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Department of Japanese


DEPARTMENT OF JAPANESE

 


Department Director: Yin Song, Associate Professor

Tel:021) 54344900

 

When East China Normal University wasfounded in 1951, the School of Foreign Languages which was known as the Department of Foreign Languages only had two majors, English and Russian. In 1972, it was renamed as the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature and began to set up German, Japanese and French training courses (three years of schooling), which added up to five languages. Since then, the Japanese Department has been established for 47 years. Japanese major (department) began to recruit four-year undergraduates in 1978, set up postgraduate program in Japanese Language and Literature in 1996, and was upgraded to the Japanese Department in 1999. It established the first Japanese Language Teaching Center in China in 2006, provided doctoral programs in Japanese Language and Literature in 2011, and began to recruit post doctors in 2014, forming a complete Bachelor-Master-Doctor-Postdoctoral education and research system.

 

Four-year undergraduate Japanese language and literature program are open to the students.nationwide, about 40 students in two classes each year. Students from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Japan are also able to apply for the program. Each year, 6-7 postgraduates are enrolled, doing research inJapanese Language and Japanese Education, Ancient Japanese Literature, Modern and Contemporary Literature, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, Comparative Culture, and the History of Cultural Exchange between China and Japan.

 

The Japanese Department has 2 Japanese teachers and 14 Chinese teachers, including 3 professors, 6 associate professors, and 5 lecturers. All Chinese teachers have long-term study experiences in Japan, among whom ten have PhD degrees of Tokyo University, Tsukuba University, Yuchashui Women's University, Osaka University, Kyushu University, the International Center for Japanese Culture Studies, Nagoya University, Waseda University and Shanghai International Studies University. Their research field s cover Japanese, Japanese Language Acquisition and Japanese Teaching, Japanese Literature and Translation Research, as well as Japanese Philosophy and Culture, Chinese-Japanese Literature Comparison, Sino-Japanese Cultural Exchange and Comparison, and Japanese Sinology and Chinese Poetry, which enable them to provide quality teaching and research guidance in numbers of fields for students.

 

In academic research, teachers in Japanese Department published numerous monographs, translated works and papers in Chinese and Japanese research, and won the Shanghai Social Science Excellent Achievement Award and the National Society Award of Japan. Moreover, six have been supported by the National Social Science Fund, one the National Education Fund, one the Shanghai Social Science Fund, one selected to the Shanghai Pujiang Talent Program, and many sponsored by National Fund for Studying Abroad, Japan International Exchange Fund, Sumitomo Consortium, Hakuhodo and other domestic and Japanese funds.

 

Teaching and research promote each other when great importance is attached to undergraduate education. Teachers of language courses , which are basic courses, abandoned cramming method and adopted the heuristic method of teaching how to fish rather than giving fish to stimulate students' interest and build up their language sensitivity. Many courses, including Intensive Reading, Listening and Translation, are excellent courses in Shanghai, and in the leading position among the country. In Humanities Courses, cultural exchanges between China and Japan, and classical and modern literary works are used to explain how to study Japan. Rich and colorful extracurricular activities include not only assignments to help students internalize language knowledge, but also Sakura Forum academic lectures for undergraduates to build their multi-knowledge framework, regular participation in program recording of foreign language channel of Shanghai TV Station, and internships in Chinese and Japanese enterprises, news media publishing industry, high school and higher vocational school, etc. Based on the cooperation with nearly 20 famous Japanese schools, each year, more than 20 students are sent to study in Japan for one year.

 

The education of Japanese Department is excellent, which can be proved by the outstanding graduates including many famous scholars, educators and entrepreneurs renowned both at home and abroad. At present, graduates mostly work in government agencies, news media, Chinese-funded or Japanese-Fund banks, Japanese-funded enterprises, travel agencies, universities and so on, including China Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Japan Next, Bank of China, Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Telecom, All Nippon Airlines, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (China), Ltd, etc. and some pursue master's degree abroad in Tokyo University, Yuchashui Women's University, Waseda University and Kobe University.


 

Contact

Tel: 02154344900

Zip Code: 200241

Postal Address: No.500 Dongchuan Road, Minhang District, Shanghai.

Office Address: Room 319, Foreign language Building, East China normal University



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