The course aims to further develop student’s critical thinking and linguistic skills, as well as to deepen their cultural understanding of the Japanese speaking culture(s). This course is thematically anchored with authentic resources such as films, music, art and literature. Each theme requires students to explore current events, and the historical, sociocultural and geopolitical contexts with instructional support. This is done through tasks in the three modes of communication: interpersonal (spontaneous speaking and writing), presentational (rehearsed speaking and writing) and interpretive (listening and reading). The course is conducted entirely in Japanese.