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SOAS Language Centre

Japanese Elementary Course

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

2018 Entry requirements

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

This course is for students who have completed Beginners Japanese at the Language Centre and others who have completed around 50-60 hours of Japanese study. It consolidates and extends students’ foundation knowledge of key grammatical structures and essential vocabulary.  Students will develop their understanding of the Hiragana and Katakana syllabaries and become able to understand and produce elementary level texts in Japanese. The course provides participants with frequent opportunities to practise communicating in Japanese in a range of everyday contexts with the accent on practical spoken Japanese. By the end of the course, participants will be able to communicate confidently at an elementary level of Japanese in both speech and writing.

Students completing this course are able to progress to Pre-Intermediate.


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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