Overview

Following the formation of Keio University’s Department of Japanese Language Education in 1958, a course for training Japanese language educators was established in 1972. In 2007, it was restructured to form the postgraduate Japanese Language Education Program within the Department of Japanese Literature. Our main objective is to qualify professionals in the fields of the Japanese language and Japanese language education and equip them with specialized expertise. Our curriculum and research rest on the two main pillars of acquiring solid theoretical base knowledge of phonetics, phonology, grammar, vocabulary, graphemics, and orthography and putting this theoretical knowledge into practice. Another axiom of this program is to enable non-native speakers of Japanese to make active use of their language skills in order to adapt to Japanese social customs and meaningfully participate in cultural exchange. Moreover, because our academic faculty largely belong to the Keio University Center for Japanese Studies, postgraduate students are regularly provided with opportunities to acquire practical teaching experience in the form of teaching assistantships and otherwise.

Faculty

Name/Position

Department/Specialty/Research Interest/Publication

  • KIMURA, Yoshiyuki
    Professor

    Japanese Language Education
    Japanese Language

    I mainly research the history of vocabulary, spelling, and how kango (漢語) is used in the modern Japanese language (from the late-Edo and Meiji eras through today). Analysis of dictionaries (Japanese, bilingual, and other specialty dictionaries) in each era is a big topic as well. At the same time, I also consider the history of discourse structure based on the colloquial data of each era.

    Publication
    • 『図解日本語』(三省堂、2006)
    • 『図解日本の語彙』(三省堂、2011)
    • 『品詞別学校文法講座 1~8』(明治書院、2014~2016)
    • 『わかりやすい日本語』(くろしお出版、2016)
    • 『図説近代日本の辞書』(おうふう、2017)
  • MURATA, Minori
    Professor

    Japanese Language Education
    Japanese Language Education, Stylometry

    The aim of my research is identifying the genre of a text through a multivariate analysis of the use of conjunctive words, particle-phrases, and compound verbs, among others, that appear at the surface level of expression in a text. Those might be considered as providing important clues for understanding the structure of the text. Several results revealed that conjunctive words, as well as particle-phrases, are an important indicator in distinguishing different genres of text. In addition, another main objective of my research is the analysis of Sino-Japanese, especially of those words consisting of four morphemes. Those studies are expected to contribute to the improvement of teaching methods for Japanese for academic purposes.

    Publication
    • 『ここからはじまる日本語教育』第2章、第6章(ひつじ書房、1998)
    • 「文章のジャンル判別に寄与する指標の研究:専門日本語教育への応用」(『コーパスとテキストマイニング』共立出版、2012)
    • BCCWJを用いた複合動詞使用頻度調査表の改訂‐22後項動詞を指標として‐『日本語と日本語教育』44(2016)
    • 二字漢語「自己」を構成要素とする四字漢語の使用頻度調査‐BCCWJを用いて‐『日本語と日本語教育』45(2017)
    • 国語教科書の中の「女ことば」‐小学1年生用教科書(上巻)を資料として‐『日本語と日本語教育』46(2018)