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Graduate School of Language Education and Information Science, Ritsumeikan University

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更新日 2015-05-27 | 作成日 2015-05-22

The Policy of LEIS

LEIS has as its goal to equip teachers for the needs of modern society with the skills of high-level communication ability, skills in language information processing and language education. Research in these areas is also undertaken. To achieve this goal, the policy of LEIS is to emphasize the three areas of admissions, curriculum, and diploma.


Admission Policy

The goal of LEIS is to train language pedagogy specialists who can work on the international stages, as well as high-level specialists who have acquired practical, applied ability and expert knowledge in communication, language information processing. In order to achieve this, we are eager to recruit students with a strong desire to learn, into the courses detailed below.

At present, LEIS offers a master’s programs in these areas, and we are consulting on the establishment of a full PhD course so we also welcome students with a keen interest in research.


Language Education Course / English Language Education Program

Schools and universities in Japan are calling out for teachers trained to a high international standard level in English education theory and practical communicative skills, and LEIS aims to train these to respond to this requirement. So we seek to recruit motivated applicants who already have good working skills in English, and who hope to put their skills to use in the future as highly skilled language specialists.


Language Education Course / Japanese Language Education Program

There is a widening need for Japanese language teachers both in Japan and abroad. We aim to train teachers who can meet learners’ needs and who have the underlying, advanced practical communicative skills. So we seek to recruit applications from those who have a strong interest in Japanese and who can positively and flexibly adapt to the needs of diverse learners.


Language Information and Communication Course

We train students to a high degree of professional ability, but also with practical skills to apply their knowledge in the following areas: the structure, function and traditional grammar of English and Japanese; descriptive grammar, linguistic theory and techniques for text processing. To realize this, we aim to recruit students who have a strong interest in these areas, and who want to work in related areas in the future.


Curriculum Policy

In order to reach our goal of accepting students who match the requirements in our admission policy and to nurture a high level of professionalism who meet our diploma policy, we have compiled a curriculum, with an emphasis on coursework, and a focus on English education, Japanese education, and information science. We also offer courses in which students can develop academic skills and professional skills that will help deepen the focus on their research topic.


Shared courses

We provide courses in which students can hone practical language skills, language processing skills, and survey courses to acquire a wider range of expert knowledge.


Specialized courses

We provide a range of courses for students to gain specialized knowledge and research methods for each of the following fields of English education, Japanese education, and language information science.


Seminar courses

In these classes, students can deepen their research topic in each of the fields of English education, Japanese education, and language information science. Students make presentations in study groups, and through discussions, they can make the connections for their master’s thesis.


Courses for supporting learners, and courses related to clinical studies of school education

We offer a range of courses to support graduate students who are aiming to become teachers. Topics covered in the courses include educational psychology, cognitive science and language education. These deal with educational setting issues in a clinical manner through activities and skills such as school internships, action research, and classroom research and so on.


Subjects with an emphasis on developing skills in interacting in international settings

In the field of English education, we have subjects for TESOL certification programs, and in the field of Japanese education, we offer practicum seminar, both in and outside Japan.


Special seminar

Subject in which students receive advice for writing a research paper.


Diploma Policy

To be awarded a master’s degree, students have to take subjects which meet the aims of LEIS. Students will have to present on their research twice in the colloquia held over two years and take the required “special seminars” (a course which includes submitting the research paper). If students are successful in these courses, they will be awarded a master’s degree from LEIS.


Abilities which students should have mastered by the time of finishing their master studies

  • Students will have acquired expert knowledge in the areas of language, language education and language information science and have developed the ability to produce a research paper based on these.
  • Students will have high ability and proficiency in English and Japanese (for overseas students) for the purpose of being conversant with international education and research situations.
  • Students will have the ability to write a research paper in English, of Japanese in the case of overseas students.
  • Students will have the applied and practical skills for teaching settings, which demand high expertise in language education, or language information science.

Degree evaluation criteria

Submitting a research paper is mandatory for completing the degree, and concerning the evaluation of this, the points outlined below are to be referred to:


  1. The culmination of research
  2. Has the candidate fulfilled the basic goal of research?
    Has the candidate developed a clear question, and a view of the issue under investigation?
  3. The overall structure of research
  4. Has the candidate formulated a research paper based on logical principals?
  5. Original features of research
  6. Rather than uniqueness, we emphasize the necessary features mentioned above.