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Japanese Beginners 4

Course Times & Enrolment

Thursdays from 5th October 2017 (Code JA033-101) Thursdays from
5th October 2017 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
5.04 Charteris Land • Tutor: Nana Barker
This course is now closed for enrolments
Wednesdays from 18th April 2018 (Code JA033-301) Wednesdays from
18th April 2018 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Suhyun Kang BA
Sorry, this course is cancelled

Course Summary

This course is for someone who wishes to continue to learn Japanese beyond post-beginners level. The course will cover all aspects of language learning - speaking, listening, reading, writing, communication and sociocultural knowledge. The topics to be covered are: giving complements, expressing gratitude, making comments, invitations, offering some help. Students will continue to study reading and writing Hiragana and Katakana.

Course Details

Content of Course

  • Giving presents and complements: verbs ‘agemasu’, ‘kuremasu’, ‘moraimasu’
  • Adjectives: -i adj., -na adj. (past affirmative, past negative)
  • Asking for opinion: ‘do deshitaka’
  • Making comments: using the adverbs of degree ‘totemo’, ‘sugoku’, ‘sukoshi’, ‘chotto’; ‘amari’, ‘zenzen’
  • Invitations: the information on an event ‘-de –ga arimasu’, verb forms ‘-masenka’, ‘-mashou’, acceptance/refusal, vocabulary for events & activities
  • Making suggestions: verb form ‘-mashouka’
  • Offering some help: verb forms, acceptance/refusal
  • Consolidating Hiragana & Katakana reading and writing

Teaching method(s)

The emphasis in this course is on speaking and listening. The lessons  will focus on language that is required for communicating in real situations.

The lessons will include whole class activities and pair or small group work, role-play, watching videos and listening to CDs. Grammar is introduced in context. Extensive written exercises and reading texts are normally only set as homework.

In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, you will need to devote 1-2 hours outwith classes to revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared
  • Read and write simple texts on familiar topics in Hiragana, Katakana


Core Readings

To study this course you will need to purchase 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


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.