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Introduction

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    Introduction

     
     
     
    The Department

    The mission of the Department of Japanese is to offer a variety of flexible courses and programs to meet a variety of social needs, and educate students to be highly qualified citizens with advanced language skills and a global sense.

    The Department of Japanese, originally the Department of Eastern Languages, was established in 1966, and has been offering courses on the Japanese language, economy, politics, and cultural study of Japan. Because of rapid increase of students studying Japanese and Japanese culture and society at Tamkang University, the Department started to offer two freshman classes in 1973. In 1985, the Department of Eastern Languages was renamed the Department of Japanese. With a continuous growth of student number, the Department of Japanese presently accepts about 240 undergraduates every year in three day-time classes (about 180 students) and one nigh-time class (about 60 students). The Department has also been offering the M.A. degree since 2006.

    The Department of Japanese was the first department at Tamkang University to set up one-year study abroad programs with partner universities in Japan. Every year, approximately fifty students participate in the programs and study in Japan for one academic year.

    The Department of Japanese has a number of Japanese textbooks, academic journals, audio and video teaching materials about Japanese and Japanese culture and society. Students and faculty can watch Japanese live TV programs at any time by a new satellite system. Students can also freely use the Internet web-browsing and Japanese word-processing software any time with computers on new Japanese operating system.

     

    Faculty

     

    Professors Emeritus

    Chen, Bo-tao (陳伯陶); Lin, Pi-shoung(林丕雄)

     

    Professors

    Tzeng, Chiou-guey (曾秋桂); Ochiai, Yuji (落合由治)

     

    Associate Professors

    Chang, Chong-ling (張瓊玲);  Huang, Shu-ching (黃淑靜); Liou, Charng-huei (劉長輝); Peng, Chuen-yang (彭春陽); Sun, Yin-hua (孫寅華); Chung, Fang-chen (鍾芳珍);  Chiueh, Pai-hua (闕百華);Ma, Yaw-huei(馬耀輝);Chiang, Wen-shun (江雯薰);Horikoshi  Kazuo(堀越和男);Lin, Chi-wen (林寄雯); Tomita Akira (富田哲);Ku, Jiin-fen (顧錦芬); Lin, Chin-hwa (林青樺);Tien, Shih-min (田世民)

     

    Assistant Professors

     

    Shih, Hsin-Yu (施信余);Wang, Mei-ling (王美玲); Liao, Yu-Ching(廖育卿); Lee, Wen-ju(李文茹);Uchida Yasushi(內田康); Wang,Chia-lin(王嘉臨); Nakamura, kanae(中村香苗);Hsu, Pei-ling(徐佩伶);Wang, Yi-Yun (王憶雲);Wang, Tien-Pao (王天保) ; Kikushima Kazunori (菊島和紀) ;Tsai,Hsin-Yin (蔡欣吟) ; Lai, Yu-Chin(賴鈺菁);Yamashita ,Aya(山下文)

     

     

    Lecturers

     Zhou, yao-yuan(周躍原); Chung, Tze-hsin (鍾慈馨); Kawamura, Hiroyuki (河村裕之)

     

     

    Introduction / History 

     

    1966

    The Department of Oriental Languages, the predecessor of the present Department of Japanese, was established.

    1973

    In order to accommodate the rapidly increasing number of the students, the Department was enlarged and started to offer two freshman classes.

    1985

    The Department was renamed the Department of Japanese.

    1991

    With a continuous growth of student numbers, the Department commenced to accept two day-time classes and two night-time classes, respectively.

    1997

    In conformity with “the policy of the night-time class conversion” by the Ministry of Education, the Department stopped recruiting freshmen for night-time courses. Four freshman classes started to be offered for the day-time courses.

    2001

    The Department set up a new class of the In-Service Education Program for bachelor degrees. The number of classes for the day-time courses was decreased to three.

    2006

    The Department has been offering the M.A. degree program since 2006.

    2007

    The Department has been merged with the Department of Applied Japanese. Besides, the two-year program of In-Service courses was incorporated into the Department of Japanese.

    2008

    The In-Service Education Program for Bachelor degrees was expanded up to two classes.

     

     

    AIMS AND FEATURES 

     

    1.  Aims 

            The aim of the department is to train students with fundamental Japanese linguistic competence, who own international vision to grasp the 21st century, abilities to utilize information, solve problems, and judge independently, as well as creativity.

