Japanese beginners: module 1

Course Dates: 14/01/20 - 31/03/20
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: EC Euston
Hiromi Yajima

Learn to speak Japanese, with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills, as well as reading Hiragana. Based on Japanese for Busy People 1, Kana version, revised 3rd edition (Kodansha International). Suitable for complete beginners.


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?

Complete beginners.

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!


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This is a perfect way to get to grips with beginners Japanese. No amount of practice during the course will prep you for the hiragana so definitely take the time to do some before the course even starts. Maybe even take an extra lesson on the subject??
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Review by Shay / (Posted on 04/04/2019)
Don't hesitate to do this course if you want to learn Japanese but think it is too difficult.
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Review by Peter / (Posted on 20/03/2019)
As soon as you start your first lesson you are encourage to speak Japanese and what better way to do it that having a native Japanese teacher?
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Review by Jose Marin / (Posted on 20/03/2019)
Go for it.
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Review by Neil / (Posted on 08/12/2018)
That it caters for all abilities, uses different methods of teaching. Support is very good in the class and learning in a fun interactive way.
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Review by Wendy / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
it is easy to follow and the tutor makes it fun
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
I love this course excellent teaching
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Review by juan roldan / (Posted on 03/12/2018)
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Course Code: LJ120

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Tue, eve, 14 Jan - 31 Mar '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £229.00
Concession: £140.00

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