Belmont Receives Japan Foundation Grant

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The Japan Foundation of Los Angeles announced that Belmont University has been awarded a grant covering materials related to teaching enrichment for Japan culture and language.

Dr. Christopher Born, assistant professor of Asian studies and Japanese language, said, “As our Japanese program has been growing in number and course levels, many students desire to take the JLPT exam at the N3 or N2 level, and a few wish to try for the N1 level. These materials will be of great assistance in enhancing student learning toward goal-oriented outcomes, such as passing the JLPT examination.”

Japanese has been offered as a baccalaureate minor at Belmont since 2005, and the University has the only Japanese program that is coupled with an International Business, Music Business and Audio Engineering programs in the region. Belmont works closely with the Office of the Consul-General of Japan in Nashville to promote programming and is a supporter of the Japan Exchange and Teaching program.

Belmont was also recently the only U.S. university to receive the Foreign Minister of Japan’s commendation in 2020.