Overview

Learn to speak, write, and read fluently in Japanese. Our Japanese courses focus on a range of areas pertaining to verbal and written fluency -- including an understanding of Hiragana and Katakana -- making it ideal for those who wish to build their proficiency in Japanese and refine their conversational skills. Students will also explore Japanese culture and have the opportunity to partake in interactive, practical lessons designed to help advance their personal and professional development.

Students with a prior knowledge of Japanese are required to take a placement test.

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.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

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


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Curriculum

Certificate Requirements

LGE182
Japanese Language Skills 1
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This introductory course for students with minimal or no knowledge of Japanese will develop the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of contemporary Japanese within a cultural framework. A communicative approach and active participation in classroom activities will enable students to acquire a basic foundation of the language for real-life situations. Japanese culture and demonstration of culturally-appropriate manners and behaviour will be reinforced.




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LGE282
Japanese Language Skills 2
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE182 or language assessment

Japanese Language Skills 2 continues the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing contemporary Japanese within a cultural framework. The use of integrated, thematic units and active classroom participation will reinforce previously acquired skills and introduce new structures. By the end of this course, students will demonstrate a refined ability to listen to, speak, read, and write Hiragana and Katakana at a high beginner's level of fluency and an increased awareness and understanding of Japanese culture.




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LGE383
Japanese Language Skills 3
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE282 or language assessment

Japanese Language Skills 3 continues the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on everyday situations. Extensive use of role play will encourage students to use individual self-expression in creating dialogues within given situations, and to demonstrate culturally-appropriate manners and behaviours. Students are required to have reading and writing skills of Hiragana and Katakana and up to 50 Kanji characters.




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LGE484
Japanese Language Skills 4
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE383 or language assessment

Japanese Language Skills 4 continues the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on everyday situations. Extensive use of role play will encourage students to use individual self-expression in creating dialogues within given situations, and to demonstrate culturally-appropriate manners and behaviours. Students are required to have reading and writing skills of Hiragana, Katakana, and some Kanji (Chinese characters). 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

Japanese Language Skills 5 continues the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on everyday situations. Extensive use of role play will encourage students to use individual self-expression in creating dialogues within given situations, and to demonstrate culturally-appropriate manners and behaviours. Students are required to have reading and writing skills of Hiragana and Katakana, and some Kanji (Chinese characters). Japanese culture and its impact worldwide will be explored.




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LGE681
Themes in Japanese Language
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE585 or permission of the instructor

This workshop is for students wishing to practice and/or maintain their Japanese-speaking ability. Students will discuss different topics each week in order to practice their oral skills and improve their vocabulary and overall fluidity.




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Other Courses

LGE686
Japanese Language Skills 6
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE585 or language assessment

Japanese Language Skills 6 continues the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on everyday situations. Extensive use of role play will encourage students to use individual self-expression in creating dialogues within given situations, and to demonstrate culturally-appropriate manners and behaviours. Students are required to have reading and writing skills of Hiragana and Katakana. Students are required to refine reading and writing skills of Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji (Chinese characters). Japanese culture and its impact worldwide will be explored.




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LGE787
Japanese Language Skills 7
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE686 or language assessment

Japanese Language Skills 7 continues the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with emphasis on everyday situations. Extensive use of role play will encourage students to use individual self-expression in creating dialogues within given situations, and to demonstrate culturally-appropriate manners and behaviours. Further exploration of Japanese culture and discussions on current issues will solidify communication skills. Students are required to have reading and writing skills of Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji (Chinese characters).




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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

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below it.





Jamara Romero
Program Assistant

416-491-5050 ext.22513


Iole Millescamps
Part-time Program Coordinator

416-491-5050 ext.24109


Sara Potkonjak
Academic Program Manager

416-491-5050 ext.22682


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.