SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Certificate & Diploma in Communicative Japanese, Full-time

Programme Code: UOFD0003

Start of programme: Term 1 - Monday 25th September 2017

Duration:
This is a one-year programme with three syllabus units taught over three terms in one academic year. However, direct entry to Term 2 is possible depending on a satisfactory assessment of current language ability at post-beginner level.

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Description

The Diploma in Communicative Japanese programme at SOAS Language Centre in London is designed to prepare students with no previous knowledge of Japanese to live and work in an Japanese-speaking environment.

Students who successfully complete Units 1 and 2 (Terms 1 and 2) are awarded the Certificate of Higher Education in Communicative Japanese and then progress to Term 3 for the Diploma. Students who successfully complete Unit/Term 3 are awarded the Graduate Diploma in Communicative Japanese. 'Successful completion' means that the student has met the attendance requirements for the Unit/Term term, submitted satisfactory course work and passed all the end-of- unit/term exams.

A student awarded the Certificate will be able to communicate effectively in Japanese in a limited range of situations and be able to read and write basic Japanese with ease. S/he will have a good command of the language used in survival situations, social conversations, everyday transactions, discussions of current affairs and in various job-related contexts.

A student awarded the Diploma will be able to communicate effectively in Japanese in a wide range of social and professional situations and be able to read and write Japanese of considerable complexity, ranging across a wide variety of topics. S/he will have an assured command of the grammar and vocabulary of the language and be able to participate confidently in conversations that cover more sophisticated topics and/or involve mixed registers.

How do these awards compare with other standards?

Approximate equivalents with other recognised standards of language proficiency are given below for general guidance only.

Award Language Level CEFR Category CEFR Band JLPT
N/A Elementary Waystage A2 Level N5
Certificate Intermediate Threshold B1 Level N4
Diploma Upper-Intermediate Vantage B2 Level N2/3

 

Progression to a SOAS Degree

The SOAS Language Centre Diploma (with a pass at Merit level) is recognised as an

acceptable alternative entry qualification for admission to the SOAS BA Japanese degree. Diploma holders who pass with a Merit Grade (minimum 60%) and can demonstrate that they have the required academic standard for degree study may, following SOAS enrolment processes through UCAS and subject to a satisfactory interview with the Japanese Admissions Tutor, be accepted for further degree level study of Japanese.  Applicants interested in this progression option should, in the first instance, before they enrol, seek the advice of the Programme Convenor, Mr Shin Okajima

Email: s.okajima@soas.ac.uk

Structure

The course is scheduled to run Monday to Friday daytime, with classes typically being held either in the late morning or early afternoon. In addition to the classroom contact hours and scheduled online sessions, some small group or individual tutorials will be available by appointment. The programme is very demanding and students will be expected to spend at least 20 hours of study outside class every week and make full use of their Self-Study learning  time.

The programme is based on the communicative approach to teaching Japanese and develops the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a balanced way. Students will also learn to activate grammatical patterns and acquire a wide range of vocabulary which they can use to express their meanings accurately and appropriately. The programme is continually adapted to students’ learning needs and so the pattern of learning activities varies from session to session.

Materials

In addition to audio-visual materials and a variety of original materials supplied by the teachers, the course is based on a number of core textbooks such as:

  • 3A Network (2012) Minna no Nihongo I dai2han. Tokyo: 3A Network
  • 3A Network (2008) Minna no Nihongo II. Tokyo: 3A Network
  • Matsuda, H. et al. (2004) Téma-betsu Chú-kyú kara Manabu Nihongo kaiteiban. Tokyo: Kenkyuusha

The required materials may be obtained from the Language Centre.

Other Learning Opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to attend relevant seminars and lectures available in the School, such as those organised by the Japan Research Centre and the Japan Foundation in London. The Hagio Prize is a £5,000 annual travel award open to students who are taking the Japanese Diploma programme at SOAS.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of written and oral examinations and coursework. Further details are provided in the Programme Handbook which will be given to enrolled students in the first week.

Student Evaluation

Our students are very positive about the quality of the learning experience at the Language Centre. This is what Phi Minh, a 2016 diploma graduate in Japanese, had to say about his language diploma course:

Phi Minh's Testimonial (Japanese Diploma Graduate)  

 "This is the only course I know of which focuses so much on language, but through that I got to learn about Japanese culture and history. Although it was very intense, I grew to enjoy the routine and thanks to the material covered on the course, I feel ready to use what I've learned in Japan. It was incredibly rewarding and I met many amazing people in and outside of the course thanks to my rapid weekly progress. Because of this, I was able to use this Japanese Diploma to help me get into the BA Japanese degree which SOAS offers, which was one of the key reasons why I decided to do the diploma. It’s a course I’d definitely recommend."

Diplomates - Reports by Former Students of the Diploma in Communicative Japanese

Timetable

Term Dates for 2017 -2018

Term 1: 25th September - 15th December 2017

Term 2: 8th January - 28th March 2018 (including Certificate exam days)

Term 3: 16th April - 29th June 2018 (including Diploma exam days)

Fees for the Diploma (3 Terms)

Overseas Students: £10,995

Overseas Students must pay the full fees for the whole course at the time of application in order to qualify for a Tier 4 visa.

Home/EU students: £9,000.00

Home/EU students may pay their course fees in three termly instalments of £3,000 each two weeks before the start of each term.

For self-funding Home/EU students only, we offer a 5% discount to those who pay the full course fee at the start of the first term.

Students enrolling on this programme are not eligible for funding through the UK Student Loan Company.

Students who enrol on this programme may apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) to cover fees. For further information on this, please follow the link below: 

Career Development Loans

How to Apply

To apply for a Language Centre Certificate/Diploma programme you can download our  SOAS LC Application Form - Communicative Certificate & Diploma (msword; 102kb)  and Cert and Diploma Payment Form (msword; 47kb)   or contact us for the forms. Please read the Terms and Conditions before filling in the forms. Completed application forms, accompanied by the course fee, made payable to SOAS, should be returned to SOAS Language Centre.

Applications from Overseas Students are welcome for the 2017/2018 academic year. For the information on the Tier 4 (General) Student visa application process, see our guidelines page.

Application Deadlines

Enrolment of overseas students closes on Friday 25th August, though early enrolment is advisable to secure a place. The number of students per class is limited and places fill up very quickly.

Please note that, although visa regulations technically allow students to arrive up to 10 days after the course start date, this is not feasible for this particular programme. All students need to be at SOAS for the first day of the course and all should be able to attend the induction day on Friday 22nd September prior to the start of the programme.

All overseas applicants need to have started the process of obtaining a Tier 4 Student Visa at least three months in advance of the closing date.

Home/EU applicants may apply up till Friday 7th September latest, but early application is recommended as all places may be filled by this date.

For further information about the content and structure of the programme, please contact the programme convener Mr Shin Okajima, Japanese Language Specialist:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4874

Email: s.okajima@soas.ac.uk

For further information about applying and enrolling for the programme, please contact the Japanese Language Administrator, Ms Sophie Mackfall:
 
Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4828

Email: sm155@soas.ac.uk

Convenors