Language Communication Courses at SFC

SFC enthusiastically promotes foreign language education. Students can take basic courses, or acquire strong linguistic skills through intensive courses which hold classes in small groups four times a week*. Skill courses are organized under different themes and there are also many opportunities available to study abroad. Overall, the aim of intensive language study at SFC is to master foreign language skills that can be useful in fieldwork activities and classroom presentations, reading literary documents, writing research papers and debating and negotiating in these languages.

Languages available at SFC (see below for further information)

*Courses available differ according to language studied.

Malay-Indonesian

Courses

Malay-Indonesian is spoken by around 260 million people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, and East Timor.
Curriculum (2014 example)
Intensive:
Intensive 1 > Intensive 2 > Advanced (Skill class)/Intensive 3
Standard:
Basic 1* > Basic 2 > Intensive 1 > Further study following the intensive route

Study abroad for language learners

Opportunities are available to study abroad on short courses in Indonesia.


French

Courses

Courses offered for French learners at SFC are Intensive 1-4, and Basic 1+2, as well as Skill-a course focusing on content delivered in French intended for students who want to gain a high level of practical French skill.
There are many opportunities for French learners who are interested in studying abroad including short courses which can be completed during semester breaks, and semester or year-long study abroad programs. A typical pattern of study for someone intending to study abroad in France might look something like

Study abroad for language learners

1st year: Spring Semester-Intensive 1, Fall Semester-Intensive 2.
Participate in a one month in country language course over the spring break.
2nd year: Spring Semester-Intensive 3, Fall Semester-Intensive 4.
3rd year: Spring Semester-Skill courses, Fall Semester-Study abroad.

French Teachers – http://french.sfc.keio.ac.jp/home/teachers/ (Japanese)


Arabic

Courses

Basic courses are not offered in Arabic. Over 4 classes per week, the Intensive 1 course aims to help you increase your vocabulary and express yourself in Arabic. Intensive 2 and 3 are also offered, using authentic texts in use by elementary students in countries where Arabic is spoken. After completing Intensive 3, the pathway leads to Skill courses.

Study abroad for language learners

Opportunities are offered to study Arabic intensively in Amman, Jordan.


Chinese

Courses

Basic, Intensive and Skill courses are offered for Chinese learners at Keio SFC.
Intensive courses are the ideal option for those who want to deal with China in their careers. In particular Intensive 3 and 4 courses are designed to enable students to access a level of Chinese necessary to carry out research. Skill courses target a certain area of study eg. Reading Comprehension, Conversation or courses targeting Chinese language proficiency tests. At SFC there are also non language courses that are held in Chinese.


Korean

Courses

Korean learners can choose a basic or intensive path for their study at Keio SFC. After studying intensive 1 + 2, students can then move onto skill courses, or do an intensive course in country. Basic students have the option of continuing to Intensive 2, after completing Basic 1 + 2.

Study abroad for language learners

Intensive courses are offered for students of Keio SFC at Seoul University, in both the Spring and Summer breaks.


Spanish

Courses

Basic 1+2, Intensive 1-4, and Skill A+ B courses are available for students of Spanish at SFC.

Study abroad for language learners

Language programs in Spain and Argentina, Keio study abroad programs for one or two semesters, and


Japanese

Courses

Students move through courses in three levels, Elementary, Intermediate, and Superior/Advanced. You will be assigned a level before you commence study, based on your previous Japanese experience. It is possible to start from zero and reach a very accomplished level over 4 years. Each level covers a variety of courses. Elementary courses are Basic Japanese and Basic Applied Japanese. Intermediate courses are Intensive Japanese and Superior/Advanced courses cover skills.

All GIGA students are nominated as GIGA certificate candidates on enrollment. Attaining a Japanese level equivalent to N2 of the JLPT is one of the requirements for attaining the GIGA certificate on graduation.

Study abroad for language learners

Studying Japanese while living in country is the most efficient and effective way to master the language.


Russian

Courses

Basic 1 and Basic 2 courses are available for Russian learners at Keio SFC

Study abroad for language learners

Keio University study abroad program has options for study abroad in Russia


Italian

Courses

Basic 1 and Basic 2 courses are available for Italian learners at Keio SFC

Study abroad for language learners

Keio University study abroad program has options for study abroad in Italy


German

Courses

Basic and Intensive courses are available for learners of German at SFC. Intensive learners will be able to complete all the intensive courses and then participate in skill courses, such as reading comprehension, discussion, and language proficiency test preparation courses.

Study abroad for language learners

The German Language department offers a course for preparation for study abroad programs in Germany, as well as support for you to select your university and plan your study abroad experience by yourself. We recommend that you study abroad after completing Intensive III