SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Japanese Language and Culture, Beginner Level

A Japan Foundation and SOAS Language Centre Course

2017 Entry requirements

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Overview

Mode of Attendance: Part-time

The Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course A1 (Beginner Level) is a new kind of course for absolute beginners in Japanese. It is equivalent to A1 Breakthrough of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).*

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

This course runs from October to June and is suitable for those who may wish to learn basic Japanese conversation without mastering Japanese scripts, such as those going to Japan on holiday or for business purposes.

The aim of this course is to use Japanese language skills to get to know people, order in Japanese restaurants and gain knowledge about Japanese customs. During the course, participants will be able to perform specific, practical tasks in Japanese. The course will not focus on language alone: learning about Japanese culture will also be an important element. Additionally, participants will be given special access to the book loan service of the Japan Foundation London Library for the duration of the term for which they are enrolled, as well as access to the supplementary MARUGOTO Plus Japanese Learning website.

The Marugoto Coursebook for Activities contains a variety of photos showing Japanese daily life so that participants can compare it with themselves and discuss in class.

The Marugoto PLUS website contains photos, videos, dialogues and a variety of other resources to help you prepare for travelling to Japan.

Marugoto New Coursebook Front Cover

Marugoto New Coursebook

Marugoto Plus website


* This course takes the measure of language competence on the Japan Foundation Standard for Japanese Language Education which is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A1 Breakthrough Level is the first and most basic level of the Japan Foundation Standard.

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 (4 October - 6 December 2016) Tuesdays 19:00-21:00

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

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

Term 2 (17 January - 21 March 2017) Tuesdays 19:00-21:00

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

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

Term 3 (2 May - 4 July 2017) Tuesdays 19:00-21:00

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

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

Fees and funding

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Timetables:

You can view our short course timetables here.

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; 33kb) 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; 107kb) , 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.