SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Japanese Proficiency Course

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

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

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

This is an advanced Japanese course for learners with a higher level of spoken language and the knowledge of approximately 1000 kanji. The emphasis on reading authentic materials such as newspapers, watching and discussing television broadcasts, and correctly using formal expressions.


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.

Students completing this course will have acquired the highest level available for learners of Japanese as a foreign language - Proficiency, or C2 level in Common European Framework (for more details please see  CEFR Language Level Specifications (pdf; 116kb)  )

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 Proficiency 1 you should have completed a Japanese Advanced course at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (approx. 420 hours). The progression route from Japanese Proficiency 1 is to Japanese Proficiency 2; from Proficiency 2 to Japanese Proficiency 3.

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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