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SOAS Language Centre

Japanese Upper Intermediate 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 course at SOAS Language Centre in London aims to provide a continuation for learners who have completed the Intermediate level (post Minna no Nihongo book 1 and 2), with knowledge of approximately 450+ kanji. Students will start using semi-authentic materials and work beyond sentence level to a variety of discourses in communicative Japanese.


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 are able to progress to Japanese Pre-Advanced, or B2/C1 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 Upper Intermediate 1 you should have completed a Japanese Intermediate course at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (approx. 240 hours). The progression route from Japanese Upper Intermediate 1 is to Japanese Upper Intermediate 2; from Upper Intermediate 2 to Japanese Upper Intermediate 3. Upon successful completion of Japanese Upper Intermediate 3 you will be able to progress to the Pre-Advanced 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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