Use of Technology for Language Learning
Japanese Studies at MIT has three levels (elementary, intermediate, and advance) and the curriculum of each level aims to develop four language skills (i.e., speaking, listening, reading, and writing). We specifically focus on the development of so-called “communicative skills” of Japanese. We have online interactive exercises that can enhance communicative skills, and we use technology proactively to help students.
Learning Language and Culture Side-by-Side
Language is a tool to interact and communicate with people, and language learning needs to take place together with the culture of the target language. The Japanese program at MIT offers a wide variety of cultural courses (e.g., Anime, Popular Culture, Politics, History, etc.), and students can enjoy learning various aspects of the Japanese culture while learning the language.
Student-centered Language Curriculum
Our teaching staff continuously adapts innovative pedagogical methods and encourages students to become active language learners. We are flexible in curriculum design to meet students’ individual needs and accomplish student-centered learning.
Students who did not take Japanese at MIT previously must take a placement test. For details, contact the Japanese language coordinator before the semester starts.
The indication of prerequisites for specific Japanese offerings does not apply to students who have already completed equivalent work. For further placement advice, consult one of the field advisors in Japanese.