Year of entry2017
We offer Japanese language courses from beginner to advanced levels:
- Japanese 1 (beginner level)
- Japanese Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5 (subject to Placement Test) (upper beginner level through to proficiency).
Japanese Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5 is the general enrolment course for all students wishing to study Japanese 2-5. You will be asked to take a placement test and you may need to attend an interview, to enable us to assess your current level of knowledge and place you on an appropriate course. Below is some information about what is studied at each stage and practical details about the location, days and times of the classes.
After enrolling online, you will receive an email with a link to the placement test and instructions about how to submit it. You can also enrol in person at the Student Advice Service or by phone on +44 (0)20 7631 6316. You should then call the Cultures and Languages Office on +44 (0)20 7631 6113/6170 and they will send you a placement test.
Japanese 2 builds on Japanese 1. You will aim to make yourself understood in simple social and work situations, including talking about hobbies, describing past activities, conveying your intentions and communicating your opinions. Through guided practice you will increase your listening comprehension in face-to-face situations. Using the approximately 200 basic kanji characters you will have acquired by the end of the course, you will read texts that you may encounter in everyday life and some business settings, and compose messages and basic documents.
Classes are offered on a Tuesday, 6pm-9pm, and a Saturday, 10am-1pm, in central London, commencing on Tuesday 3 October 2017 and Saturday 7 October 2017.
Japanese 3 aims to extend grammar learnt in Japanese 2, and introduces you to differing levels of language politeness. Your increased conversational skills will enable you to provide explanations, pass on messages, make recommendations and predictions, and confirm information. With the approximately 400 kanji characters acquired by the end of this course, you will aim to read progressively complex sentence structures and compose messages connected with everyday personal and professional affairs.
Classes are offered on a Wednesday, 6pm-9pm, and a Saturday 10am-1pm, in central London, commencing on Wednesday 4 October 2017 and Saturday 7 October 2017.
Japanese 4 builds on holistic skills you acquired in Japanese 3. You will begin to express your own views on current social and cultural issues both in conversational exchange and in writing. With about 500-550 kanji acquired by the end of this course, you will be able to read a wide range of texts including written directions, instructions and reports, short essays and articles in magazines and on internet sites with the help of dictionary and other reference materials.
Classes are offered on a Saturday, 10am-1pm in central London, starting in the week commencing on Saturday 7 October 2017.
Japanese 5 enables you to progress to an advanced level of language proficiency, with an emphasis on developing your reading and listening skills. You will acquire experience in understanding audiovisual materials like Japanese TV news and films, and sustaining complex conversations in social, cultural and business situations, using appropriate speech and politeness forms. You will also develop your reading comprehension - including scanning, skimming and in-depth reading techniques - using original texts from a variety of sources and fields. With your knowledge of around 800 kanji characters, you will practise writing substantial reports and essays based on the texts read and discussed in class.
Classes are offered on a Saturday, 2pm-5pm, in central London, commencing on Saturday 7 October 2017.
This Short Course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.
30 credits at level TBC
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.
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How to apply
You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.
First class: Tue 03-Oct-17 6pm-9pm
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