This intensive program provides beginners a solid introduction to Japanese. Students who complete the course successfully will complete the equivalent of the 1st-Year curriculum at Indiana University and will reach a proficiency of Intermediate Low or better. They will be able to communicate in day-to-day situations in Japanese, will be able to read and write effectively on familiar topics, and will have a solid foundation for further study or travel. The program introduces Japanese culture through work with authentic materials and media, as well as Japanese activities and structured interactions with Japanese speakers.
The program is open to all, including
- IU and non-IU students
- graduate and undergraduate students
- high-school students over age 16
HOUSING AND MEALS
Housing in Willkie Center is included in your Workshop fee. You will stay in an air-conditioned single room, sharing a lounge with other students of your language.
Summer dining options are limited. We recommend that you cook in the Willkie Hall kitchen or eat in local eateries.
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Ryan Lidster is a PhD candidate in Second Language Studies at Indiana University, specializing in the assessment of second language listening and speaking skills. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, he has taught English and Japanese in the United States and Japan for more than 10 years, in study abroad contexts, intensive language programs, community-based lifelong learning programs, and at the university level. His research focuses on how we make decisions about language learners, particularly with respect to the acquisition of foreign sound systems. On a personal level, his love for the Tōhoku region of Japan comes from his years spent teaching in Akita, but he has also taught in Kansai and Kantō, and he loves spreading knowledge of the tremendous diversity of Japan's food, music, and of course, linguistic traditions.