Curriculum

Curriculum Design

The Graduate School of Intercultural Communication offers four fields of study: Language Communication, Interpreting and Translation Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Global Communication. We designed our curriculum to cultivate people who can help build a new type of intercultural communication studies through their combination of various approaches in their interdisciplinary research in these fields of study. We also offer a TESOL-J Program in which students can intensively learn the knowledge and skills they need to work in English language education in Japan.

Master’s Program Courses/Credits

Compulsory Courses

Course TitleCredits
Master’s Thesis Seminar A, B 2 credits each
Master’s Thesis Supervision A, B 2 credits each
Masterʼs Capstone Project 4 credits

Core Elective Courses

Course TitleCredits
Introduction to Language Education Research 2 credits
Introduction to Language and Communication Research 2 credits
Introduction to Translation and Interpreting Research 2 credits
Introduction to Communication Studies 2 credits
Introduction to Intercultural Communication Research 2 credits
Introduction to Global Cultural Studies 2 credits
Introduction to Sustainability Communication 2 credits
Research Methods A, B 2 credits each
Japanese Education System and English Language Education in Japan ※ 2 credits
Teaching English Speaking/Listening to Japanese Students ※ 2 credits
Teaching English Reading/Writing to Japanese Students ※ 2 credits

Specialized Elective Courses in Language Communication Research

Course TitleCredits
Seminar in Language Communication Research A, B, C 2 credits each
Theories of Language Communication 2 credits
Seminar in Language Education Research A, B, C 2 credits each
Theories of Language Education A, B 2 credits each
Japanese Culture: From Observation to Assimilation ※ 2 credits
Teaching EFL to Japanese School Children ※ 2 credits
Pedagogical English Grammar to Japanese Students ※ 2 credits
Teaching English Vocabulary to Japanese Students: Learning, Teaching and Use ※ 2 credits
Psychology of the Language Learner ※ 2 credits
Content and Language Integrated Learning ※ 2 credits
Curriculum and Syllabus Design ※ 2 credits
Teaching Practicum ※ 2 credits

Specialized Elective Courses in Interpreting and Translation Communication Research

Course TitleCredits
Seminar in Translation and Interpreting Studies A, B, C 2 credits each
Theories of Translation and Interpreting 2 credits
Theories of Interpreting and Translation Education 2 credits
Technologies for Translators and Interpreters 2 credits
Introduction to Conference Interpreting 2 credits
Conference Interpreting 1, 2 2 credits each
Practical Interpreting 2 credits
Principles and Methods in Translation 2 credits
Translation Seminar 1, 2 2 credits each
Practical Translation 2 credits

Specialized Elective Courses in Intercultural Communication Research

Course TitleCredits
Seminar in Intercultural Communication Research A, B, C 2 credits each
Intercultural Communication Theory 2 credits
Seminar in Communication Studies A, B, C 2 credits each
Communication Theory 2 credits

Specialized Elective Courses in Global Communication Research

Course TitleCredits
Topics in Anthropology 2 credits
Seminar in Anthropology A, B 2 credits each
Topics in Global Cultural Studies A, B 2 credits each
Topics in Cultural Studies 2 credits
Seminar in Cultural Studies A〜F 2 credits each
Seminar in International Cooperation A, B 2 credits
Topics in International Cooporation 2 credits

※ Courses in TESOL-J Program (Language: English)

Credits Required for Completion

Master’s Program Coursescredits
Compulsory Courses 6 credits
Core Elective Courses 6 credits
Specialized Elective Courses 14 credits
Free Elective Courses At least 4 credits
Total At least 30 credits

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TESOL-J Graduate School Program

TESOL-J GRADUATE SCHOOL PROGRAM

The TESOL-J Graduate School Program leads to a Master’s in Intercultural Communication. It blends the study of TESOL with a concentration on the Japanese English language education context. It introduces the cultural factors that influence Japanese English language learners to shed light on how best to support their language learning efforts while also addressing the topic of cultural differences in general to foster an intercultural understanding that will lead to a symbiotic classroom environment. This unique program provides TESOL courses, teaching experience, and study of the Japanese language and culture.

TESOL-J PROGRAM COMPONENTS

The TESOL-J Program has three components: a one-year program, a two-year program, and a student exchange program. Students who have completed a Master’s in TESOL (or a related field) can graduate in one year and teach part-time on campus at the same time. Students with a Bachelor’s can complete the TSEOL-J Program in two years. Graduate students at CIC partner universities that include a graduate school student option can come for up to one year.

TEACHING PRACTICUM

Come to the CIC TESOL-J Graduate School Program and do a Practicum at a local elementary or junior high school! For more information contact us at: cic-tesolj@rikkyo.ac.jp