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SOAS Language Centre

Japanese Language and Culture, Beginner Level

A Japan Foundation and SOAS Language Centre Course

Overview

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: £330 per term, including course textbooks and supplementary materials

The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) is a new kind of course for absolute beginners in Japanese. It is equivalent to the Japan Foundation Standard for Japanese Language Education, A1 Breakthrough.*

The course is based on new communicative approaches rather than traditional methods of language education that focus purely on grammar and sentence structure. It uses the Marugoto Coursebook for Activities and Language competence, new textbooks published by the Japan Foundation.

Marugoto Coursebook

This course uses Marugoto Coursebook for Activities, a new textbook published by the Japan Foundation.

The aim of this course is to use Japanese language skills to get to know people, order in Japanese restaurants and take part in many other Japan-related events. At the end of each session, participants will be able to perform specific, practical tasks in Japanese.

The course will not focus on language alone: learning about Japanese culture will be an important element of each session. Participants will be given exclusive access to the supplementary MARUGOTO Plus Japanese Learning website.

Participants are eligible for temporary full membership of the Japan Foundation London Library for the duration of the term for which they are enrolled and are able to make use of its collection of over 9,000 Japanese language education textbooks and other learning materials.

This course is perfect for absolute beginners who would like to use Japanese in practical, everyday situations and to gain an understanding of contemporary Japanese culture.

* The Japan Foundation Standard for Japanese Language Education is a measure of language competence based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) which uses Japanese language education as a means for participating in social events and promoting the knowledge of Japanese culture amongst participants. A1 Breakthrough Level is the first and most basic level of the Japan Foundation Standard. Please see overleaf for further details.

Syllabus

Materials

Timetable

The course is made up of 10 sessions in Terms 1, 2 and 3. It may be possible for participants to join the course from Term 2 or Term 3, should spaces be available. Priority will, however, be given to participants who started in Term 1. This is always a very popular course and early enrolment is advisable to reserve a place.

Term 1 (6 October - 12 December 2014)

Class 1: Thursday, 19:00-21:00

Participants may be invited to go to a Japanese restaurant during the term to practise speaking Japanese. (This may also be scheduled in Term 2.)

SessionTopic
1The Japanese Language
2
3Meaning and Usage
4Introducing Oneself
5
6Meaning and Usage
7Food and Drink
8
9Meaning and Usage
10Revision

Term 2 (12 January - 20 March 2015) 

Class 1: Thursday, 19:00-21:00

Participants may be invited to attend a Japan-related event during the term to practise speaking Japanese.

SessionTopic
1House and Home
2
3Meaning and Usage
4Daily Life
5
6Meaning and Usage
7Holidays (1)
8
9Meaning and Usage
10Revision

Term 3 (20 April - 26 June 2015)

Class 1: Thursday, 19:00-21:00

Participants may be invited to attend a Japan-related event during the term to practise speaking Japanese.

SessionTopic
1In and Around Town
2
3Meaning and Usage
4Shopping
5
6Meaning and Usage
7Holidays (2)
8
9Meaning and Usage
10Revision

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.