What is the course about?
To enable you to communicate at basic level in spoken Japanese in everyday situations.
What will we cover?
Introduce yourself and others
Talk about nationalities and occupations
Talk about your schedule
Talk about the weather
Talk about your plans
Make enquiries and express your needs when shopping
Read useful street signs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Introduce yourself and greet people (names, nationalities and jobs)
- Use daily expressions
- Ask the time (international) at an airport or in the street
- Ask for the opening and closing times, start and ending times
- Shopping: ask for prices and buy what you want
- Order food and drinks
- Talk about the weather using adjectives
- Talk about your daily routine, using days of the week and months, etc.
- Talk about your weekend or holiday plan using verbs
- Read Hiragana.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at http://www.citylit.ac.uk/self-assess-your-level
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation.
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 ,Kana version, Revised 3rd edition Kodansha USA. Lessons 1-6. We recommend that students attend the first session before buying the textbook. 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 1 module 2. Please enrol as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.
Workshops: Writing part 2 (LJW12) - Taste Japan (LJW19) - Tokyo: an insider's guide (LJW21).
City Lit is also celebrating Japan throughout January to March so check out our website for all our workshops!