Online Japanese Courses and Classes Review

Online Japanese courses for students looking to learn to read, write, or speak Japanese are offered through distance learning or professional development programs at numerous colleges and universities.

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Online Courses in Japanese

The course overviews below detail the curriculum of some typically offered online Japanese courses.

  • Introductory Japanese Course: Students with no experience reading, writing or speaking Japanese typically begin with an elementary learning course. Beginning Japanese courses introduce students to Japanese letters, characters and basic sentence structures. Students learn how to properly form sentences using various tenses, verbs, nouns and adjectives. This course also teaches the basic cultural aspects of Japanese conversation and communication.
  • Intermediate Japanese Course: Designed for students with existing knowledge of Japanese, this course typically introduces students to additional Japanese characters and complex sentence structures. Students learn how to comprehend abstract expressions and converse face-to-face with other Japanese-speaking individuals.
  • Advanced Japanese Course: Advanced Japanese courses typically teach students how to read and write advanced characters, expressions and sentences. Advanced courses focus on the conversational and practical aspects of Japanese, allowing students to use their skills in real-life settings.
  • Japanese Translation Course: Japanese translation courses generally introduce students to the methods and theories of translation. Using literary analysis techniques, students learn how to effectively translate Japanese and non-Japanese texts.
  • Japanese Literature Course: This advanced course generally allows students to analyze Japanese literature, cinema and other media in order to learn more about the language's common use and intricacies. The course also focuses on advanced social expressions in Japanese culture.
  • Japanese Culture: This course examines Japan in a historical and cultural context. By the end of the course, students should be able to take away a basic knowledge of daily life in Japan.
  • Linguistic Theory and Japanese: Students explore the grammar of Japanese from a linguistic perspective in this course. Comparative linguistics is used to understand Japanese and how it fits into universal linguistic theories.
  • Kana: This course allows students to focus on developing their skills with both hiragana and katakana, the alphabets used to write Japanese. Students learn exactly when to use which alphabet and proper brush strokes, among other things.

Program Information

Online Japanese courses teach students how to read, write and speak Japanese. These courses may lead to an undergraduate certificate in Japanese or may be available to undergraduate students enrolled in non-Japanese degree programs with foreign language requirements. Non-credit courses may also be offered through free online programs sponsored by colleges and universities. In some cases, voice software that allows students to record or listen to Japanese expressions may be required. Certain programs may require the completion of on-campus exams or assignments.

Japanese coursework and fluency could lead to a job as a tutor or interpreter, especially for bachelor's degree holders. Interpreters may work with manufacturing, automotive and computer technology companies.

Those wishing to learn Japanese have a multitude of resources online. Students can choose to take traditional university courses for credit or to find other programs for the simple goal of learning the language.

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