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Camarines Sur Nihongo proficiency program on "Bunkusai" Cultural Day

by CR Fernandez

Pili, Camarines Sur (20 October) -- The provincial government's program on Japanese language proficiency continues to provide quality training on Nihongo to Camarines Sur constituents for free spearheading the "Bunkasai" or Cultural Day on October 16 at the Camarines Sur IT Park.

The program, debuted on February 15, 2005, has since undergone changes in its curriculum in order to ensure greater proficiency of the language for the graduates, giving them the edge in applying for work in Japanese owned corporations and outfits anywhere in the world.

Offering Level IV (Basic Conversational Skills Level) and Level III (Low Intermediate Level) at the onset of the program, now it offers Preparatory, Level IV, Level III and Level II (High Intermediate Level) conducted under the auspices of the Camarines Sur Japanese Language and Culture Center (CSJLCC).

The preparatory course (9 hours) is actually a new addition to the curriculum aimed at gradually introducing the students to Nihongo, allowing them a better grasp and appreciation of the language.

Gov. LRay Villafuerte, in his bid to overcome the "language barrier" which is actually the stumbling block not only for Filipinos but also for foreigners in penetrating the Japanese workforce, established CSJLCC initially called Japanese Language Learning Course (JLLC) by virtue of Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution Number 099 aimed at effectively addressing the problem, especially for his provincial constituents.

At present time, CSJLCC has produced 431 graduates in Level IV, 90 graduates in Level III and 20 graduates in Level II. Of said tally, 87 graduates are JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) passers for level IV, 44 graduates passed Level III and 2 graduates passed Level II respectively. Moreover, additional classes for preparatory course are slated to be held at its new satellite office in Naga City in order to accommodate more students upon the request of the public.

As a customary means of giving a foretaste of the rich Japanese culture, CSJLCC is once again holding a "Bunkasai" or Cultural Day which will showcase among others Ikebana Flower Making Contest, Calligraphy, Origami Making Contest, games and cultural competition.

For more information on the free Nihongo course and the schedule of classes, interested person may call CSJLCC at 473.03.92. (MMEC/PIA) [top]

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