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Language CourseEquivalenciesKCP INTERNATIONALJapanese Language SchoolKCP International USA P.O. Box 28028, Bellingham, WA 98228-0028, USAThis guide for university study abroad students, advisors, and staff is intended to help you determine which of your courses is equivalentto each of the levels (1–8) of the KCP Intensive Japanese Language course.Total immersionKCP International teaches Japanese in the Direct Method—learning entirely in Japanese without a vehicular language such as English,at every level. Given the intense focus; many class hours (200); and suggested study time (3 to 6 hrs/day), one semester of a KCP Japaneselanguage course is roughly equivalent to one year of U.S. university instruction. The pace is rigorous.Besides the intensive classroom time, Japanese is spoken on campus. Staff will switch to English if the student doesn’t understand, butthey guide you to interact totally in Japanese. In Tokyo daily life, you speak Japanese for almost all of your waking hours. As-neededpractice and extracurricular clubs create an atmosphere of all Japanese, all the time. Once you commit to this, your progress in languageskill is truly immense.PlacementOn arrival at KCP, students take a placement exam to determine their appropriate class level. Of course, students are individuals: it isentirely possible that two students from the same U.S. university who’ve taken the same courses may end up in different KCP class levels.We defer to university staff on how to represent this in academic credit and course equivalencies.Recommended EquivalenciesWe recommend these equivalencies:KCP Course LevelJLPT Score*ACTFL-OPI*Home University Course LevelJapanese Level 1N5Novice–Intermediate Low1st or 2nd year JapaneseJapanese Level 2N4Intermediate Mid2nd or 3rd year JapaneseJapanese Level 3N3Intermediate High3rd or 4th year JapaneseJapanese Level 4N3-N2Advanced Low4th or 5th year JapaneseJapanese Level 5N2Advanced Mid5th or 6th year JapaneseJapanese Level 6N2-N1Advanced High6th or 7th year JapaneseJapanese Level 7N1Superior7th or 8th year JapaneseJapanese Level 8N1Superior8th or 9th year Japanese*Average test scores after completion of each level. Results vary by student.1

Japanese Level 1Japanese Level 2Introduces basic Japanese grammar and sentence structures.Establishes the foundation for more advanced Japanese. Introduceshiragana, katakana, and about 150 kanji.Introduces a more difficult level of basic Japanese grammar andsentence structures. Begin to communicate in daily life situations. Develop more complex communication skills and communicatein daily life situations. Learn basic Japanese writing systems and write shortparagraphs using kanji learned in class. Begin to read and comprehend short stories. Become accustomed to Japanese sounds, accents, andintonations through listening drills, classroom exercises,and audio and video tapes. Carry on short conversations through repeated practiceand role-playing. Write short paragraphs and letters using kanji learned in class. Through pronunciation correction, begin to speak Japanesewith more certainty. Learn to recognize your own mistakes.Level 1(作文)Level �。Level ��ん友達も作りました。Level ています。

Japanese Level 3Japanese Level 4Introduces more complex, advanced Japanese grammar and sentence structures.Introduces less common advanced Japanese grammar and sentence structures. Special emphasis on appropriate Keigo (politeJapanese). Develop advanced conversation skills as your Japaneseproficiency grows. Begin reading newspapers and academic textbooks. Be able to read general articles and essays. Write well-developed essays. Practice speaking in a variety of social situations. Converse and create short sentences. Express your ideas and opinions in Japanese and analyzetapes, current news, and academic essays. Read and listen to Japanese essays describing severaldifferent aspects of modern Japan. Special emphasis includes writing short essays and journalsand delivering effective speeches in Japanese. Experience steady improvement in your conversation abilitythrough class discussions and speeches. Use frequent pair work and role playing. You are drilled on sentence structures, and you get plenty ofpractice in extended conversations and short speeches.Level 3(作文)Level ��謝している人だ。Level 4 �だろう。3

Japanese Level 5Japanese Level 6Introduces more sophisticated Japanese.For advanced students who want to acquire fluent communicationabilities and recognize / use appropriate Japanese depending onsocial situations. After completing this level, and outside test preparation, many students are able to pass level one (most difficult) ofthe Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken,attaining a command of Japanese sufficient to gain admission to aJapanese college or university as a regular full-time student. Express ideas successfully through your speeches and essays. Interpret and logically express what you read in dailyJapanese newspapers. Write content-oriented compositions and practiceconversations through pair work and role playing. Japanese used in class is increasingly more advancedand difficult. Classroom activities are supplemented with newspaperreadings, television, textbook readings, and discussion ofcurrent issues in Japan. Your Japanese language proficiency is enhanced throughspeeches, discussions, debates, role playing, task listening,and mock interviews.Level �ではない。4Level がたで見ることができるかな。

Japanese Level 7Japanese Level 8Level ことではないか。5

Japanese Language School 1 This guide for university study abroad students, advisors, and staff is intended to help you determine which of your courses is equivalent to each of the levels (1–8) of the KCP Intensive Japanese Language course. Total immersion KCP International teaches Japanese in the Direct Method —learning entirely in Japanese without a vehicular language such as English, at .

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