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Japanese Upper Intermediate (Year 5) Short Course

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This Upper intermediate level course will help you to develop fluency in the Japanese language, understand more advanced grammar, working towards or refreshing your JLPT N2.

Why choose this course?

Our Japanese Upper Intermediate (Year 5) will allow you to communicate at a nearly advanced level, working towards JLPT N2, which is the required level to work in a Japanese company. It's the perfect follow-on course to Japanese Intermediate (Year 4 ) or if you have a solid JLPT N3.

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 thorough understanding of Upper intermediate Japanese at the best price.

Lessons 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 joining conversations with friends and peers, be capable of reading brochures and emails. 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 Module Three so at least two hours of homework per week is essential.

If you already have solid knowledge of JLPT N3, this course will push you to the next level working towards achieving JLPT N2*.

Is it the right level for me?

The Japanese Upper Intermediate (Year 5) course is ideal if you have completed the Japanese Intermediate (Year 4 ) course. You should be able to communicate at JLPT N3 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 N2 or you simply wish to brush up on 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 Intermediate Year 4 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 follow discussions when participating in meetings at school or work.
  • to understand the general content of discussions and debates.
  • to understand the general content of TV programs covering familiar everyday topics (e.g. cooking, travel, etc.).
  • to follow discussions on familiar everyday topics (e.g. travel plans, preparations for parties, etc.) when participating in meetings
  • to generally understand TV dramas and movies in standard Japanese.
  • to understand necessary information from product’s guidance and notices in stores.
  • to generally understand announcements at stations and public places.

We will quickly revise grammar points from Japanese Intermediate Year 4 and then further your communication skills in Japanese.

Grammatical structures

Part 1

直ちに(ただちに)   at once, immediately, directly, in person, automatically

次第(しだい)     as soon as, dependent upon

と考えられる(とかんがえられる) one can think that, it is conceivable that, considered

ふうに      this way, that way, in such a way, how

をめぐって      concerning, in regard to

それにしても  nevertheless, at any rate, even so, be that as it may

以外(いがい)     with the exception of, excepting

て以来(ていらい)   since, henceforth

てでも even if I have to, by all means

ところを見ると(ところをみると) judging from, seeing that

いわゆる   what is called, as it is called, the so-called, so to speak​

ないではいられない   can’t help but feel, can’t help but do

といった  like, such as

ばかり about, approximately

にわたって   throughout, over a period of

どころではない        not the time for, not the place for, far from, anything but

に先立ち(にさきだち)   before, prior to-

以上に(いじょうに) more than, not less than, beyond

かのように  as if, just like

かねる unable to do something, can’t do something

Part 2

につき due to, because of, per, each

に関わる(にかかわる)  ]to relate to, to have to do with, relating to

ろくに~ない  not well, not enough, improperly, insufficiently, unsatisfactorily​

たまえ do-, order somebody to do something

に決まっている(にきまっている) certainly, I’m sure/certain that, it must be the case that

ことなく       without doing something even once

上(じょう)  for the sake of, from the standpoint of, as a matter of, in terms of

とっくに       long ago, already, a long time ago

はもとより      also, let alone, from the beginning

かねない    (someone) might do something, something might happen

わずかに      slightly, only, barely, narrowly-

にせよ/ にしろ      even if, regardless, whether... or

何も~ない(なにも~ない) nothing, (not) - at all, there’s no need to

からには    now that, since, so long as, because

一気に(いっきに)   in one go, without stopping, all at once, immediately, instantly, right away

からすると / からすれば   judging from, considering, by the look of

ものではない  shouldn’t do something, it’s impossible to

てならない      can't help but, dying to, extremely

にしても~にしても   regardless of whether

Part 3

まい     will not, will probably not, intend not to, must not

か~ないかのうちに   just as, right after, as soon as

に応じて(におうじて) depending on, in accordance with

抜きにして / 抜きで(ぬきにして/ ぬきで) without, leaving out, cutting out

以上は(いじょうは)because, since, seeing that

からこそ    precisely because

も当然だ(もとうぜんだ)    it’s only natural, no wonder, might as well

得る(える / うる)    can, to be able to, is possible to

まだしも  rather, better​

より [2]     from- (a time, place, or person)

に向かって(にむかって)    to face, to go towards, to head to

もっとも   but then, although, though

一方で(いっぽうで)on one hand, on the other hand, although

しかも moreover, furthermore, and yet, what’s more

ちなみに  by the way, in this connection, incidentally, (conjunction)

次第に(しだいに)   gradually (progress into a state), in sequence, in order

やがて before long, soon, almost, eventually

せめて at least, at most-

せっかく especially, (thank you for) troubling to, going to great pains for

にほかならない  nothing but, none other than

ことだ should do (used for suggestions or giving advice) text books



Prerequisite knowledge

The Japanese Upper Intermediate (Year 5) is the perfect follow-on programme for anyone who has completed the Japanese Intermediate (Year 4) or has a solid JLPT N3 level.

To enrol to Part 2 or Part 3 you need to be familiar with the content studied in previous terms - see 'what will I learn'.

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.

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.

Classroom activities will include:

  • Role-playing
  • classroom discussion
  • pair and group work
  • work on pronunciation and intonation
  • grammar in context.

Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework.

All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

ISBN 10: 4872179048
ISBN 13: 978-4872179040

日本語総まとめ N2 文法 (「日本語能力試験」対策) (Japanese) 
ISBN 10: 4872177290
ISBN 13: 978-4872177299

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

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