Japanese beginners: module 1
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Based on Japanese for Busy People 1, Kana version, revised 3rd edition (Kodansha International).
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: LJ101
Available start dates
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
To enable you to communicate at a basic level in spoken Japanese in everyday situations.
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?
Introduce yourself and others
Talk about nationalities and occupations
Basic everyday expressions
Ask and tell the time
Ask for prices
Say basic colours
Understand the Japanese writing system.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
3. What will I learn? By the end of the course you should be able to:
- Introduce yourself and greet people (names, nationalities and jobs)
- Use daily expressions on various occasions
- Ask the time at various places, including international time and opening and closing times at various locations
- Go shopping: ask for prices and buy what you want
- Read Kana.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For 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.
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 1-5 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 beginners module 2. Please enrol as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.
Please check the website for workshops.
Kiyomi started teaching Japanese in 2002. Since then, she has taught Japanese in the adult education sector at the various institutions and universities. She joined City Lit in 2013 and she has been teaching at all levels, from Beginners to Advanced classes. She is also working as a writer for a Japanese free paper where she writes about cultural information for Japanese people. She enjoys working both as a language teacher and a writer, as she likes to deepen her understanding of Japanese in its basic form, as well as developing her use of the language creatively. She’d like to spread her passion for the Japanese language to learners and believes that learning about a different cultural perspective is just as important and enjoyable as learning about the language itself.
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.