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Japanese Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) Short Course

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Learn Japanese in a few short weeks with our Beginners Summer Intensive course. This concentrated course will teach you the entire syllabus of the Japanese Beginners course in just 10 weeks during the summer term.

Why choose this course?

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.

The Japanese Beginners Summer Intensive course consists of two evening classes per week for a total of 10 weeks. In this time you will cover all three modules of the beginners course, giving you an excellent grasp on basic Japanese in a short space of time.

Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of Japanese.

All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.

Course overview

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. You will develop essential listening and speaking as well as reading and writing skills in Japanese. You will be introduced to Japanese characters (Hiragana, Katakana and very basic Kanji).

Is it the right level for me?

The Japanese Beginners Summer Intensive short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the Japanese language.

This is a highly intensive course that requires commitment and dedication. You are expected to study between three and six hours between classes to be able to keep up with the course pace.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of Japanese, you may wish to join our Japanese Beginners Refresher (Year 2)  course or Module Two or Three of the Japanese Beginners (Year 1) course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Topics covered

  • Introduction;
  • Numbers, dates and times;
  • Nationalities and occupations;
  • Working in/ visiting a company;
  • Shopping;
  • Travelling;

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;
  • Yype 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

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



Prerequisite knowledge

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.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of Japanese, you may wish to join our course or join Module Two or Module Three of the Japanese Beginners (Year 1) course or the Japanese Beginners Refresher (Year 2) course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

English requirements

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

English requirements

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & 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
  • classroom discussion
  • pair and group work
  • work on pronunciation and intonation
  • 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.

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 for Busy People: Kana [With CD (Audio)]

  • Publisher: 1 Paperback – 10 Apr 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1568363850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568363851

Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book

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.

Next steps

This Japanese Beginners Refreshers Short Evening Course is the perfect course for students with only a limited knowledge of Japanese wanting to expand their language skills.…