Located in Yokohama, one of Japan’s most international cities, the Faculty of Foreign Languages is dedicated to improving students’ practical foreign language skills, while deepening their understanding of the societies and cultures of other countries. The faculty’s mandate is to foster global citizens who have acquired a solid international education and can contribute to the peaceful coexistence of multiple cultures, as standard-bearers of cross-cultural understanding and interaction.
Students in this department acquire a high level of language skills in English, which can be said to be the lingua franca of the world today while deepening their understanding of the cultures of the English-speaking world and indeed the people and societies of the whole globe. The first two years of the program are dedicated to acquiring basic English language skills through linguistic training, followed in the third year by the selection of one of the following three fields to enhance expertise. Students in the field of English Linguistics and Education research the structure and function of English as a language. English language education to train future teachers also comes under this field. Students in the field of Anglophone Literature study language, people, society, and history through analysis of and research into works of literature. Finally, students in the field of Anglophone Culture explore social structure and thought in the English-speaking world through regional studies and research in comparative culture and intercultural communication.
Spanish is an official language of approximately 20 countries around the world, and is a common tongue in much of Central and South America. Students in the department not only learn the Spanish language but also study the cultures, histories, societies, politics, and economies of the Spanish-speaking world. As most of the new students in the course are encountering Spanish for the first time, they start with the basics of grammar in the first year, in attentive, small class-based lessons with conversation taught by native speakers. Subjects for strengthening English ability are also offered so that students can use two languages in their activities on the world stage.
The Department of Chinese is dedicated to enabling students to attain Chinese language skills, and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture, history, and society of China, and nurturing individuals who are active in areas of Sino-Japanese economic and cultural exchange. Tailored to cope with a wide variety of learning needs, the curriculum offers systematic instruction that thoroughly covers the basics before going on to enhance students’ capabilities for expression and reading. Starting in the second year, students can choose the Intensive Chinese Language course or the Specialized Society and Culture course. In each course, students can acquire a high level of Chinese language skills and acquire deep knowledge about China.