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Japanese Pre-Intermediate Course

Duration: 3 terms, 10 weeks per term. 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.

The course aims to teach Japanese to learners who have completed the beginners levels of spoken Japanese with the knowledge of approximately 150 kanji, and to further develop communicative skills in a wide range of contexts.

Students completing this course are able to progress to Japanese Intermediate, or B1 level in Common European Framework (for more details please see  CEFR Language Level Specifications (pdf; 116kb)  )


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 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 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.

Online Course Requirements

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Our course materials page shows you what you need to buy for this course. Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop

Entry Requirements and Progression Route

To be able to join Japanese Pre-Intermediate 1 you should have completed a Japanese Elementary course at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (approx. 120 hours). The progression route from Japanese Pre-Intermediate 1 is to Japanese Pre-Intermediate 2; from Pre-Intermediate 2 to Japanese Pre-Intermediate 3. Upon successful completion of Japanese Pre-Intermediate 3 you will be able to progress to the Intermediate level course in Japanese.

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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