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Learn Japanese: Five Day Summer School Short Course

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Learn Japanese in under a week with our Beginners Japanese Summer School, based in Central London. Providing a broad introduction to the Japanese Language, this course places emphasis on essential, spoken Japanese, ideal for those wishing to learn Japanese fast for travel or to communicate in Japanese for business.

Why choose this course?

Do you need to learn Japanese quickly for work or for travel? Master basic Japanese for communication with City, University of London’s brand new Learn Japanese language course. Over the course of one week in the summer you will learn the fundamentals of Japanese communication, including greetings, introductions, shopping, essential cultural norms and practical tools to get around in Japan (such as understanding and purchasing travel cards, how to use the ‘elusive washerettes’ and so on).

This dynamic Japanese summer school, taught by our highly skilled Japanese language tutor, Takayuki Ogura, incorporates playful activities to build your understanding of Japanese grammar and vocabulary and Japanese customs.

Course overview

This highly practical course teaches you how to speak Japanese - you will learn to introduce yourself, people you know and things you have. You will also be taught some important Japanese characters.

By the end of the five day Learn Japanese course you will be able to communicate confidently at a basic level in Japanese and have developed a solid understanding of Japanese culture and way of life. You will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases, particularly in relation to work or travel. You will be able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Is it the right level for me?

This language summer school is aimed at total beginners who wish to learn Japanese fast. The course will focus on commonly used phases and cultural understanding needed for holidays or business meetings, designed for you to ‘get by’ using Japanese language in a short space of time.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Each day you will build knowledge of Japanese vocabulary, grammar; and cultural and practical information, centred on specific topics or themes, including:

  • Greeting and introductions
  • Questions and enquiring
  • Numbers, currency and shopping
  • Time, directions and travel
  • Daily activities and going out



Prerequisite knowledge

This is a complete beginners’ course and no prior knowledge of the Japanese language is required.

If you wish to learn at a deeper level over a longer period of time, you may wish to enrol on one of our evening courses, including our year-long Japanese Beginners course starting in October, our Fast Track Japanese course, a slightly faster paced evening course starting in January or our Summer Intensive course - condensing the full beginners’ syllabus into 10 weeks in May.

If you have some prior knowledge of Japanese, you may wish to enrol onto Module Two or Module Three of the standard Japanese Beginners course or one of our more advanced Japanese courses, Japanese Year Two or Japanese Year Three.

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

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 at the end of the course, if you have attended at least 70 per cent of the lessons.

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.

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