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Five upcoming continuing education classes to take at Temple University, Japan Campus

Looking to further your education? Check out the continuing education courses offered at Temple University’s Setagaya campus

Written by Time Out. Paid for by Temple University, Japan Campus
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Whether you’re looking to brush up on your Japanese skills or branch out into a new area of expertise, Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) has a number of non-degree continuing education courses that could be a useful addition to your skill set.

The university offers a diverse curriculum of continuing education courses, from subjects related to personal interests to those focused on business and professional development. The program’s wide array of courses is complemented by a set of brand new facilities open to enrolled students, including one of Tokyo’s largest English-language libraries, lectures and events, an on-campus art gallery and various networking opportunities.

Courses range from full-semester (approximately 10 weeks) to one- or two-day workshops, meaning there is even something for visitors passing through Tokyo. Classes are generally held on weekday evenings between 7pm and 9pm or on the weekends, so working professionals can easily slot a class into their regular schedule. For those interested and looking to join a course, good news: the next semester starts on January 20, 2020 and there’s still plenty of time to sign up. Here we introduce five useful and exciting courses that start this new year.

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1. Japanese language courses

One of the top interests for many new residents and expats in Japan is taking up Japanese language classes. TUJ Continuing Education offers eight different Japanese courses for various levels and interests of Japanese learners. Courses range from topics such as ‘Useful Japanese Conversation’ and ‘Advanced Beginner’ to more niche interests such as courses to help improve reading of Japanese newspapers and understanding TV news. There’s even ‘Practical Business Japanese’ for those hoping to apply their skills to a career in Japan, as well as classes to help students prepare for the N2 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

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2. Understanding Japanese Society

This course offers an insightful look into Japanese society. Topics focus on Japan’s cultural identity and how politics and cultural dynamics have influenced society and made it what it is today. The course also takes a closer look at the typical Western view of the Japanese and also how the Japanese see themselves. Students can look forward to class discussions on how cultural constructs are formed, as well as going beyond common stereotypes to broaden their view of Japanese society on a more global level.

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3. Effective Business Writing

It’s almost a given in any work setting that one must be able to write and produce proper business-proficient text, whether it be for an important proposal or a simple email. This course delves into the details of proper business writing, teaching students the correct format, content and structure of business letters as well as how to write text appropriate for business correspondence.

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4. Data Analytics

Data analytics might not be the first course to come to mind to those looking to further their skill set. This particular course, however, aims to provide a highly comprehensive understanding of business-focused data analysis, which can be used in many different industries today. The course can be a useful tool for both technical and non-technical individuals who wish to have a deeper understanding of data science and analytical concepts, and want to learn how to transform raw data into informative conclusions to communicate effectively with colleagues and senior management.

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5. Content Marketing Boot Camp (one-day workshop)

For those short on time, this one-day workshop is a perfect way to get a crash course on content marketing topics relevant to today’s fast-paced digital world. The workshop aims to support the development of strategic planning, editorial calendars and practical digital and social media tactics that are useful for business situations and long-term content marketing strategies. During the course, students will learn how to create useful content ideas, plan promotional campaigns, develop compelling marketing ads using video, and launch successful social platforms. It’s an ideal course for those looking to get into digital marketing, event planning, blogging or business content development.

For more information on course tuition, instructors and application details, see here. Note that the coming spring semester starts on January 20, 2020 and limited slots are available for each course, so early sign-up is highly recommended.

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