The Japanese Program at Linfield College offers studies in Japanese language and culture culminating in minors in Japanese and Asian Studies and a major in Japanese. An integral part of the Japanese Program here at Linfield is Study Abroad. Majors are required to study in Japan for an academic year, and minors for one semester. Students are encouraged to study at one of Linfield's exchange partner institutions, which include some of the most highly respected private universities in Japan. Please see the list of Partner Institutions.
At Linfield, language study extends beyond the classroom. Students in the Japanese program are encouraged to use Japanese outside of the classroom in a variety of ways, including the Conversation Partners program, in which students in Japanese classes meet weekly with a Japanese exchange student for language exchange, the Japanese Language Table, the Linfield Taiko Japanese drum ensemble, and via internships for language majors and minors. Japanese majors and minors are also encouraged to request a Japanese roommate.
Japanese classes integrate oral/aural skills along with written skills and, as with other foreign languages offered at Linfield, are assessed by a variety of assessment tools, including ones that are based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and on the universally recognized JLPT exam. In the Japanese section we employ a team-teaching approach, which allows us to effectively provide students with the Japanese language skills and familiarity with Japanese culture and society that will enable them to pursue graduate studies or careers involving Japanese. The two Japanese language instructors are assisted by a trained Japanese language assistant who comes to Linfield via the ALLEX program and assists for a period of two academic years.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Japanese Studies at Linfield College is encouraged to contact Christopher Keaveney.