Japanese Language and Culture, Beginner Level
A Japan Foundation and SOAS Language Centre Course
Mode of Attendance: Part Time Evening
Fees: £250 per term, plus £20 for course textbook and materials
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) is a new kind of course for absolute beginners (JF Standard for Japanese Language Education* A1 Breakthrough) of Japanese. It is based on the JF Standard for Japanese Language Education, rather than traditional methods of language education that focus on grammar and sentence structure. The aim of the course will be to use Japanese language skills to get to know people, visit restaurants and take part in many other Japan-related events. At the end of every lesson, participants will be able to perform specific, practical tasks in Japanese.
The course will not focus on language alone; learning Japanese culture will also be an important element in the lessons. The course will incorporate videos, games and media that will help you to learn about Japan, in addition to social networking services such as Facebook to give you the opportunity to use your new Japanese skills outside of the classroom. You will also be given exclusive access to the supplementary Marugoto Plus Japanese Learning website. Participants of this course will even be eligible for temporary full membership of the Japan Foundation London Library for the duration of the term they are enrolled in and will be able to borrow resources from its collection of over 9,000 Japanese language education textbooks and other learning materials.
This course is perfect for absolute beginners of Japanese who would like to use their new language skills in practical situations, and to really connect with Japanese society.
* The JF Standard for Japanese Language Education is a measure of language competence, based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) that uses Japanese language education as a tool to take part in social events and widen the world view of participants. A1 Breakthrough level is first and most basic level of JF Standard; please see overleaf for details.
The course is made up of 11 sessions in Term 1, followed by 10 sessions in Term 2. If there are spaces available, it might be possible to join the course from Term 2. However, we will give priority to participants who take part in Term 1.
Term 1: 15 January-26 March 2013
Every Tuesday, 19:00-21:00
Participants will be invited to go to a Japanese restaurant during the course to try out their new Japanese skills.
Term 2: 23 April-25 June 2013
Every Tuesday, 19:00-21:00
Participants will be invited to attend a Japan-related event during the course to try out their new Japanese skills.
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