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Japanese Proficiency Course

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

Course overview

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.

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 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 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.

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

For course dates and information, please see our timetables


Japanese Proficiency 1/2/3

There are no set syllabi for Proficiency level, as we use authentic material on topics ranging current affairs, culture, history etc. The material includes:

  • Youtube clicks/films
  • various on-line news such as NHK
  • various articles from newspapers and magazines
  • literature
  • JLPT materials (N1/2)

You will work on advanced, more complex grammar and vocabulary to further improve your fluency and accuracy.

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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