation of LGE182, this course solidifies and builds Japanese language acquisition in the four skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The introduction of more complex structures and interactive classroom activities enables students to communicate effectively at a high beginner's level using Hiragana and Katakana. The unique characteristics of Japanese culture are further explored.




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LGE383
Japanese Language Skills 3
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LGE282 or language assessment

Japanese Language Skills 3 develops and reinforces previously learned Japanese language acquisition through extensive use of role play. Focus is on both oral fluency and the written language in Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Knowledge of Japanese culture is further expanded.




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LGE484
Japanese Language Skills 4
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE383 or language assessment

Japanese Language Skills 4 reinforces previously acquired language skills and introduces more complex structures through interactive activities and role-play. The course focuses on oral fluency and writing for different contexts and purposes using Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Japanese culture and its impact around the world will continue to be explored.




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LGE585
Japanese Language Skills 5
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE484 or language assessment

Participants in Japanese Language Skills 5 continue to develop the four skills through role play based on everyday situations. This course introduces more complex structures while reinforcing previously learned content. Students demonstrate culturally appropriate manners and behaviours and further explore Japanese culture and its impact worldwide.




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LGE681
Themes in Japanese Language
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE585 or permission of the instructor

In this course, students enhance their Japanese conversation skills through weekly discussions on current issues. Emphasis is placed on overall fluency, including vocabulary development, listening skills, and pronunciation.




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Other Courses

LGE686
Japanese Language Skills 6
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE585 or language assessment

Participants in Japanese Language Skills 6 explore various topics of mutual interest and lead or actively participate in spontaneous discussions. Topics include the workplace, the environment and other current events. Advanced vocabulary, grammar structures, and culturally-appropriate behaviour will be applied in order to communicate successfully.




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LGE787
Japanese Language Skills 7
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE686 or language assessment

Japanese Language Skills 7 provides students further opportunities to discuss topics of mutual interest and actively participate in spontaneous conversations. Topics include education, current events, and various personal experiences. Emphasis is also placed on culturally appropriate knowledge of manners and behaviour.




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Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Program Contacts

Jamara Romero
Program Assistant
Jamara.Romero@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22513


Iole Millescamps
Part-time Program Coordinator
Iole.Millescamps@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24109


Sara Potkonjak
Academic Program Manager
Sara.Potkonjak@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22682


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