     

    2. Features

    1) Promotion of international exchange

    1.1 Our university and Reitaku University in Japan concluded a sister school agreement in 1980, and began a student exchange program in 1981. Since 1985, the students of Chinese program at Reitaku university have come to Tamkang to study Chinese. It has been 30 years since our first exchange with Reitaku university. 

     

    1.2 Tamkang University built the Reitaku international dormitory in February 1989, where Reitaku students, foreign students, and the students of our department reside together. The community life of students from various countries embodies our university’s “cradle of internationalization.”

     

    2) The Junior-year study abroad programs

            Using the ministry of education’s permission of studying abroad as an opportunity, our department sent 15 students to Reitaku University for the first time in September 1993. By 1997, 35 students have studies at Reitaku University, Josai University, Josai International University, and Kyoto Tachibana Women’s University (current Kyoto Tachibana University) each year, and Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies has joined the list of our exchange programs since 2005. The number of students who participate in the study abroad programs has steadily increased, and currently the number has reached 55.

     

    3) Other study abroad programs
            Besides the exchange program mentioned above, we have the study abroad programs at Waseda University, Aoyama Gakuin University, Asia University, Tsuda College, Chuo Gakuin University, and Komazawa University.

     

    4) Special lecture courses

            Every year, our department collaborates with corporations and invites domestic and international specialists to give lectures, which provides the students with opportunities to deepen their understandings of Japanese literature, language, culture and socio-economic situations. 

     

    Mission, Vision and Policies

     

    1.     Programs

            The department offers serious and sustained training in Japanese language. Carefully articulated four-year programs of language study are offered and the emphasis is on developing students' proficiency in all four skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Moreover, to meet a variety of social needs, the programs also offers a variety of optional courses on Japanese history, society, literature, linguistics, education, economy, politics, culture and philosophy.  The mission of the Department of Japanese is to offer, and educate students to be highly qualified citizens with advanced language skills and a global sense.

     

    2.     Teaching

            Some courses such as Japanese Grammar, Readings, and Literature are given by lectures; most courses, such as Japanese Conversation, Composition, Translation and Interpretation, Japanese Language Laboratory, Business Application of Japanese, maintain small class sizes. Small classes contribute to better student participation and engagement, increased student achievement, and effective learning. We encourage students to take courses in which field they are interested and use elective time to prepare for study in a professional field to begin work toward graduate study. Students will be equipped with the skills necessary for success in both graduate school and their career paths.

     

    3.     Faculty

            There are thirty two tenured/tenure-track faculty members (2 professors, 13 associate professors, 14 assistant professors and three lecturers) and more than 56 joint faculty members in the department in total.  Each professor has comprehensive knowledge of his or her own field, such as Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature, philosophy, Japanese society and culture, history, Teaching Japanese as a second language, Translating and Interpretation, and some other regional studies like Japanese law and politics, economics, and human society.  These will complement, extend and enhance the students’ learning process and complete their college experiences.

     

    4.     Teaching Internship Program

            The department runs Japanese courses for the teaching internship program which is held by the Center for Teacher Education in Tamkang University.  Students are encouraged to take the teaching internship program and get the teaching license for secondary education. In addition to supervising student teachers in Japanese teaching, the department also offers support for Japanese-as-a-Second Language teaching services to secondary schools in Taipei city and the Hsinchu area. With all the effort the department puts in, the internship opportunities are increasing every year. It helps current students as well as recent graduates to get a head start in their teaching careers in teaching Japanese-as-a-Second Language, and prepares our students for the real world to allow them to fulfil their potential and succeed.

     

    5.     Students

            With the modification of the college admission, students can apply for the Japanese department via multiple ways: (i) Stars Program, (ii) Personal Application, and (iii) Admission by Examination and Placement.  Under these college admission processes, students with special interests and talents in subjects are welcome to apply for undergraduate programs in the Department of Japanese. In addition, there is also a special undergraduate program of Japanese which attracts both general and mature students.  Students in either program in this department are strongly encouraged to participate in any Japan-related activities and events, such as international exchanges, Japan-Taiwan Youth Exchange Program, study abroad programs, Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, and study groups for further Japan studies. The Department of Japanese was the first department at Tamkang University to set up one-year study abroad programs with partner universities in Japan. Every year, approximately fifty students participate in the programs and study in Japan for one academic year. Not only are the courses held inside the classroom, but there are also non-recurring special invited talks that take place for students’ better and deeper understanding of Japan.

