In eight weeks, the PII program covers the curricular equivalent of one academic year of Japanese language study at Princeton University. It is a high-quality intensive program taught by qualified instructors with vast experience. In the summer of 2013, the program will be team-taught by faculty members from American universities and several Japanese teachers from Kanazawa. Students meet for three hours each morning, five days a week. In addition to regular textbooks, PII instructors use authentic materials (excerpts from books, newspapers, journals, etc.) to develop the four basic language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in the cultural context of use. The program admits a total of approximately 50 students per summer who take either second- and third-year Japanese. To ensure effective interaction between instructor and student, class size is kept to 8-10 students.
2nd-year Japanese (JPN105/JPN107)
*Nakama Vol.2 (Heinle Cengage Learning), Ch.4-11
*Tobira (Kuroshio Publisher), Ch.4-8
3rd-year Japanese (JPN301/JPN302)
*Tobira (Kuroshio Publisher), Ch.9-13
*Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Tokuma-shoten)
*Authentic Japanese: Progressing from Intermediate to Advanced (The Japan Times),
Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will be placed into the course level indicated on your application. Participants are required to take a placement test in May. Your placement will depend upon your test results.
In order to preserve the ideal language-learning environment for every student in the program, all students are required to sign a pledge stating that they will use only Japanese when inside the Rifare building and during extra-curricular activities.