Japanese at IVC
The Japanese Department offers three levels of classes: Beginning Japanese (JA1 and JA2), Intermediate Japanese (JA3 and JA4), and Intermediate Conversational Japanese (JA10). In addition to language courses, we offer two cultural classes: "Introduction to Japanese Culture" (JA21) and "Japanese Anime and Manga" (JA23), which are conducted in English and explore various cultural aspects of Japan. These courses are offered online during the regular semester and have been very popular; students are encouraged to sign up early.
Students who seek to major in Japanese and receive an AA degree can complete all required courses at Irvine Valley College in two years by taking JA1 through JA4 and JA21 (the culture class).
Our instructors teach Japanese communicatively, providing a fun and interactive learning experience. Our language classes are conducted in Japanese, and students learn the Japanese reading and writing system in the first few weeks of the beginner’s course. Our emphasis is on speaking and understanding Japanese spoken by native speakers.
We encourage students to use their developing Japanese to practice speaking with native speakers; a student need not be grammatically perfect to communicate in Japanese. To enhance and widen the opportunity to speak to and hear native Japanese speakers, our instructors enlist Japanese students to participate and assist in classroom activities. We also incorporate 'chat sessions' with native speakers either before or after class.
Since understanding culture is an important factor of language learning, students in IVC Japanese classes will also learn different cultural aspects that enhance linguistic awareness.