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Japanese: Summer Intensive Elementary Japanese

Program(s): Sli Precollege, Sli Undergrad

*Taught Online*  This 8-week summer intensive course is the equivalent of three quarters of Elementary Japanese (10100-10300) in the regular academic year (30 weeks). Students will develop four skills—speaking writing, listening and reading. Students are expected to spend four to six hours outside of class every day for review and for preparation for the following day.

The course is intense so knowledge of 漢字 (kanji) is very helpful to finish this course successfully.

Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course


Course Considerations

This course provides 140 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for summer Japanese.

All students participating in Summer JAPN 10123 will participate in a four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course. Students will receive a University of Chicago certification based on the results of the proficiency assessment. 

Please do the following as preparation before starting this course. 1) Access the Japanese site on Canvas and take a look at the syllabus and files under Module. 2) Order the textbook Communicating in Japanese. Please see instructions on Canvas for how to purchase online. 3) Memorize how to read and write Hiragana and Katakana, using the textbook.

Course Overview

Start Date

June 10

End Date

August 02

Current Grade / Education Level

11th Grade
12th Grade
Undergrad / Grad


Pre-College Summer Language Institute
Summer Language Institute (Undergrad)

Class Details

Course Code

JAPN 10123 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)


12:30 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

8 weeks

Primary Instructor

Tomoko Kern

Secondary Instructor

Takeaki Okamoto, Miku Fukasaku

Academic Interest