Japan Societies/Club Activities
·Cambridge University Anglo-Japanese Society
Many Cambridge students would like to study Japanese in conjunction with another subject rather than a pure Japanese course but the Cambridge system does not allow for this. Some courses, such as Japanese politics and society, are cross-listed in the relevant Faculty, but coverage of Japan in the rest of the University is limited. The greatest present need is for funds to allow the teaching of Japanese to scientist and other non-specialists.
Japanese Institutions on College grounds
Nihon University opened a 92-bedroom accommodation block in the grounds of Pembroke College in 1998, to house Pembroke students during the academic year and Nihon University students during vacation programmes. The Kaetsu Educational Foundation has a site at New Hall to which it brings groups of students from Japan and where it holds cultural events.
Since 1999, the Engineering Department has offered accredited Japanese courses at three levels: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced; the number of students taking these courses is approximately 80. Students from the departments of Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical Engineering and Computer Laboratory can also take these courses. The main textbooks used are Shin Nihongo no Kiso I and II and An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese together with other materials including videos and audio tapes. In all levels, there are two contact hours per week plus students are expected to put in another two hours self study per week. The assessment is divided into 15% continuous and the remainder final examination. All four skills are assessed. The number of kanji aimed for at each level is: Beginners 100; Lower Intermediate 300; Upper Intermediate 1,000; and Advanced an accumulated total of 2,000 kanji.