Japanese Beginners Refreshers (Year 2)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Thursday 5 October 2017 19:00 - 21:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1856 Enrolment Closed
Thursday 18 January 2018 19:00 - 21:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1856 Apply Now
Thursday 3 May 2018 19:00 - 21:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1856 Apply Now
Thursday 5 October 2017 19:00 - 21:00 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All terms) CS1856 Apply Now

Course Content

Taught mostly in Japanese, this course is the follow-up to Japanese Beginners (Year 1) for those wishing to consolidate both active and passive skills for the purpose of practical communication. It runs over three terms that progressively build upon one another.

If students have missed the Term 1 enrolment but already have some knowledge of Japanese, they can join the Japanese Beginners refreshers class in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed. You can do this by checking contact the short courses office.

The course aims to cover 100 kanji before the end of term 3 and it is essential for students to do homework for at least two hours per week.

Why choose the Japanese Beginners Refreshers short course?

Our Japanese Beginners Refreshers short course is ideal for anyone looking for a flexible class that'll take their Japanese to the next level. The Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 3) course  is the perfect follow-on programme for anyone who has completed the Japanese Beginnners Refreshers (Year 2) language evening course.

The programme is taught by native speakers over 10 weekly evening classes offering, maximum flexibility and expert tuition.

Tutor Info

Takayuki Ogura has been teaching Japanese as a foreign language in London for over ten years to students from diverse backgrounds. He has also extensive experience in dealing with business people, in particular employees of banks, insurance companies, diplomats and other financial institutions.


You should have one of the following:

  • approx 50-60 hrs prior formal study
  • successfully completed Japanese Beginners (Year 1)
  • be able to carry out an elementary conversation; talk about yourself (your nationality, where you work, where you live etc.); be able to talk about your daily activities and your hobbies; order in a café; describe a place and give directions; say what you like or dislike; have a good knowledge of present regular and irregular verbs, prepositions, possessive pronouns and common adverbs of frequency; have some notions of the past tense, the 'near past' (I've just…) and future tenses (I am going to/I will)

If you wish to join this course in January, please contact the short courses office.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of Japanese Year 1 will be revised at the beginning of the academic year. The course outline below is only a guide and topics will be studied according to students' needs and progress.

Term 1

Term 1 will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 8-14). We will quickly revise grammar points from Japanese Beginners (Year 1) and then develop more communication skills in Japanese. The textbook only uses Japanese characters, so you will need to be able to read and write in Japanese (Hiragana & Katakana) before joining this course; or you will need to catch up during this term.

Grammatical structures
N はadjective です。
N は どうですか。
N が 好きです/上手です
N 1(place)にN2があります/います
N が あります/わかります
N 1はN2よりadjective です
N 1とN2とどちらがadjective ですか
N がほしいです
N (place)へVます-formに行きます。
Verb て-formください

Learning Objectives

o    Talk about the characteristics of things and people
o    Existence of People and Things
o    Numbers and counters
o    Expressions how often you do something
o    Talk about what you want to do
o    Ask someone to do something for you
o    Verb conjugation / Verb groups / Verb て-form
o    Ask someone to do something for you
o    Introduce 40 kanji

Term 2

Term 2 will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 15-20). We will learn colloquial form in order to talk with your Japanese friends more naturally.

Grammatical structures
Verb て-form はいけません
Verb て-formいます
Verb て-form、Verb て-form
N or な-adj(without~な)+で、~
V dictionary form ことができます
わたしの趣味はV dictionary form ことです

Learning Objectives
o    Talk about weekend plans and travel plans
o    Ask permission to do something at someone's house
o    Forbid someone from doing something
o    Expresses ability or possibility
o    Describe what one has experienced in the past
o    Conversation in the plain style
o    Introduce 30 kanji

Term 3

Term 3 will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 21-25)
You will do more listening practice from oral conversations, from films and drama in natural speed.

Grammatical structures
Plain form と思います
Plain form と言います
Plain form でしょう
V dictionary form 時間 / 約束 / 用事
How to use とき
Verb て-form+あげます /  もらいます / くれます
Plain past form ら、~
Verb て-formも、~

Learning Objectives
o    Express your opinion
o    direct speech and reported speech
o     How to express when
o    Noun modification by sentences
o    Talk about getting on and off means of transportation
o     Learn the statements involving receiving or giving actions
o    Conditional expression
o    Introduce 30 kanji

Teaching and Assessment

The course will include formative evaluation (to help you assess your strengths and weaknesses), an oral presentation and continuous support from your tutor. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

Lesson 8-25 are covered in the textbook Minna no Nihongo 1 ISBN:978-4-88319-603-6.

Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, either online or most major bookshops.

Leads To...

The Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 3)

Career Outcome

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Students are able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. They can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Students can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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