1970 Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan B.A. in English
1975 International Christian University, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan M.A. in Education
1979 University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M.A. in Linguistics
JPAN481/482- 680 – Advanced Japanese Proficiency I & II: This course is for students with advanced backgrounds in Japanese, who are interested in taking the Level 2 Japanese Proficiency Test. Solid grammar, an extensive vocabulary, and the knowledge of at least 800-900 Chinese characters is required. Also, at least one semester of study abroad experience is highly desirable. This course is not continuous with any existing 300-level Japanese course; therefore, your grade from a 300-level course doesn’t qualify you to take this course. Eligibility will be determined through an interview and placement test taken in the first meeting. All students who take this course are required to take the Japanese Proficiency Test in December. Since the JLPT is administered in December every year, if you wish to fully prepare for the test, the instructor strongly recommends that you take JPAN482 first in the spring of the same year. For example, if you plan to take the test in December, 2010, start taking 482 in the spring, 2010 and take 481 in the fall, 2010. Different from other courses, this full-year course begins in the spring and ends in the fall, because the test is given in December. However, participation in 482 is optional.