Japanese: Kanji Theory & Practice

Course Dates: 10/07/24 - 24/07/24
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Further develop your knowledge of kanji, the kanji system and your writing skills. Suitable if you have completed 'Japanese writing for beginners', parts 1 and 2, or equivalent, and comfortable with Kana.
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Japanese: Kanji Theory & Practice
  • Course Code: LBJ02
  • Dates: 10/07/24 - 24/07/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 21:00
  • Taught: Wed, Evening
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Chikako Nakagawa

Course Code: LBJ02

Wed, eve, 10 Jul - 24 Jul '24

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The emphasis will be on developing your knowledge and writing skills of kanji and its system. This course will enable you to write and pronounce many different kanji characters and to be able to use the kanji dictionary.

What will we cover?

Kanji in groups (animal, adjectives, family title or verbs),sentences in kanji, hiragana, katakana, Kun-reading and On-reading, kanji with Bushu (= radical ), compound words (Jyukugo- 2 or more kanji in one word).

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

-Recognise kanji origins from radicals
-Check the meaning of kanji with the number of strokes or radicals
-Write more kanji compound words
-Write sentences using kanji, hiragana & katakana
-Read and understand Japanese menu, flyers or street sign written in kana and kanji
-Use the kanji dictionary and find kanji meanings ( Online, hardcover or app ).

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

The level is suitable from post-beginners ( after 2 years learning Japaneses ) to intermediate level. Suitable if you have completed Japanese Writing for Beginner part 1 & 2 or equivalent. Comfortable to read and write Kana.
You should familiarise yourself with a kanji dictionary before the course as it will be used in class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

active students’ interaction
pair and group
use of realia, pictures and authentic material
use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
There will be some homework in between sessions.

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

A pencil & rubber
Online dictionary https://jisho.org/
Optional / A kanji dictionary covering over 2000 kanji characters.

We recommend The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary [Paperback] - Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd; (New edition).ISBN-10: 1568364296 | ISBN-13: 978-1568364292

There is also app version of this dictionary, please ask tutor before purchasing it.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please ask the tutor for information regarding Japanese language courses.

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.