The Department of English Language and Literature seeks to provide students with high-level English communication skills and knowledge of the language, culture, and literature of English-speaking countries. Majors offered by the Department include Literature and Culture of English-Speaking Peoples, English Linguistics, Communication, and English Specialist. The program develops advanced English communication skills and Internet and other information processing capabilities, while also providing preparation for careers that require English ability for active participation in a global society.
Two Courses of International Study
Global English Course
As the effects of accelerating globalization are felt in every aspect of life—from information technology to economics and culture—there is a need for human resources who can respond flexibly in a global environment. In April 2014, KNDU established a Global English Course in the Department of English Language and Literature under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. While fostering solid language and communication skills and an appreciation of diverse cultures, the course aims to nurture women who not only combine a hospitality mindset with a rich sense of humanity, but also play an active role in the global community.
English and Liberal Arts Course
This course gives students the proficiency to express themselves freely in English, while acquiring a deep understanding of English-speaking culture, history, language, and communication. Students develop flexible English-language skills, as well as general and specialized knowledge and a rich sense of humanity that will serve as lifelong tools for advancement.
Literature and Culture of English-Speaking Peoples
Students explore the diverse literature and cultures of a wide range of English-speaking countries. Courses include literary studies in drama, poetry, novels, short stories, nonfiction, and new media such as film. The study of cultural and historical contexts gives students a broad perspective on forces that shape literature in English.
Communication courses help students become more effective cross-cultural communicators in both face-to-face and mediated contexts. Courses include interpersonal, intercultural, and computer-mediated communication, speech, and multimedia production. Students gain knowledge, skills, and confidence in interacting with others and in presenting appropriate and accurate information in English.
English Linguistics provides a diversified approach to language in society, including English grammar, the history of the English language, comparative study of English and Japanese, and psychological and sociological aspects of the acquisition and use of language. Linguistics courses include requirements for qualification to obtain the certificate in teaching English at secondary schools.
English-language specialist courses enable students to further develop their command of English for professional purposes in bilingual and multilingual workplaces. Courses such as business English, translation, and simultaneous interpretation help students develop both comprehensive knowledge and English language skills by emphasizing the practical use of English.
Direct guidance is provided by active-duty cabin crew from ANA (All Nippon Airways) and by professional lecturers from various fields. Students make on-site tours that give them first-hand experience of the services and practices of the airline industry. In addition, they learn hospitality and food service etiquette through practical training. The skills and spirit of hospitality will also prove useful in any field of business.
English for Medical Support Program
This program develops medical interpreters who can serve as a link between Japanese medical staff and non-Japanese patients, so that the latter can enjoy peace of mind when receiving medical care. Plans call for students to gain practical experience at the University Hospital of the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine. Students can look forward to playing an active role in medical and pharmaceutical companies, as well as in the travel and tourism industry.
Immersion Space—Hands-On Learning
for English and Other Languages
The Immersion Space was inaugurated in a new campus section that was completed in 2014. Along with a lounge and a reference room, this facility includes an intensive English practice classroom in which students are not permitted to speak Japanese. Members of staff are always available to provide support in English for issues related to language learning and living in a foreign-language environment. In addition, innovative programs are available to enable self-directed learning in an enjoyable atmosphere.
Elective Certificate Programs
- Librarian Certificate
- Japanese Language Teacher Certificate
- Secondary School English Teacher License
- Upper Secondary School English Teacher License
- Teacher Librarian Certificate
- Data Processing Specialist Certificate
- License to be appointed as Social Welfare Director (Qualification)