     

    6.     Resources

            The department receives voluntary contributions from alumni, faculty, staff, publishers, companies and local organizations each year. The contributions go toward purchasing educational resources, study materials and equipment. The funds also directly support student scholarships as well as allowing them access to a high-quality, affordable education. The department is making effort to boost the number of donors in the future in order to improve the quality of education.   

     

    7.     Educational Cooperation

           The department not only considers long-term plans to promote the growing cooperation with secondary schools in the field of Teaching-Japanese-as-a-Second Language, but will also establish and develop partnerships with other institutions, such as Extension/Continuing Education Centers. The more partnerships there are, the more opportunity and employability for students are available. This will help students in their future teaching or research careers.

     

    8.     Academics

            The Tamkang Japanese Journal is a peer-reviewed, professional publication. The Journal encourages dialogue on Japan-relevant studies, seeks to expand knowledge of Japanese language, literature, education, culture and society. Faculty members are also encouraged to engage in research projects and conference participation besides teaching, so as to combine research with teaching to increase teaching quality and achieve academic success.

     

    9.     Professional Services

            The Department of Japanese offers the following public services: (i) supporting Japanese language classes in Extension Education Centers and Community Colleges during the semester; (ii) providing the latest information and news about Japan; (iii) assisting students in making the move from study to employment by offering workshops, employer events, careers fairs and many other activities; careers advice and support is also available for our alumni.

     

    10   

            Following the ‘Triple Objectives of Education’ including globalization, information-oriented education, and future-oriented education, the Department of Japanese aims to cultivate talents for roles that require outstanding communication skills to improve international relations, and information technology skills to meet the needs of this society as well as the global trends. To achieve these, not only Japanese language courses, but learn how to collect data and information is also emphasized in class. In addition, inspiring invited talks about all perspectives of any issue are often scheduled.

     

     

    FACULTY MEMBERS

            In order to meet the research requirement based on the school’s research project plans and to raise the teaching quality, domestic and international experts are hired and offer courses at Tamkang University. 

     

    Table. The number of full-time and part-time faculty members in the academic year of 102

    Full-/Part-time

    Title

    Number

    Total

    Full-time faculty

    Professor

    2

     

     

    Associate professor

    15

     

     

    Assistant professor

    14

    34

     

    Lecturer

    3

     

    Part-time faculty

    Professor emeritus

    2

     

     

    Associate professor

    2

    54

     

    Assistant professor

    2

     

     

    Lecturer

    48

     

     

    Total

     

    88

     

    Facilities

    Classroom for Conversation / Oral Interpretation Practice (T407, T408 in Chingsheng Building)

     

    The Department has two special rooms for conversation practice as well as oral interpretation training, which are equipped with multimedia facilities;

    Special Language-learning zone: it has a TV set with DVD recorder/player functions, which receives satellite broadcast programs;

     

    The Department office also provides some equipment for educational use such as a projector, two laptop computers, a TV set, a receiver/player of satellite broadcast programs, a VHS player, a DVD recorder/player, and 5 CD recorder/players.

     

    Study Room for Graduate Students (FL Room 322)

    The Department has a study room for the use of graduate students.

     

    Special Japanese-learning Zone (FL Room 105)

    Every faculty member stays at the “Special Japanese-learning Zone” for at least one hour per week in order to assist the students in their studies as well as to supervise the fourth year students in writing their graduation thesis.

     

    Classroom for Japanese Culture

    The Department has a special classroom for studying Japanese cultures, which is offered to the students for the following activities or instruction:

    (1)   “the tea-ceremony”;

    (2)   “the traditional Japanese dance”;

    (3)   assistance to students for their study;

    (4)   the study of the Japanese society, culture, and so on (with the provision of multi-media facilities such as a TV set, a projector, etc.).

     

    The Basement of Foreign Languages and Literatures Building:

    The basement of Foreign Languages and Literatures Building is an open space for the students, which is used for the following purposes:

    (1)   extracurricular activities (i.e. the practice of the traditional Japanese dance “Awa-odori” and other classical Japanese dances);

    (2)   “Karaoke Competition”;

    (3)   “Japanese Speech Contest”;

    (4)   inter-language and inter-cultural interactions between local students of the Department and Japanese students studying at TKU;

    (5)   study room for strengthening the Japanese ability of students.

     

    Classroom designed for oral interpretation training (Room T508 of Chingsheng Building):

    This is a special classroom of the College of Foreign Languages and Literatures, which is designed for the training of oral interpretation including simultaneous interpretation.

