What is the course about?
You will learn to communicate more fully and fluently in a wider range of everyday situations and conversations, and develop a fuller understanding of Japanese culture and customs.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Textbook: Japanese for Busy People 1 Revised 3rd edition / Lessons 17, 18*,24* ( *partially )
Talk about weekend plans and travel plans
State what you will do in what order
Talk about schedules in detail
Ask someone to do something for you
Ask to have something delivered by a specific means from a store or office
Talk about someone’s likes, skills and interests.
Understanding simple Kanji in context
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Say sukidesu ( kiraidesu )
Make te-form of verbs according to the rules
Use a wide range of everyday verbs
Give instructions / tekudasa
Use various counters and colours
Read basic kanji characters
Understand Japanese current affairs or culture
Understand basic colloquial expressions.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed one year of beginners Japanese and Japanese 2 lower: module 1 , Japanese for Busy People 1 Revised 3rd edition, lessons 1- 16, 24 & 25 ) or have an equivalent knowledge of the language.
You should also be able to read Hiragana and Katakana.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, etc).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Textbook: Japanese for Busy People 1 Revised edition 3 / Lessons 17, 18 & 24 ( partially ) Kodansha International. Please try: Grant and Cutler at Foyles-www.foyles.co.uk/languages (020 7437 5660).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Japanese 2 lower: module 3. Please enrol as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.