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Communicative Japanese Beginners 1 - Marugoto Language and Culture course

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

The Communicative Japanese Beginners course 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 have access to the supplementary MARUGOTO Plus Japanese Learning website.

Marugoto Coursebook for Activities

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.

Marugoto New Coursebook Front Cover  

Marugoto New Coursebook  

Marugoto PLUS website

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

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.



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