Faculty of Foreign Language Studies
In 2009, Kansai University established the Faculty of Foreign Language Studies (FFLS), as its eleventh faculty, in order to meet two of Kansai University's goals: nurturing a global mentality and responding to the need for learning foreign languages. Since 2013, the FFLS has taken further steps toward realizing these goals with the introduction of a new curriculum featuring 5 programs. The programs are as follows: (1) the Language/Communication Education Program in which students learn about language acquisition mechanisms and apply them to foreign language education and communication, (2) the Language Analysis Program in which students deepen their knowledge and understanding of language systems, (3) the Area Studies Program in which students learn about different world languages and cultures in order to develop a more global perspective of the international community, (4) the Intercultural Communication Program in which students learn about issues that cause problems among different peoples of different cultural backgrounds, and develop potential solutions to these problems, and (5) the Interpretation and Translation Program in which students acquire knowledge and skills for translation and interpretation.
The FFLS will educate its students so that they will have in-depth knowledge of their specialization, a high degree of proficiency in their primary target language, i.e., English or Chinese, and multicultural and cross-cultural experiences gained from a required one-year Study-Abroad Program. We anticipate that our graduates will make full use of what they have learned from our program and be active both in Japan and in the international communities as “professionals skilled in using foreign languages.” In addition, we encourage our students to study one or more other foreign languages such as German, French, Russian, Spanish and Korean. Finally, we fully support our students in their efforts to acquire further qualifications: students can earn a teaching certificate for either English or Chinese at junior and senior high schools and they can also take Japanese language teacher training classes as well.
Three majors are offered:
1. English-language Education
Those completing this course will be truly professional educators in this field. They will have profited from a curriculum that places a strong emphasis on classroom praxes, provides a thorough understanding of the theory of second language acquisition, and provides the technology of information-communication. The program equips students with a proper academic grounding from which to meet the challenge of teaching a foreign language at primary level as well as the secondary level.
2. Foreign-language Communication
Those completing this course will have a high degree of proficiency in their language of specialization, a deepened understanding of the patterns of thought that underpin the culture where the target language is used, and skills for strategic problem-solving and active intellectual contributions.
3. Chinese Cultural Studies
The goal of this course is to educate students who will be highly versed not only in Chinese language and culture but also information-communication technology, and capable of performing valuable service to society-at-large by deploying their advanced Chinese-language skills. A further goal is to produce certified secondary-school teachers qualified and prepared to teach either Chinese or English, thus flexibly serving requirements imposed by educational diversification.