Department of Language Studies

  • Hachioji Campus

Understanding the cultural background behind the language

The Department of Language Studies offers courses in a variety of languages as well as broad-ranging social and cultural studies covering all corners of the globe. By studying the cultures and social structures of countries and/or regions relevant to their language, students gain valuable academic insights into the language itself. A comprehensive study of cross-cultural differences fosters genuine international understanding and a broader outlook. In this way, the Department equips students with global communication skills for professional purposes.

Curriculum

Augmenting language skills with cultural observations to foster international harmony

The curriculum encompasses the full gamut of language study from core grammar and vocabulary through to practical language skills in modern usage, where language provides a window to understanding peoples and cultures. Communication skills that transcend language and culture are the hallmark of the successful global citizen.

English Course/Courses available in the U.K

Year 1 Year 1 is spent developing core language proficiency and exploring cultural aspects of the relevant country/area and surrounding region.
Year 2 Year 2 progresses to more in-depth subjects, allowing students to pursue particular areas of interest or professional aspirations at a more advanced level. Year 2 also marks the beginning of the "pre-seminar."
Year 3 Year 3 introduces the student-led seminar, where students are responsible for the planning and execution of the event, as well as presentations delivered in English that provide an opportunity to consolidate language skills and cultivate good self-expression.
Year 4 Year 4 sees students consolidate their communication skills at an advanced level through a research project culminating in a graduation thesis, production or seminar.

German Course

Year 1 Year 1 provides a basic introduction to the German language. Students are offered a choice of seven additional elective languages to complement German.
Year 2 Year 2 introduces in-depth study of the German language. Students have the opportunity to study in Germany during the holiday season.
Year 3 Year 3 features the joint seminar, where students continue to develop structures and methods to pass on to students in lower levels, as well as a stronger emphasis on written works.
Year 4 In Year 4, students nominate a particular area of interest for further study, to be presented as a graduation thesis, production or seminar.

French Course

Year 1 The most important component of Year 1 studies is French grammar in Basic French I through IV. This is complemented by an exploration of aspects of French culture such as art and fashion.
Year 2 Year 2 moves from basic grammatical structures to more everyday expressions in French. The pre-seminar begins in Year 2.
Year 3 Year 3 introduces the student-led seminar, where students are responsible for the planning and execution of the event, along with a topic-specific research project. Several of the instructors are French, while many others have lived in France extensively, so they are able to bring many interesting experiences and insights to French classes.
Year 4 Students choose either a graduation thesis, production or seminar as the culmination of four years of systematic study in the French language.

Spanish Course

Year 1 Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world today after English. Year 1 is spent on basic language skills along with an overview of the cultural diversity in the Spanish-speaking world.
Year 2 Year 2 is spent on the pre-seminar as well as study of specific topics. Students use the vast resources of the MELIC library to pursue more in-depth study.
Year 3 The joint seminar in Year 3 gives students an opportunity to extend their presentation and debating skills and provides a structure for pursuing language development in an autonomous fashion.
Year 4 Students take on an advanced research project in Spanish in the form of a graduation thesis, production or seminar as the culmination of four years of study.

Chinese Course

Year 1 Year 1 includes a number of compulsory subjects with an emphasis on basic language exercises. Students are also offered a choice of seven additional elective languages to complement Chinese.
Year 2 Year 2 focuses on extending basic language skills into applications, thinking and expression in Chinese, while Chinese Grammar I and II further extend grammar competency.
Year 3 Year 3 features the seminar that builds on the pre-seminar work in Year 2. The seminar, run by the students themselves, provides a highly focused environment for language study and also improves communication skills.
Year 4 In Year 4, students explore topics from the previous three years and complete an intensive program of language exercises. Students choose either a graduation thesis, production or seminar for their final year submission.

Korean Course

Year 1 Year 1 consists of compulsory basic language subjects. Native Korean instructors provide a taste of real-life Korean as it is spoken on the streets.
Year 2 In Year 2, the level of language complexity steadily increases. Students also explore cultural issues in the East Asia region.
Year 3 Year 3 features the student-led seminar component. Students use a variety of expressions in Korean to push their language skills to the next level.
Year 4 In Year 4, students consolidate their communication skills in the Korean language and take on an advanced research project in the form of a graduation thesis, production or seminar for the final year submission.

Featured class

Modern Pop Culture
Akira Mimura

Exploring the English language through music and film

Modern Pop Culture investigates the English language through the prism of popular culture such as music and film rather than grammar and vocabulary. "Music and film provide excellent opportunities to explore the culture of another country," says Mimura. "I hope that this subject will encourage students to develop a genuine affection for the English language through popular culture." Students will look at major historical and cultural influences in the world prior to the arrival of the Beatles and study the development of pop music through the 20th century. Through an investigation into films that draw upon motifs from the children's classic "Alice in Wonderland," students will learn how filmmakers are often inspired by literary works. Students will also examine the media of film and the many worlds portrayed therein. In this way, Modern Pop Culture seeks to encourage an appreciation of the English language through the familiar medium of pop culture.

Teaching staff

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