Waseda University is both comprehensive and unique. Taking advantage of these traits, and in combination with our systematic curriculum and university-wide educational and student life environments, we have developed a range of exchanges involving learning, culture, languages and values. Our ultimate intent is the cultivation of human resources who can contribute to global society under their own initiative.
GSJAL seeks to provide language education for students learning to communicate in Japanese while retaining a diverse linguistic and cultural background in an increasingly multilingual and multicultural society, and to nurture human resources who can contribute to building a society in which further such language education is fully realized.
In the Master’s program, students systematically and practically receive Japanese language education through hands-on research in educational settings both inside and outside of Japan. They also acquire a deep understanding of how Japanese language education studies overlap in the three realms of “Japanese”, “learning and education” and “society”, specifically referring to such aspects as the characteristics and linguistic activities of the Japanese language, communication processes, language acquisition and language learning, and language education as a facet of society. This is intended to nurture practically proficient specialists endowed with a high degree of expertise in Japanese language education.
In the Doctoral program, emphasis is placed on nurturing practical researchers who, in addition to possessing a high level of expertise and practical capabilities in Japanese language education, also possess the research capacity to further develop Japanese language education as a whole.
The education curriculum at GSJAL, comprised of the three key elements described below, is designed to endow each student the ability to autonomously form and renew their own standpoint in the world of Japanese language education; a world in which diverse viewpoints regarding language, ability and education co-exist.
First, in theory of teaching Japanese, students conduct theoretical demonstrations and research based on the latest research findings while adopting a comprehensive viewpoint in grasping language, language education, linguistic culture, communication processes, teaching methods, language acquisition, learning environments, language education policy and the other issues that surround modern Japanese language education.
Second, in practical study on teaching Japanese, a Japanese educator development program is undertaken, in collaboration with the Japanese language education program of the Center for Japanese Language, and various activities that connect practical education with society are conducted in cooperation with a number of external education agencies. Such activities are designed to nurture the frontline ability of Japanese educators through guidance that is closely linked to places where actual Japanese language education takes place.
Third, in research seminar of teaching Japanese, students examine ways of personalizing the above theoretical and practical approaches and methods, while considering such issues as the kinds of environments required to achieve such personalization and what educators may do to facilitate it, working primarily on their master’s theses and from both theoretical and practical aspects.
In the Doctoral Program, an instructional structure exists whereby students can compile theses while working in locations all over the world.
With its unique education and research ideals based on the concept of “academic independence,” Waseda University welcomes a large number of students from both within Japan and around the world, all with strong foundations in academic ability, intellectual curiosity, and the enterprising willingness to study that comprises the core of the school’s philosophy.
In an age of growing demand for and increasing diversification in Japanese language education both inside and outside of Japan, Japanese language education currently stands at a major turning point. The field is faced with a need for Japanese language specialists who can respond to these changes, and who are endowed with advanced knowledge and practical abilities. In response to these societal needs, GSJAL actively accepts students who have an avid interest in Japanese language education, including current and past Japanese educators and persons with diverse social experiences. In the Master’s program, in addition to the general entrance examinations conducted in Japan, we have a diverse admissions policy that includes overseas entrance examinations that can be sat without traveling to Japan, internal selection entrance examinations, and an overseas designated school system. In the Doctoral program, too, we offer both general entrance examinations conducted in Japan and overseas entrance examinations that do not require travel to Japan. At GSJAL, in both the Master’s and Doctoral programs, we select entrants every semester from a wide range of backgrounds, including current Japanese educators and regular members of society from countries and regions around the world, and provide them with specialist training in Japanese language education.