CHC Students' Success at Japanese Language Proficiency Test
The World Standard of Japanese Language Ability
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been the most recognized worldwide certification test of Japanese language ability. These days, more than one million people take this test every year around the world. In the United States, this test is only available once a year in December. It is Yoshi Mineyama’s passion to help students prepare for this test. Mineyama teaches Japanese at Crafton Hills College.
Christine Abhay, David Corydon, Andrew Fuentes, Jin Kim, and Sharon Santos started studying the Japanese language at Crafton Hills College. They finished the first year Japanese language course (Japanese 101 and 102) and decided to take JLPT N5 in December 2013. There are 5 different levels in JLPT: N5, for those who have completed 150 hours of Japanese language study, which is equivalent of one year course of Japanese language; N4, for 300 hours of study; N3, for 450 hours of study; N2, for 600 hours of study; and N1 (complete fluency), for 900 hours of study. The fact that all the students who tried for JLPT N5 after one year of Japanese language education successfully passed in 2013 testifies the strength and tradition of Japanese language education at Crafton Hills College.
(From left to right, seated) Andrew Fuentes and Sharon Santos. (Standing, from left) Jin Kim, David Corydon, and Christine Abhay.