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SOAS Language Centre

Beginners Japanese II

Duration: This is a one-year course with three terms of ten weeks.

Overview

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Mode of Attendance: Full-time

This course is for students who have completed Beginners Japanese I at the Language Centre and others who have completed around 50-60 hours of Japanese study. It consolidates and extends students’ foundation knowledge of key grammatical structures and essential vocabulary.  Students will develop their understanding of the Hiragana and Katakana syllabaries and become able to understand and produce elementary level texts in Japanese. The course provides participants with frequent opportunities to practise communicating in Japanese in a range of everyday contexts with the accent on practical spoken Japanese. By the end of the course, participants will be able to communicate confidently at an elementary level of Japanese in both speech and writing.

Students completing this course are able to progress to Lower Intermediate I.

Method

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.

Syllabus

Materials

Materials

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

Timetable

Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London on one evening a week or Saturday daytime. Participants receive 20 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; 462kb) , 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.