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"The FALCON Program prepared me to be an interpreter in Japan for 3 years which prepared me for a management career in luxury goods working with brand names including Coach, Movado, Fendi, Celine, and Ivanka Trump. The best bonus was meeting my wife and marrying into the beautiful Japanese culture."- Douglas Kaplan 1994

Over the past thirty years, FALCON has created a curriculum that develops students' ability to engage in culturally appropriate verbal interaction and the ability to read with accuracy. Students work on all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The full-year program in Japanese consists of an introductory level in the summer, intermediate level in the fall, and advanced level in the spring. Students need not enroll in the entire full-year program to participate in FALCON.

Some students enroll in the summer course to get an intensive introduction to the language, then go to Japan. Others continue in regular, non-intensive courses at Cornell or their home institutions.
The full-year program offers students the opportunity to acquire sufficient language skills for the Japanese workplace, further academic study, or other pursuits.  Most importantly, students develop the ability to hone these skills on their own!

Students who can demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the language can join the program during non-introductory levels (fall or spring).
Since introductory programs differ widely in content and methodology, completing an introductory course elsewhere does not necessarily enable students to qualify for the Fall program. Students without the necessary background are normally required to begin their study of Japanese at Cornell in the summer.

Introductory Summer Level:  Japanese 1160 (8 credits)

Intermediate Level in the Fall: 
Japanese 2260 (16 credits)

Advanced Level in the Spring: 
Japanese 3360 (16 credits)