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Accelerated Beginners Japanese

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

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.

Over three terms the course provides a thorough introduction to Japanese including the Japanese writing systems hiragana あ い う (a, i, u) etc and katakana ア イ ウ (a, i, u) etc, pronunciation through listening and speaking, as well as 150 basic everyday kanji such as  木 (tree) 山 (mountain) 人 (person). 

Intended for absolute beginners, the course covers the grammar and vocabulary (about 800 words) required for spoken or written conversations like this one:

トム: けんさん、今一番欲しい物はなんですか。
けん: 時間です。週末ゴルフをして家に帰っても、またしたくなりますから。トムさんは。
トム: お金です。お金があったら、コースの後で日本を旅行したいです。

Tom:  Ken, what would you like to have most now?
Ken:  Time. Because when I play golf at the weekend and return home, I still want to do it again. What about you?
Tom:  Money. If I had money, I would like to travel in Japan.

This course is designed for learners who want to progress more quickly than the standard Beginners course and requires around five hours self-study per week. Students completing this course are able to transfer directly to Pre-Intermediate 1.

The course is taught in English and Japanese and includes coverage of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and a balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar exercise.


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.

This will be achieved through 40 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 30 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 10 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.

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Entry Requirements and Progression Route

For the first stage of Japanese Accelerated Beginners, no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join the second term of the course you need to have completed Japanese Beginners 1 and 2 respectively at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (20 hours per each sub-level).

Related Information

See more information on the Japanese language and courses in Japanese offered at SOAS Language Centre on the Japanese Language Homepage.

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