Applications closedBusiness Japanese and the Communicative Approach
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Everyone who aspires to speak good Business Japanese should be able to understand the mechanism of such communication. Since the rise of the so-called "communicative approach" around 1980 a special attention is being paid to communicative situations. What does a "situation" means, when it comes to business Japanese? The lecturer will share some secrets that will help you improve your business Japanese, using the communicative approach as a main reference point.  

Yusuke TANAKA/ Aoyama Gakuin University (Associate Professor)

"Graduated from the Japanese Language and Culture
Course at the University of Tsukuba. Completed the
doctoral program at Waseda University Graduate School
and holds a Ph.D in Japanese Language Education. After
working as a JSPS Research Fellowship for Young
Scientists, a lecturer at Fudan University in China, an
assistant at Waseda University, a lecturer and an
associate professor at Toyo University, his current
position is Associate Professor of Aoyama Gakuin
University. His research topics include teaching Japanese
to foreign students and non-native minors, analysis of
Japanese teaching materials, language policy, history of
Japanese language education, Business Japanese,
introducing Japanese culture abroad, etc. Doctor Tanaka
is the winner of numerous awards, including the 32nd
Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, the Prize for 2018 if the
Society for Teaching Japanese as a Second Language,
Waseda University Teaching Award (President’s Award)
in 2017, the University of Tokyo Good Practice for
Teaching Online President’s Award in 2020, and the 1st
SDGs Iwasa Prize for 2022, etc."

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Course outline

Lecture nameBusiness Japanese and the Communicative Approach
Date and timeAugust 30, 2022 (Tuesday) , 01:00 PM (JST) 〜 August 30, 2022 (Tuesday) , 02:30 PM (JST)
Lecturer Yusuke TANAKA
Aoyama Gakuin University (Associate Professor)
TargetInternational students or employees who have passed JLPT N2 or above.
* Non-Toyo University students can also take this course.
* Participation from abroad is highly welcomed.
Capacity1,000 participants per lecture (first-come-first-served basis)
Application periodAugust 02, 2022 (Tuesday) , 12:00 AM (JST) ~ August 29, 2022 (Monday) , 11:59 PM (JST)
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