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Japanese Beginners 4

Course Times & Enrolment

Mondays from 1st October 2018 (Code JA033-102) Mondays from
1st October 2018 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
2.02 Charteris Land, Holyrood campus • Tutor: Suhyun Kang BA
This course is now closed for enrolments
Thursdays from 4th October 2018 (Code JA033-103) Thursdays from
4th October 2018 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
3.13 Charteris Land, Holyrood campus • Tutor: Naoko Ueda BA PGCert
This course is now closed for enrolments
Mondays from 15th April 2019 (Code JA033-302) Add to Basket Mondays from
15th April 2019 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
Holyrood campus • Tutor: Naoko Ueda BA PGCert
£143.00 Concessions and discounts

Course Summary

Our Beginners courses are targeted at those who want to develop an initial basic competence (CEFR A1) in the language. The focus is on developing the ability to make themselves understood and to understand language used in the most basic of everyday situations. Basic grammatical structures and frequent vocabulary are presented, explained and practised to facilitate this.

Japanese will cover similar ground to other languages but over 6, not 3, terms.

In choosing where to start (Beginners 1 to 6), students should consult the information on pre-requisites. 

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students should be familiar with the following:

  • Describing relationship : own family, someone else’s family

  • Frequency words: ‘yoku’, ‘tokidoki’, ‘amari’, ‘zenzen’

  • Verbs: ‘kikimasu’, ‘kakimasu’, ‘okurimasu’, ‘aimasu’, ‘denwa o shimasu’

  • Questions word: ‘donna’

  • Adjectives: -i adj., -na adj. (present affirmative, present negative)

  • Particles: ‘de (location)’, ‘ni (location)’, ‘ni (toward)’ ‘to’

  • Describing one’s schedule

  • Ordering food at restaurant and pay: ‘onegaishimasu’

  • Reasoning word: ‘kara’

  • Talking about the characteristics of things and people

  • Using basic greetings when visiting people or receiving guests

  • Katakana reading and writing

(Japanese for Busy People I, Kana version Lessons 10-12)

 (Japanese for Busy People Kana Workbook pp.52–84)


If you have any queries, please contact .

Special Information



Content of Course

The following will be covered across Beginners 1 to 6:

  • Greetings
  • Nationalities and occupations
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Counting, alphabet, spelling, dates, days, etc.
  • Telling the time
  • The most frequent and basic structures for talking about the present
  • The most frequent and basic structures for talking about the past
  • Coping with basic travel situations – directions, at the airport, train station, etc.
  • Talking about family, your town, holidays, clothes, your home, transport, food and drink
  • Money, ordering and paying in cafes and shops
  • Making and accepting invitations

The aim is for students to learn to understand others and make themselves understood in these areas. Basic grammar and vocabulary will be presented and practised in the contexts above.

Students of Japanese will also learn to decipher and produce the script at a basic level.  

The above is a sample of the core topics typically covered at Beginners level and gives an indication of the likely content of the course. The content will vary from language to language.

Teaching method(s)

The emphasis of all of our courses is speaking and listening. The lessons focus on language that is required for communicating in real situations.

The lessons include whole class activities and pair or small group work, role-play, responding to short texts and dialogues and watching video clips. Grammar is introduced in context. More extensive written exercises and reading texts are normally only set as homework.

Learning is assessed informally throughout the course with the teacher providing feedback on practice tasks at the end of the course in revision and tests.

Typically, the primary language used in the class is the language being learnt.

Learning outcomes

On completion of all 6 Beginners courses, students will be able to

  • communicate in the most basic everyday situations

  • introduce themselves and others

  • ask and answer questions about personal details such as where people live, what people know and the things people have.

By the end of the courses, students will have reached the equivalent of level A1 in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):


Core Readings

To study this course you will need the course book. Your tutor will advise you on the purchase of the textbook at your first class.

Japanese for Busy People I, Kana version / Revised 3rd edition
ISBN 978-4-7700-3009-2

The course will cover Lessons 13-16.

Marugoto Starter (A1) Katsudoo 978-4-384-05752-2 C0081

Class Handouts

Handouts supplementary to the coursebook.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.