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Japanese Pre-Advanced Course

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1 term per sub-level; 10 weeks per term
Attendance mode
Part-time, online/blended learning

Course overview

This course is for learners who have completed upper Intermediate level, with a knowledge of approximately 600+ kanji. Students will start using semi-authentic materials and work towards greater fluency in communicative Japanese.

Students completing this course are able to progress to Japanese Advanced, or C1 level in Common European Framework. For more details please see language proficiency levels CEFR). This course is delivered by the Language Centre


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 page shows you what you need to buy for this course.

Entry requirements and progression route

To be able to join Japanese Pre-Advanced 1 you should have completed a Japanese Upper-Intermediate course at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (approx. 300 hours). The progression route from Japanese Pre-Advanced 1 is to Japanese Pre-Advanced 2; from Pre-Advanced 2 to Japanese Pre-Advanced 3. Upon successful completion of Japanese Pre-Advanced 3 you will be able to progress to the Advanced level course in Japanese.

Please note, that each term, courses are subject to quorum requirements.

For course dates and information, please see our timetables


Japanese Pre-Advanced 1

In this course you will:

  • describe the situation of people and objects at present or in the past, eg. reporting a robbery or accident (speaking)
  • obtain information about an incident/accident (listening to audio and reading newspaper articles)
  • express one’s intention/feelings and offer or seek advice (eg. about one’s job)
  • Introduce oneself (including one’s personality/tendency) and also to understand others’ self-introduction in various situations
  • Write a thank you letter using correct register
  • Be able to read and write 600 kanji

Japanese Pre-Advanced 2

In this course you will:

  • explain your thoughts and also to comprehend others’ ideas about objects in informal situations (listening to audio and reading various articles written from the different viewpoints)
  • write a short report about others’ ideas after discussion in correct register
  • read and understand description of places
  • describe and write an essay about a place (most memorable place)
  • be able to read and write 630 kanji

Japanese Pre-Advanced 3

In this course you will:

  • obtain information about museums/events from brochures/by internet and write a report
  • report on the information obtained from brochures/the internet to the class; listen and understand other’s reports
  • express one’s opinion/ideas politely(indirectly) and understand others’ opinions/ideas
  • read interviews/readers’ letters to the editor and understand others’ opinions/ideas
  • be able to read and write 670 kanji

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.

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See the full list of Language Centre short courses in Japanese on the Japanese language homepage

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