Japanese Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1)  Short Courses

Course Information

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Monday 30 April 2018 18:00 - 21:00 20 classes over 1 term (Mondays & Wednesdays) £510.00 CS1859 Apply Now

Course Content

Learn Japanese from scratch in this very fast-paced Japanese Beginners Summer Intensive course.

This Japanese evening course is designed for complete beginners who want to progress quickly or for those who wish to review their knowledge, as the material of three terms is covered in one term. Lessons take place twice a week and each session lasts for three hours. This course is an introduction to the Japanese language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication and the entire book “Japanese For Busy People” is covered in ten weeks. Students develop essential listening and speaking as well as reading and writing skills in Japanese. Students are introduced to Japanese characters (Hiragana, Katakana and very basic Kanji).

This is a highly intensive course that requires commitment and dedication. Students should expect to study between three and six hours between classes to be able to keep up with the course pace. Whether learning Japanese for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, the Japanese Beginners course will enable students to communicate confidently on a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place when visiting the country.

By the end of the course students will have covered the syllabus normally covered in Term 1, 2 and 3 of Japanese Beginners (Year 1). If you would like to continue your studies you can join Japanese Beginners Refreshers (Year 2) from October.

Why choose the Japanese Summer Intensive short course?

Our Summer Intensive Japanese Beginners short course is taught over just ten weeks and is an intensive course for anyone looking to quickly gain language knowledge and communication skills.

The course is delivered twice a week in evening classes from our central London campus. This combines academic excellence, from our leading language experts, with flexibility for anyone working in London or the South East.

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.


This is a course for complete Beginners. However if you understand “Hiragana” to read and write before coming to the class, it will be helpful since the text book shows Japanese characters from the start.

English Requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

What will I learn?

Topics covered

Introduction; numbers, dates and times; nationalities and occupations; working in/ visiting a company; shopping; travelling; daily routine and the weekend; at a tempura restaurant; invitations; participating in a festival; plans; getting about in a city; area and location; visit to an art museum; at a party

Grammatical structures

Sentences using 'to be'; various particles; word order; form of verbs according to positive & negative statement as well as in the future & past tense; interrogative nouns (nani,doko,itsu,dare); adjectives; type of verbs and verb conjugation; Te form + kudasai; modal verbs (Te form + mo iidesu ka); imperative (Nai form + de kudasai); present continuous (Te form  + imasu); verb 'want' + infinitive (Watashi wa verb-tai desu).

Learning objectives

o    Greeting people
o    Introducing yourself
o    Describing things
o    Describing locations
o    Shopping
o    Asking and telling the time
o    Asking and telling telephone numbers
o    Talking about your daily routine
o    Talking about your week-end
o    Reading and writing Hiragana
o    Becoming familiar with some aspects of Japanese culture
o    Using basic greetings when visiting people and receiving guests
o    Receiving hospitality
o    Giving compliments
o    Expressing gratitude
o    Ordering food at a restaurant
o    Praising someone's possessions/ talk about your own
o    Making a telephone call
o    Talking about schedules in detail
o    Reading and writing Katakana
o    Being familiar with some aspects of Japanese culture
o    Being introduced to someone
o    Responding to an inquiry
o    Being warned or advised
o    Giving directions to a taxi driver
o    Talking about getting on and off means of transportation
o    Talking about lengths of staying
o    Asking about travelling time
o    Asking permission to do something/ ask someone not to do something
o    Talking about what you are doing now
o    Talking about where you live
o    Like and dislike
o    Expressing what you want to do
o    Reading and writing very basic Kanji

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations. Classroom activities will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context. More comprehensive grammar exercises, practise in Japanese writing and reading texts are generally set as homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

Japanese for Busy People: Kana [With CD (Audio)]: 1 Paperback – 10 Apr 2012
ISBN-10: 1568363850, ISBN-13: 978-1568363851

Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book

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