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SOAS Language Centre

Japanese Beginners Course

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The course introduces basic grammatical forms and essential frequent vocabulary and establishes a solid foundation in all four key language skills. Participants on the course will have opportunities to practise communicating in Japanese in class on daily topics, such as routines and activities, hobbies and habits, etc. The course provides complete beginners of Japanese with a  basic grounding in in Japanese pronunciation and in the Hiragana and Katakana syllabaries. By the end of the course, participants are expected to be able to and read and write short simple texts in the appropriate script.

Students who complete this course are able to progress to Japanese Elementary.


The course is taught in English and Japanese and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Japanese grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Japanese 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.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

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3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week. Each term classes are subject to quorum requirements.




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