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Graduate Certificate Program(s)Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
The Soka University of America Graduate School Certificate Program in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language provides future teachers with a curriculum that balances a theoretical foundation with the practical tools necessary to successfully teach Japanese to non-native speakers. The program cultivates an understanding of language within the context of Japanese culture thus enabling the student to develop a broad-based knowledge of the Japanese language as well as an appreciation for the cultural sensitivities of Japanese-speaking people.
The program offers a well-balanced curriculum, small class size and the academic excellence for which Soka is noted.
- STREAMLINED Minimum of 15 credit hours to complete
- MANAGEABLE Weekend classes; One course per semester
- AFFORDABLE $900 per course
- CONVENIENT State-of-the-art classrooms on the
beautiful SUA campus in Aliso Viejo
TJL 510: Japanese linguistics - Fall 2009
TJL 511: Teaching Japanese as a foreign language (I) - Spring 2010
TJL 515: Japanese pedagogical grammar - Fall 2010
TJL 512: Analysis and teaching of Japanese culture - Spring 2011
TJL 514: Teaching Japanese as a foreign language (II) - Fall 2011
All courses are taught in English
Classes will be held on Saturday mornings.
Bachelor's degree (major closely related to language education and/or Japanese preferred) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
For non-native speakers of English - TOEFL 600 (PBT) or 100 (iBT); or a degree from a US university or college; or California teaching credentials
For non-native speakers of Japanese - Japanese proficiency equivalent of third-year Japanese or higher; and/or Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level 2 or higher
Teaching experience preferred but not required
The Soka University of America TJFL certificate is not to be confused with state certification for teaching in California public elementary or secondary schools.
The program is subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment requirements are not met.
Holders of a Master of Arts degree in Second and Foreign Language Education with a concentration in TESOL from Soka University of America may use this certificate program to apply for adouble concentration to add to your degree.