EBA LANGUAGE COURSE 2016: Elementary Japanese Conversation

EBA Consortium is now calling for participants in EBA online Language Course 2016- Elementary Japanese Conversation.
*Application is closed on 23 May 2016, 23:59:59 (JST).
*Those who have never studied Japanese before should read here as well.

Course Summary:

This course is mainly targeted to international students who plan to participate in EBA fieldwork activities held in several cities in Japan.
The purpose of the course is to provide students with Japanese basic vocabularies and expressions in several situations.
Students can also learn some basic phrase patterns which can be employed in a brief presentation.

At the end of this course, students will become able to:
1) communicate with local Japanese people with simple Japanese.
2) use simple Japanese phrase patterns when they make a final presentation after the fieldwork.

2 June 2016 – 21 July 2016, 18:15-19:45 JST (UTC + 9) every Monday and Thursday.
*Except 18 July 2016 due to the National Holidays of Japan.

Kuniko Matsumoto (EBA Project Research Associate, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University)

Credit: 1

Students should have a basic knowledge of Japanese letters, “Hiragana” and “Katakana” (“Kanji” is not necessary).

Students Screening:
A number of students in the class is scheduled about 20.
Pre-registration screening will be done by submitted entry sheet and the result of the screening will be informed by 25 May 2016.

How to register:
Application is closed on 23 May 2016, 23:59:59 (JST).

Students must be from one of the EBA partner universities and his/her command of Japanese is at introductory or beginner level.

Special equipment of software to prepare:
Polycom, PC when students need to join the class via V-Cube.

Course Syllabus: 

#Lesson 1 (2 June): Orientation/Introductions
-Introducing yourself to others by using basic phrases
-Exchanging greetings
-Frequently used expressions in a classroom

#Lesson 2 (6 June): At the airport (1)
-Asking someone the location of a certain facility

#Lesson 3 (9 June): At the airport (2)
-Asking someone where to get/borrow a certain thing
-Asking someone how to use a certain machine/device

#Lesson 4 (13 June): At the station (1)
-Asking someone how to get your destination

#Lesson 5  (16 June): At the station (2)
-Getting familiar with announcements at the station

#Lesson 6 (20 June): At a convenience store 
-Getting fast food at a convenience store

#Lesson 7 (23 June): In case of emergency
-Asking for help in an emergency case

#Lesson 8 (27 June)~Lesson 12 (11 July): Make a presentation
-Essential expressions in the introduction part, main body part, conclusion part and Q&A session
-Expressions for using numbers
-Essential expressions for explaining graphs, charts and tables

#Lesson 13 (14 July): Presentations by students

#Lesson 14 (21 July): Feedback
-Feedback from the lecturer


  • Materials: Handout distributed by lecturer before each lesson.
  • Assignments, Examination and Grade Evaluation: Pass (P) or Fail (F)
    • You must attend at least 10 out of 14 lessons.
    • Each lesson will be recorded and its video will be posted onto Edmodo, a free LMS online.
      If you are absent from class, you should watch the video of the lesson you missed and submit the assignment by the designated day. You won’t be marked absent if you submit the assignment after watching the video.
      *Only the students who are allowed to take this course will be informed how to access Edmodo later.
    • You must submit the assignment by the designated deadlines. Late submission may affect your evaluation.

*** PREPARATION COURSE for students who have never studied Japanese before ***

Those who have never studied Japanese before are highly recommended to attend a preparation course before taking EBA LANGUAGE COURSE. If you want to take this course, please tick into a box of “preparation course” on the entry sheet.
This course will be held as a following schedule.

#Preparation 1 (26 May):
-Introducing Japanese letters (Hiragana/Katakana)

#Preparation 2 (30 May):
-Introducing Japanese basic grammar (Sentence structure, Japanese particles etc.)

For further information about this,  email us at info[at]eba-consortium.asia or contact your local EBA representative (see list here).