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Japanese Language and Culture, Beginner Level

A Japan Foundation and SOAS Language Centre Course

Overview

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Mode of Attendance: Part Time Evening

Fees: £310 per term, including 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.

Marugoto Coursebook

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

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

The course will not focus on language alone; learning Japanese culture will also be an important element in the lessons. 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.

Syllabus

Materials

Timetable

The course is made up of 10 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: in October 2014

Class 1: Every Tuesday, 19:00-21:00

Class 2: Every Thursday, 19:00-21:00

Participants will be invited to go to a Japanese restaurant during the course to try out their new Japanese skills.

SessionTopic
1Japanese
2
3Myself
4
5Food
6
7House
8
9Daily Life
10

Term 2: 

Class 1: Every Tuesday, 19:00-21:00

Class 2: Every Thursday, 19:00-21:00

Participants will be invited to attend a Japan-related event during the course to try out their new Japanese skills.

SessionTopic
1Review
2Holiday 1
3
4Town
5
6Shopping
7
8Holiday 2
9
10Review and Test

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.