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Aiming at an even higher level of language communication by fostering individuals with a wealth of cross-cultural experience and general knowledge
  Recently many Japanese companies have been conducting business in the Americas, Europe, Asia and various other parts of the globe. Under these circumstances, there is increasing demand for human resources who have international perspectives and communication skills. To analyze ever-changing international situations and communicate their ideas in English, students must possess extensive general knowledge and a high level of linguistic ability. The Faculty of International Communication comprises two departments: the Department of English Studies and the Department of Global Liberal Arts,* each of which provides distinctive education centered on English. The Department of English Studies has introduced a course system, in which students can choose their course from the following three options from the second year on: Language Studies, Business, and Education. The department offers a curriculum that enables students to select a course to study toward the realization of their future aspirations from an early stage. The small, interactive classes taught by native speakers help students attain a high level of English proficiency. The Department of Global Liberal Arts* is designed to deepen students’ specialist knowledge according to their interests and the future career path they wish to follow, in either the Area of Regional Fieldwork or the Area of Specialized Theoretical Research. The two departments are commonly characterized by the provision of practical learning opportunities. Specifically, these departments offer study abroad programs, the duration of which students can choose from among long-term, medium-term and short-term. Students may take part in an excellent two-week fieldwork program in one of six countries, spanning Asia, Europe and North America. Furthermore, the faulty has developed an environment that provides opportunities to proactively deepen cross-cultural communication while remaining in Japan. For example, students can participate in lectures and regional multicultural events held with the cooperation of the JICA Chubu International Center, interact with other cultures by working as volunteers at international conferences, and enjoy exchange programs with international students in the global lounge, which has been newly set up on the campus. While respecting diverse values, students can acquire the capabilities to express their ideas and disseminate Japanese culture in the global arena.
  *Renamed from the “Department of Comparative Culture” to the “Department of Global Liberal Arts” in April 2018.

 

Department of English Studies

Raising students’ command of the international lingua franca, English, for a career on the global stage
  The Department of English aims to equip students with a well-rounded and balanced command of the English language. Through a phased approach, the department develops students’ abilities in reading, listening, writing and speaking. Students use their English to further their understanding of the cultures, societies and thought of English-speaking countries, thereby developing the skills that allow them to communicate on a par with people from around the world. Small classes taught by native speakers (each class averages about 15 students), a variety of exchange programs, and opportunities for international fieldwork help students attain such a standard. Graduates have gone on to work in a variety of areas, including the international arm of major Japanese companies, airlines, travel agencies, hotels, the civil service and schools across the Tokai region, while others have pursued further study at graduate schools both in Japan and abroad.

 

Curriculum Features

Education in multiple languages
  In addition to English, students pick one other language to learn from 6 options including Chinese, French, and German..

An extensive range of foreign language classes taught by native speakers
 
Approximately half of the department’s roster of language teachers are native speakers. Interaction with native speakers helps students to attain a functional fluency in English and their other foreign language of choice.

Small classes of around 15 give students ample opportunities to practice
 
Learning a foreign language requires lots of listening and speaking practice. By ensuring that class sizes are kept to a minimum, each student has the opportunity to practice.

Opportunities to carry out fieldwork in the United Kingdom and beyond
  Interested first to third year students may take part in a two-week fieldwork program in either the United Kingdom or the United States. By engaging in communication with locals, students learn about the country’s contemporary and traditional culture, tourism, society and economy.


 
Three Course Models

 The Department of English Studies has introduced course system since 2016. With the introduction of course system we have changed the curriculum and started to offer new subjects. Students can choose their course from the following three courses from the second year on.

Language Studies: For students who want to develop their English communication skills
 
After developing a good command of English and a deep insight into the cultures of English-speaking countries, students learn the skills needed to communicate with people from other parts of the globe.

Choice of subjects: English Linguistics, History of English, Mass Media English, English Grammar, English Language and Culture

Business : For students who want to pursue a career in the airline industry or international business
 
For students who want to work for an airline, travel agency, hotel, or the international arm of a Japanese company, a high level of linguistic competence and understanding of international society is essential. This model helps students achieve this.

