Accelerated Beginners Japanese
For learners of beginners-level spoken and written Japanese, at SOAS Language Centre in London
Duration: This is an intensive one-year course with three terms of ten weeks. Two evenings per week.
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
Over three terms the course provides a thorough introduction to Japanese including the Japanese writing systems hiragana あ い う (a, i, u) etc and katakana ア イ ウ (a, i, u) etc, pronunciation through listening and speaking, as well as 150 basic everyday kanji such as 木 (tree) 山 (mountain) 人 (person).
Intended for absolute beginners, the course covers the grammar and vocabulary (about 800 words) required for spoken or written conversations like this one:
Tom: Ken, what would you like to have most now?
Ken: Time. Because when I play golf at the weekend and return home, I still want to do it again. What about you?
Tom: Money. If I had money, I would like to travel in Japan.
This course is designed for learners who want to progress more quickly than the standard Beginners course and requires around five hours self-study per week. Students completing this course are able to transfer directly to Lower Intermediate 1 to continue learning Japanese.
The course is taught in English and Japanese and includes coverage of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and a balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar exercise. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.
The course is taught in English and Japanese Language and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Japanese Language grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Japanese Language in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.
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Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London on two evenings per week. Participants receive 40 hours of language tuition over a ten-week period (with additional weeks where public holidays displace a class session).
Language Centre How To Apply
You can enrol:
- online via our online store
- in person by filling out a form in the Language Centre
- by post by sending an Application Form (pdf; 35kb) to our office address
- Please read our Terms and Conditions before applying for a course
- We cannot accept cash payments under any circumstances
Not a complete beginner?
If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.
To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.
Course Fees and Discounted Rates
An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.
If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 35kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.
If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.