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Foreign Language Instruction

 The Center for Language Education offers language courses in English, Japanese, German and Southeast Asian languages.  Undergraduate students have to choose from among these courses to fulfill foreign language requirements for graduation.  Students in the four-year program are required to complete at least 8 credits and those in the two-year program, 6 credits.  Four-year college students would have to complete at least 4 credits of one language course before opting for another language course (4 credits).  Two-year college students should complete at least 4 credits of one foreign language course before opting for another language course (2 credits).

English Language

Classes are conducted based on four levels of language proficiency. A placement test for freshmen is held at the beginning of each academic year and candidatew will be assigned to the appropriate level.  All students have to meet one of the following criteria before they are eligible for graduation:

(1) General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) intermediate level (First Stage)

(2) TOEFL score of ITP 457 and above, or TOEFL score of IBT 42 and above

(3) TOEIC score of 550 and above

(4) IELTS score of 4 and above

(5) Successful completion of level 3 in General English Courses (including 3-A and 3-B)

Japanese Language

The courses in Japanese Language are aimed at training various levels of proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, the courses provide students with a grasp of knowledge about culture, literature and communicative strategies in the Japanese society. Students are expected to be able to pass level 5 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) after they have completed 6 semester courses of “Elementary Japanese I” and “Elementary Japanese II”, and for those who have completed “Intermediate Japanese I” are expected to be able to pass level 4 of the JLPT.

German Language

 The course objective is to familiarize students with German culture through learning the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and encourage students to take German certification examinations. In addition, supplementary teaching materials, including books, Internet material, and multimedia material are also used to help students stay connected with culture, folklore, and current issues relating to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. The 6 volumes of Schritte international are used to prepare students for German proficiency tests based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), such as Start Deutsch 1 (A1), Start Deutsch 2 (A2), and Zertifikat Deutsch (B1).