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SOAS Language Centre

Accelerated Lower Intermediate Japanese

For learners of lower intermediate-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


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Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Over three terms the course provides a firm grounding of all Japanese basic grammar and vocabulary, including use of Keigo and 300 basic everyday kanji to reach JLPT N4/A-level.

Intended for post beginners (about JLPT N5, or GCSE), the course covers the grammar and vocabulary required for spoken or written conversations like this one:

部長: 誰か、この仕事をやってくれる人がいるかな。
部長: 経験あるの。

Bucho:  Is there anyone who could take this task on?
Ken:  I'd like to try. Please allow me to have a go.
Bucho:  Do you have any experience?
Ken: Yes I have, from when I worked for an IT company.
Bucho: OK, (I will) leave everything to you then.

This course is designed for learners who want to progress more quickly than the standard Lower Intermediate course and requires around five hours self-study per week. Students completing this course are able to transfer directly to Intermediate to continue learning Japanese.


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.




Our course materials page shows you what you need to buy for this course. Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop bookshop@soas.ac.uk


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).  

See our online store to book a place on this course.

Language Centre How To Apply

You can enrol:

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.

Returning students

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.