Japanese beginners: module 2

Course Dates: 20/01/22 - 07/04/22
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
Suitable if you have completed beginners module 1 or equivalent. Continue learning 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 2nd or 3rd edition (Kodansha International).
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00

Course Code: LJ121

Available start dates 

Thu, eve, 20 Jan - 07 Apr '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? languages@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2644

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

To enable you to communicate at basic level in spoken Japanese and to build up your basic knowledge and extend your range of vocabulary.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Japanese For Busy People L6, 7 & 10

Talk about where you will go, when and with whom,
Talk about travel destinations, places and people to visit, date and times and means of transportation
Talk about everyday doings-what you will do, when and where
Describe things using adjectives
Practice of Hiragana & Katakana

It would also be useful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as nouns and verbs.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Ask your way on public transport
- Talk and ask about the weekend
- Use basic verbs (eat, drink, watch, see, read, do, etc.) in the past and present forms
- Talk about your daily routine using basic verbs
- Use various particles and wh- questions
-Use some basic adjectives
- Write all Hiragana and Katakana.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Near beginners -It is essential to have basic knowledge of Japanese grammar. You should have attended Japanese 1 module 1, lessons 1-6 of Japanese for Busy People 1 or have an equivalent knowledge of the language. You should also need to be able to read all Hiragana.

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?

Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.
Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Textbook: Japanese for Busy People 1 - Kana Version (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 beginners: module 3. Please enrol as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.
Please check the website for related workshops.

Chikako Nakagawa

Chika has over 27 years of experience as a Japanese teacher, 23 of which she has spent at City Lit. Her work was recognised with a Teacher of the Year award in 2017. She has a teaching diploma and a Degree in Fine Art. Since coming to the UK from Yokuska, Japan, in the late 1980s, Chika travelled extensively as a performance artist, taught Zig and Zag Japanese on the Big Breakfast TV show, and wrote pieces about Japanese life for various publications. Chika encourages her students to experience every aspect of Japanese culture, which she supports by introducing food, onsen, music and etiquette in her classes, as well as running special film night events at City Lit. Chika is constantly researching new methods to introduce students to the joy of learning, encouraging self- discovery and connection through class activities. Chika’s love of art and performance is reflected in her inspirational teaching materials, including original hand drawn certificates for student achievements which are displayed in the City Lit 100 years exhibition. Teaching and learning Japanese is a joy that Chika wants to share with everyone.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.