Language Centre

Japanese Beginners 1 Online - semi-intensive course August 2024

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6 August - 5 September 2024
Attendance mode
Part-time, online/blended learning

Course overview

This 5 week course introduces basic grammatical forms and essential frequent vocabulary and establishes a solid foundation in all four key language skills.

Participants on the course will have opportunities to practice communicating in Japanese in class on daily topics, such as routines and activities, hobbies and habits, etc. The course provides complete beginners of Japanese with a basic grounding in in Japanese pronunciation and in the Hiragana and Katakana syllabaries. By the end of the course, participants are expected to be able to and read and write short simple texts in the appropriate script. This course is delivered by the Language Centre.

Japanese Beginners 1 Semi-Intensive Online (43580) August 2024 timetable:

Tuesday6 August7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday8 August7pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday13 August7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday15 August7pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday20 August7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday22 August7pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday27 August7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday29 August7pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday3 September7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday5 September7pm - 8:30pm


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. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.


Our course materials shows you what you need to buy for this course. Course materials are not included in the course fee.


  • £299

Please see our course fees for full information and discounts available.


Japanese Beginners 1

In this course you will:

  • exchange greetings
  • recognise Japanese characters
  • get used to the sounds of Japanese
  • use basic classroom expressions
  • write name and country in Japanese
  • give simple self-introduction
  • read prices
  • go shopping
  • recognise opening and closing times of a shop
  • talk about routine activities

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules

Terms and conditions

Before applying, please be sure that you have read the SOAS Language Centre terms and conditions

How to apply

This Japanese Beginner 1 course is aimed at complete beginners. No prior language knowledge is required. 

Please note that places are first come first served. Enrolments are taken until the course is fully booked, or up to midnight 23 July, whichever is soonest.

Continuing your study

This Japanese Beginners 1 semi-intensive course is equivalent to the 10 week Japanese Beginners 1 level. Students who complete this may be able to join a Beginners 2 for the term starting October 2024, or a future term at SOAS Language Centre.

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