The Japanese program at
Huron has a new coordinator, Dr. Michiya Kawai, who will begin teaching
this fall. Prof. Kawai received his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University
of Connecticut and has taught at both University of Connecticut and Connecticut
College, where he also served as chair of the Japanese Department. He is
replacing Prof. Martin Holman, who is leaving Huron College to become director
of the International Center at Berea College in Kentucky, where he will
also be teaching Japanese language, literature, and theatre. Prof. Holman
may be reached by e-mail at the following address:
In the 1999-2000 academic year three Huron students and one Western student are scheduled to study at the two universities in Japan with which Huron College has exchange agreements, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (Kyoto Gaidai) and Kansai Gaidai University. They are Adam Goodwin and Matt Lai, who will be studying at Kyoto Gaidai, and Jenn Kennedy and John Macaulay, who will be studying at Kansai Gaidai. Good luck and gambatte ne!
An Overview of Japanese Studies at Huron College
The International and Comparative Studies Program at Huron College offers a full four-year course of study in the Japanese language in one of the largest Japanese language programs in Canada. From beginning through advanced levels, Japanese language courses at Huron College teach all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Japanese language courses and other Japanese studies courses at Huron College equip students with the linguistic and cultural knowledge of Japan that they will require in such careers as business, law, academics, and others. As a component of the International and Comparative Studies Program at Huron, the study of Japan is enmeshed with studies in other areas that prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the international arena.
Students at Huron College have the opportunity to study in Japan through an exchange agreement with Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. Located in Hirakata City, between the business and industrial centre of Osaka and the ancient capital city of Kyoto, Kansai Gaidai University offers instruction in Japanese language, as well as a full range of courses on Japanese topics taught in English such as history, business, economics, art, literature, religion, theatre, and political science. The program at Kansai Gaidai also provides many opportunities for students outside the classroom: living with a Japanese host family, field trips to cultural and historical sites, study of traditional arts, and visits to Japanese businesses, and others. Credit and grades for courses taken at Kansai Gaidai may be counted toward graduation requirement at Huron.
Huron College has also recently signed an exchange agreement with Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (Kyoto Gaidai), which is located in the city of Kyoto. More information on the Kyoto Gaidai exchange will be posted soon. Exchange programs are also being developed with other universities in Japan to provide a greater range of opportunities for students of Japanese at Huron College.
Also, there is ample opportunity for students at Huron to interact with Japanese students from Kansai Gaidai who are studying at Huron and other Japanese students in London, both informally and through the activities of the Canadian Japanese Student Association (an organization for students interested in Japan), the Japanese Speaking Club, and the InterCultural Club at Huron.
Courses offered at Huron College:
(Some course titles are linked to more detailed information.)
Japanese and East Asian Culture
Courses offered at the University
of Western Ontario and Affiliated Colleges:
are open to Huron College students)
Dr. Michiya Kawai, Coordinator
Dr. Michiya Kawai
International and Comparative Studies
1349 Western Road
London, Ontario N6G 1H3
Telephone: (519) 438-7224 ext 330 Fax: (519) 438-3938
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