The Faculty of Foreign Languages is in Yokohama, one of Japan’s most international cities. Dedicated to improving students’ practical foreign language skills, it also places emphasis on deepening their understanding of the societies and cultures of other countries. The faculty’s mandate is to foster standard bearers of mutual understanding and interaction across cultures who have acquired a solid international education and can, as global citizens, contribute to the peaceful coexistence of multiple cultures.
Students in this department acquire a high level of English language skill while deepening their understanding of the cultures of English-speaking peoples. The first two years of the program are dedicated to acquiring basic language skills through linguistic training, followed in the third year by the selection of one of the following three fields for advanced study. The fields of English Linguistics and English Education concentrate on the structure and function of English as a language, as well as on the training of future English language teachers; the field of Anglophone Literature focuses on gaining an understanding of language, people, society, and history through the analysis and study of literature in English; and the field of Anglophone Culture emphasizes analysis of the systems and philosophies of English-speaking societies through regional studies, cultural comparisons, and research into transcultural communication.
Spanish is the official language of approximately 20 countries around the world, and is a common language used in Central and South America. Students in the department not only learn the Spanish language but also study the cultures, histories, social situations, politics and economies of the Spanish-speaking regions. As most of the students encounter Spanish for the first time when they enter the course, the first year is dedicated to learning the basic grammar, along with aural/oral communication skills taught by native speakers. The number of students for one class is small enough to keep each student paid close attention to. It is also essential to master English skill so that students can communicate in the two languages, which are spoken throughout the world.
The Department of Chinese is dedicated to teaching Chinese language skills; deepening knowledge and understanding of the language, culture, history and society of China; and nurturing individuals who actively pursue Sino-Japanese economic and cultural exchange activities. Premised on students who are studying Chinese for the first time, the curriculum offers systematic instruction that thoroughly covers the basics before going on to enhance students’abilities to express themselves and read. Starting in the second year, students can choose the Intensive Chinese Language course or Specialized Society and Culture course. In each course, students can acquire a higher level of Chinese language ability and undertake research on Chinese society and its culture.
Students in this department learn about diverse aspects of Japanese culture and society, as well as the culture and society of various other regions of the world. To foster the "international exchange competency" that will allow students both to promote understanding of Japanese culture abroad and to interact meaningfully with non-Japanese people, courses have been arranged into three groups: Research in Japanese Culture, Research in International Culture and Comparative Culture, and English and Regional Languages. By registering for a balanced mixture of classes from these course groups, students acquire the ability to contribute to peaceful coexistence with people who have different cultural backgrounds from their own.