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Japanese Language Enrolment Module, Stages 2-5

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, 3, 4 or 5. You will be asked to take a placement test 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. 

After enrolling online, you will receive an email with 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

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.

Japanese 3

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.

Japanese 4

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.

Japanese 5

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.


Japanese 2, 3, 4 and 5 can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of a Certificate of Higher Education (Japanese 2, 3 and 4 only).

30 credits at level TBC

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    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.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the class you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. There is no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Sat 10-Oct-20 6pm-9pm

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