Prerequisite Formal application to the FALCON Program is required as well as JAPAN 2260 or placement by the FALCON staff before the beginning of the spring semester (www.lrc.cornell.edu/falcon/apply). Applications and supporting documents should be received by March 1st. After this deadline, applications are considered provided space is available.
Course Objectives This course is the third semester of FALCON's Japanese program Students work on spoken and written Japanese from an intermediate to an advanced level, allowing students to develop fluency, accuracy, and control that are not achieved in other academic settings. The material covered in this course is much more complicated, 'harder' material and of a sort that many foreign learners of Japanese never absorb with much more practice on switching levels from polite to plain to direct style appropriate with friends. There is a great emphasis on eliciting from students complex explanations and narratives as opposed to simple one-sentence answers to a straight-forward question so that by the end of the term the students are usually able to speak in paragraph-length utterances. During the last half of the term, after the students have absorbed all of Japanese basic structure, much more emphasis it placed on APPLICATION of what they have learned and vocabulary acquisition allowing them to deal with natural social interactions and to begin explaining ideas. After texts are finished, the students begin reading authentic publications from Japan aimed at a native Japanese readership learning to discuss the contents of what they have read in Japanese. During this period acquisition of both vocabulary and kanji is extremely rapid, since they are no longer struggling with the structure. This is a full-time 16 credit program that meets Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with 1–3 hours per day of self-directed practice in Cornell's Language Resource Center. The demands of this 16 credit program do not normally permit students to take other courses simultaneously.
Course Audience Admission is open to all qualified students wishing to pursue intensive language study for the full academic year. Students from other institutions and professionals are also encouraged to apply.
JAPAN 1160: Introductory Intensive Japanese This course is the first semester of FALCON's Japanese program and is only offered in the summer. This is a nine-week intensive, 8 credit course beginning from an absolutely introductory level introducing the spoken and written language. Lectures on linguistics and cultural matters, intensive practice with native speakers, and laboratory work prepare students for an intermediate level of study.
JAPAN 2260: Intermediate Intensive Japanese This course is the second semester of FALCON's Japanese program and works on spoken and written Japanese from an intermediate to an advanced level allowing students to develop fluency, accuracy, and control that are not achieved in other academic settings. This is a full-time program with a full 16 credit academic load.
Language Requirement Cornell students may choose to take all or part of FALCON as part of their degree programs. Students from other institutions should consult their advisers to determine if the credits are applicable to their degree program. This course sequence also serves to fulfill the language requirement for the M.A. in Asian Studies and the joint M.B.A./M.A. in Asian Studies.
Please note undergraduate students must pay College of Arts and Sciences tuition rates while graduate students are required to pay profession school tuition rates (http://www.bursar.cornell.edu/Tuition_and_Expenses2.cfm).