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Japanese Advanced (Year 6) Short Course

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This Advanced level course will help you to become more fluent in the Japanese language, understand advanced grammar and Japanese culture, working towards or consolidating your JLPT N1.

Why choose this course?

Our Japanese Advanced (Year 6) will allow you to communicate at an advanced level, working towards JLPT N1, which is the required level to enter Japanese universities, and is the perfect follow-on programme to Japanese Upper Intermediate (Year 5) or if you have a solid JLPT N2.

The full course is made up of three 10-week modules – part 1, part 2 and part 3. Enrol on the full syllabus (parts 1-3) to gain a complete knowledge of intermediate Japanese at the best price. Our teaching takes place once a week, ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

Our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers. Gain a certificate from a prestigious London university.

Course overview

On commencing the course, you should be able to feel confident in debating and understanding TV dramas, give a presentation and express your opinions. You will learn new structures and vocabulary around different topics to extend the range of expression in this highly communicative course.

The course aims to introduce you to 600 kanji  before the end of Part 3 so at least two hours of homework per week is essential .

If you already have solid knowledge of JLPT N2, this course will push you to work towards achieving JLPT N1.

Is it the right level for me?

The Japanese Advanced (Year 6) course is ideal if you have completed the Japanese Upper Intermediate (Year 5) course. You should be able to be confident at JLPT N2 level to enrol on this course.

If you are new and want to join this course please contact Taka, our Japanese tutor on so he can assess your level.

* Whether your goal is to sit the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, JLPT N1 or you simply wish to maintain your Japanese skills, this course will prepare you to achieve that.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics from Japanese Year 5 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 your needs and progress.

Throughout the year, you’ll learn:

  • to understand the main points of TV news about politics, economics, etc…
  • to understand the general content when engaging in conversations on current topics covered by the media.
  • to understand the general content of speeches in formal situations (e.g. welcome parties, business etc…).
  • to generally understand announcements about unpredictable and complex occurrences (e.g. accidents, etc…) and more formal speeches and lectures.
  • to understand the content of inquiries about my work or specialized fields.

Grammatical structures

Part 1

ないまでも  even if [A] is not done, then [B]
というわけではない  it’s not that, it doesn’t mean that
を皮切りに(をかわきりに)starting with
まみれ  covered with, stained, smeared with
となると / となれば  once / when something happens
こそすれ  only the first point is true, the second point cannot be true
ことのないように  so as not to, to not-
ともあろう  of all people (expression showing surprise at a high standing person's misbehaviour)
くらいのものだ  only (emphasis)
だの~だの  and, and the like, and so forth
XがXなら、YもYだ  like [father] like [son] (negative meaning)
くらいなら  rather than (do ...)
たところで  even if-
こそ「~が・けれど」but, although (emphasis)
ものを  although, but, even though, I wish that
と思いきや  To think [A], but [B]
(よ)うと~まいと・(よ)うが~まいが  whether or not, regardless
とあれば  if, if it is the case that
としたって  even if..
ところを  although/despite a certain time/situation

Part 2

といえども  even, even if
たことにして  expresses a decision or news that does not reflect the truth
なくして  without
をもって  1) by means of, with; 2) at the time
ものとして  to assume, to suppose
並み(なみ)same level as, equal to, on par with, each, row of
すら / ですら  even (with emphasis)
にして  only, just because, although, even, at (place, time), in (time span)
なり  as soon as
なりに / なりの  In one's own way / style
ともなく  uncertainty, lack of intent
や否や(やいなや)as soon as, the moment-
とも~とも  unable to draw a conclusion, unable to judge
たら~たで  whether or not
どんなに~うが/うと(も)  No matter how / what, even if
とは  indicates word or phrase being defined with emphasis / surprise
とされる  is considered to, it is said that-
とばかりに  as if to say, as though-
を限りに(をかぎりに)starting from.., to the full extent of
ならでは  distinctive of-, special to-

Part 3

かたがた  while, at the same time, for the purpose of
たる  (those) who are, (that) which is,
ずくめ  completely, entirely, nothing but
であれ/であろうと  whoever / whatever / however
こそあれ  although, even though
うと~うと/うが~うが  whether/even if [A] or [B].
ぐるみ  together (with), -wide
までだ  only, just, nothing else
とみられる  regarded as, appears/expected to..
そばから  as soon as
ものとする  shall, to assume, understood as
かたわら  while, at the same time, in addition
限りだ(かぎりだ)to feel strongly
のやら・ものやら・ことやら  I wonder.., unsure
までもない  it is not necessary to-
たりとも  (not) even, (not) any
なり~なり  or
つ~つ  two contrasting actions
に言わせれば  if you ask..., if one may say...
がてら  while, on the same occasion, at the same time, coincidentally-
といわず  not only, both (without distinction)



Prerequisite knowledge

The Japanese Advanced (Year 6) course is ideal if you have completed the Japanese Upper Intermediate (Year 5) course. You should be able to be confident at JLPT N2 level to enrol on this course.

If you are new and want to join this course please contact Taka, our Japanese tutor on so he can assess your level.

The course is taught at progressive levels starting with Part 1 in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join Part 2 of the short course (in January), you must have completed Part 1 or be familiar with the content taught in Part 1, specified in the What will I learn? section.

If you wish to enrol on Part 3 of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both Part 1 and Part 2 or be familiar with the content, which can be found in the What will I learn? section.

English requirements

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & 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.

There is no formal assessment and no qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course. You must attend over 70 per cent of the classes to be eligible for the certificate.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading


Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1 [GRAMMAR] Summary (Japanese) Tankobon Softcover       ISBN 10: 4872177266 ISBN 13: 978-4872177268

Tutor information

  • Takayuki Ogura

    Takayuki Ogura has been teaching Japanese as a foreign language in London for over ten years to students from diverse backgrounds.

    Taka also has extensive experience teaching Japanese for business, in particular for banks, insurance companies and to diplomats.