Japanese Beginners - Year 1 Short Courses
Taught mostly in Japanese, this is a course for total beginners, running once a week in central London. The Japanese for Beginners is an introduction to the language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Whether you are studying for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, or broadening your horizons, the Japanese for Beginners course will enable you to communicate confidently, socialise and not feel out of place in the country you are visiting. This module will introduce symbols to read and write in Japanese.
If you missed the Autumn enrolment and you already have some knowledge of Japanese, you can join the Japanese For Beginners class in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed. You can either do this by contacting us on 020 7040 8268 or by checking your level using our online guidelines.
By the end of term 1 you will be able to go to Japan and use basic Japanese language and cultural knowledge. By the end of term 2 you will further develop your communication in Japanese. You will learn Japanese characters (Hiragana, Katakana and very basic Kanji). The Japanese for Beginners course is quite intensive and it is essential to do homework at least 2 hours per week.
|Start Date||Start Time||Duration||Cost||Course Code||Apply|
|Tuesday 2 October 2012||19:00 - 21:00||10 classes over 1 term||£195.00 (Module 1)||CE1853||Enrollment Closed|
|Tuesday 22 January 2013||19:00 - 21:00||10 classes over 1 term||£195.00 (Module 2)||CE1853||Apply Now|
|Tuesday 30 April 2013||19:00 - 21:00||10 classes over 1 term||£195.00 (Module 3)||CE1853||Apply Now|
|Tuesday 2 October 2012||19:00 - 21:00||30 classes over 3 terms||£500.00 (All Modules)||CE1853||Enrollment Closed|
Takayuki Ogura has extensive experience in dealing with business people, in particular employees of banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions. He is also an examiner in Japanese for the OCR.
No prior knowledge required for the Autumn start. If you wish to join this Japanese for Beginners course in January, please check your level before enrolling.
What will I learn?
Module 1 will cover topics from the textbook Japanese for Busy People I (Lessons 1- 14), including: Introductions in Japanese (Name, Nationality, Occupation); Asking about business hours (hours and minutes, am, pm); Shopping (How much, price, some basic phrase for shopping); Inviting Japanese friends (Some basic phrases to show hospitality); Making plans for the weekend (What you will do, when ,and where); Talking about the weekend in the past. (Using adjectives to describe the events).
Module 2 will cover topics from the textbook Japanese for Busy People I (Lessons 15- 25), including: invitations; participating in a festival; talking about plans; making a request; going to a party; at an art museum; being warned or advised; busy at the moment; responding to an inquiry; being introduced to someone.
Module 3 will cover topics including: introductions, leisure time, travelling abroad and the target country's culture.
The following grammar points will be revised: the present tense (regular and irregular verbs), word order and the future tense.
Teaching and Assessment
Classroom activities will include: drilling, role-playing, listening comprehension, note-taking, gap-filling exercises, writing, reading comprehension, matching exercises, work on pronunciation and intonation, grammar in context and introducing and practising new symbols.
Units 1-11 are covered in the textbook Japanese for Busy People ISBN 4-7700-3008-8.
Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, either from the University bookshop (Northampton Square) or from most major bookshops.
Having successfully completed the Japanese Beginners (Year 1) course, you can progress to Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 2).
At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They should be able to introduce themselves, people they know and things they have. They are able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.