The Shizuoka Career Development Program for International Students aims to improve the practical Japanese ability of all enrolled students by placing Japanese language instruction as one of the major pillars of the program. This arises from the belief that, in finding employment and working in Japan, communication in Japanese is indispensable and that the desire to understand Japanese society and culture through Japanese language learning is in demand.
At the same time, students need to develop their communication skills, basic work skills, and their ability to adjust to a foreign culture, so the program aims to cultivate all these skills, along with Japanese language ability, through interaction and experience outside the classroom.
Pass N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
The program encourages students to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) starting early in their Japanese studies to get an objective assessment of their Japanese ability. Students aim to pass N1 of the JLPT while they are enrolled. Based on the advice from their instructors, students will formulate their study plan so that they can self-direct their studies. They will also incorporate taking the JLPT into their study plans to gradually level up their skills.
Practical Japanese Language Abilities Needed in Business Scenarios
The program encourages students to participate in various activities hosted by its partner organizations. These activities give students the ability to appropriately communicate depending on relationships and situations, as well as the skills needed to gather and analyze data, give presentations, and hold discussions. Company visits and networking events provide opportunities to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom, to understand corporate culture, thereby further motivating students in their language studies.
Combining Japanese Language Education and Career Education
Japanese language instructors and career trainers observe students' presentations and interactions with Japanese business people. They also provide students with guidance on how to prepare documents for job hunting, how to introduce themselves, and how to sit for interviews. Their advice comes from various perspectives. The partnership between Japanese instructors and career trainers allows for multifaceted instruction.