Choice of subjects: Business Communication, Business English, Business in Asia, Tourism and Airline Industries, Business Presentation Skills, Interpretation Skills between Japanese and English, Translation Skills between Japanese and English

Education:For students who want to work as an English teacher
 
Students who select this course model learn about the fundamental principles behind foreign language teaching. Elevating students from learners to teachers, this model imparts not only knowledge relating to the English language, but also about how to study and teach a language. Students who choose this model aim to achieve a teaching qualification by the end of their studies.

Choice of subjects: Second Language Acquisition, English Teaching Methods, English Literature, American Literature, American History, British History, English Phonetics

 

Common features of study offered by all three course models

   In their first and second years, all students must study one other language in addition to English. Students may choose from German, French, Chinese, Korean, Russian or Thai, and, should they wish, may also continue their study of this second language in their third and fourth years. We also recommend that students actively engage in the opportunities we offer them to go abroad on a short-term, or long-term study program.

 

Department of Global Liberal Arts*

*Renamed from the “Department of Comparative Culture” to the “Department of Global Liberal Arts” in April 2018.

Through the comparative research of varied cultures, students come closer to understanding the essence of what it means to be human

   A country’s culture is the sum-total of what people have felt, thought and devised in their everyday lives over an extended period of time. Cultures evolve with time. By understanding the process of evolution, which takes a country from ‘traditional’ to ‘modern’, one can begin to understand the norms of a given culture. This understanding is undeniably useful in furthering an individual’s ability to communicate within international society as well. Furthermore, engaging in cross-cultural comparison, particularly with that of Japan, helps students to reevaluate the cultural milieu and norms of the society in which they grew up.

 

Curriculum Features

Seven languages from both Asia and the West on offer for students to choose from
 
 Classes in English, German, French, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Thai are on offer to all students. Beginning with the basics, students study their chosen language in a stepwise way, right through until proficiency.

90% of English classes are taught by native speakers
 
 Twenty different subjects in the English language are available to students; native speakers teach 90% of them. Native speakers also teach the compulsory Seminar course, which runs from the autumn term of the first year right through until the spring term of the third year.

Opportunities for fieldwork in China,Korea,Thailand,the United States,Germany,The United Kingdom
 
 Students have the opportunity to take part in a two-week fieldwork program in one of six countries, spanning Asia, Europe and North America. By observing and interacting with locals, students unravel the essence of their chosen country’s culture.

 

Two Areas of Specialist Study

 Area 1: Specialized Theoretical Research

Global Studies
 
 Students who choose this research field will come to understand the fundamentals of business logic. Furthermore, students will be equipped with the skills to constantly position oneself within a global context, regardless of what area of business they go on to work in.

Cultural Studies
 
 
This course aims to give students the skills they need to work in an international environment. The course helps develop in students the broad outlook they need to understand a variety of different cultures, and equips them with the communication skills they need to engage with the world.

International Tourism Studies (Intercultural Understanding)
 
 This course is ideal for students who are looking to work in international tourism. Students develop the skills to promote intercultural exchange and friendship, and apply this knowledge to promote regional regeneration.

 

Area 2: Regional Fieldwork, Three Course Models

American studies
 
 
We aim to give students the skills they need to work in an international environment.  Students who select this area of research will expand their understanding of the Americas and have the opportunity to take advantage of their international communication skills.

Japan and Asian Studies
 
 
This course aims to imbue students with a distinctly international perspective. While the course primarily focuses on broadening students’ understanding of the languages and cultures of Japan and Asia, students are also given the chance to supplement this knowledge by learning about the Western world.

European Studies
   
A fundamental understanding of Europe is a prerequisite for grasping the world we live in today. Students who choose this course develop such an understanding. The course aims to impart students with the skills and knowledge that will allow them to contribute to international exchange with countries within the European Area and further afield.

 


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