The University offers Japanese language courses as part of the Institution Wide Language Programme (IWLP). It was established to provide foreign language tuition for all members of the University (both staff and students) in all disciplines who wish to improve their language skills for academic or other purposes. Within the current University modular system courses are available as credit and non-credit modules, and undergraduate and postgraduate students from every year of study can take this module, subject to timetabling etc. Each IWLP module weighs 20 credits (1/6 of the total number of credits to be taken each year). The Japanese language is taught at beginners' levels (Level 1 to Level 3) and each course has 4 contact hours weekly in the Autumn and Spring Terms, and a week of revision classes in the Summer Term. The main aim of the programme is to develop the ability to communicate effectively in the target language, with particular emphasis on practical language skills. Therefore class work involves active use of the language. Assessment is by continuous assessment of written and listening comprehension tests during the Autum and Spring Terms and an oral examination at the end of the Spring Term, followed by the final written examination during the April/May examination period. For more information, visit the IWLP web site: http://www.reading.ac.uk/iwlp/intro.htm.
Study Period Abroad
The University has two exchange partner universities in Japan, Jochi (Sophia) University and Hosei University. Students on the Institution Wide Language Programme can study in Japan, subject to the approval of their home Department. Any interested student should contact Dr Akiko Furukawa ( email@example.com ) or the International and Study Abroad Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Postgraduate students can take the Institution-Wide Language Programme (see above). Japan-related subjects may be studied in subject areas such as Film, Theatre & Television and Applied Linguistics.