     

    A Collection of Books

    ●The Department established “Komata Library”, which is composed of more than three thousand books. Most of the books were contributed from the personal library of retired Professor Yusuke Komata, and the “Komata Library” possesses books donated from other teachers as well.

    ●In 2008, the Department received 2,210 books from retired teachers Professor Kao Chin-Song and Mr. Cheng Ching-Hsing. In addition, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Taipei has been donating to the Department approximately NT$ 40,000 every year that has been used for the purchase of books and research materials, which are kept at the Department office for the use of both teachers and students.

    ●Please click here to download detailed information on the collection of books mentioned above.

     

    CAREER AFTER GRADUATION

     

    Table. Career and higher education

     

    Categories

                         Types of study/work

    Higher education

    Continue studying in Taiwan (graduate schools)

     

    Studying abroad (graduate schools)

    Teachers & Literary professions

    Teachers (elementary schools, junior and senior high schools, universities, cram schools)

     

    Translator, Interpreter

    Business

    Finance and insurance business

     

    Trading and retail industries

     

    IT business

    Public service

    Schools and governmental organizations

    Leisure industry

    Travel and food service industries

     

    Airline companies

    Others

    Socio-cultural service industries

     

    Car industries

     

    Construction industries

     

    Mass media

     

    Transportation industries

     

    Medical-care industries

     

    Working oversea

     

    THE NUMBER OF CLASSES

     

    The number of classes in the Department of Japanese for the academic year of 100

    Course type/classes

     

     

     

     

          

    Total

    Daytime classes

     1st year A

    2nd year A

    3rd year A

    4th year A

     

     

     1st year B

    2nd year B

    3rd year B

    4th year B

     

     

     1st year C

    2nd year C

    3rd year C

    4th year C

     

    Subtotal

     

     

     

     

    12 classes

    Evening classes

    1st year

    2nd year

    3rd year

    4th year

     

    Subtotal

     

     

     

     

    4 classes

    Master’s program

    1st year

    2nd year

    3rd year

    4th year

     

    Subtotal

     

     

     

     

    4 classes

    Professional Master’s Program

    1st year

    2nd year

    3rd year

    4th year

     

    Subtotal

     

     

     

     

    4 classes

    Short-term Professional Master’s Program

    3rd year

    4th year

     

     

     

    Subtotal

     

     

     

     

    2 classes

    Total

     

     

     

     

    26 classes

     

     

    One-year Study Abroad with Partner Universities in Japan – 2006-2014 academic years:

     

    school

     

     

    year

    Reitaku University

    Josai University

    Josai International University

    Kyoto Tachibana University

     

    Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies

    Heisei International University

    Doshisha University

     

    Total

    2006

    30

    5

    5

    10

    5

     

     

    55

    2007

    30

    5

    5

    13

    5

    10

     

    68

    2008

    39

    5

    5

    13

    5

    10

     

    68

    2009

    30

    5

    5

    15

    5

    10

    5

    75

    2010

    30

    5

    5

    15

    5

    10

    15

    85

    2011

    22

    0

    1

    9

    5

    7

    15

    48

    2012

    32

    0

    1

    12

    0

    0

    10

    44

    2013

    10

    0

    4

    15

    0

    6

    15

    50

    2014

    21

    0

    2

    15

    0

    0

    13

    51

     

     

     

    CURRICULUM

    The Japanese department provides the curriculum to meet various needs of the students. The curriculum of the undergraduate course, the evening undergraduate course, the 2-year professional master course, and the master course are as follows:

     

    ·     The graduation requirement of the undergraduate course is 124 credits, which includes the university’s compulsory subjects, the Japanese department’s compulsory subjects, the departmental elective subjects, and other departments’ elective subjects. Please refer to the table of each year’s credit requirement for further details.

    ·     The graduation requirement of the evening undergraduate course is 124 credits, which includes the university’s compulsory subjects, the Japanese department’s compulsory subjects, the Japanese department’s elective subjects, and other departments’ elective subjects. Please refer the table of each year’s credit requirement for further details.

    ·     The graduation requirement of the 2-year professional master course is 76 credits, which includes 11 credits of the university’s compulsory subjects, 36 of the Japanese department’s compulsory subjects, 23 of the Japanese department’s elective subjects, and 6 of other departments’ elective subjects.  

    ·     The graduation requirement of the master course is 34 credits (excluding 4 credits of mater thesis). The program does not have any required subjects, but offers 50 credits of courses. With the department’s permission, students are allowed to take 6 credits of other departments’ subjects that are related to their research topics.

     
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