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Japanese Beginners 6

Course Times & Enrolment

Tuesdays from 3rd October 2017 (Code JA036-101) Tuesdays from
3rd October 2017 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
LG45 Paterson's Land • Tutor: Naoko Ueda BA PGCert
This course is now closed for enrolments
Tuesdays from 23rd January 2018 (Code JA036-201) Tuesdays from
23rd January 2018 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
G38 Patersons Land • Tutor: Ayumi Tsukahara
This course is now closed for enrolments
Thursdays from 19th April 2018 (Code JA036-301) Thursdays from
19th April 2018 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
M14 Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Maki Kubota
Sorry, this course is cancelled

Course Summary

This course is for someone who wishes to continue to learn Japanese beyond post-beginners. The course will cover all aspects of language learning - speaking, listening, reading, writing, communication and sociocultural knowledge. In order to develop communication skills (especially of using verbs in te-form), students will learn how to make a request not to do certain things, to talk about the states of things (i.e, work, life, knowledge etc.), to state what one likes, is good at, and wants to do. The course will introduce Kanji (Chinese characters) - the third scripts in the Japanese writing system.

Course Details

Content of Course

  • -Nai form of Verbs: ‘suwanai’, ‘tukawanai’, ‘tatanai’, ‘nomanai’, ‘toranai’, ‘akenai’, ‘shimenai’, ‘tomenai’, ‘konai’, and ‘shinai’
  • Making a request not to do certain things: ‘-naide kudasai’
  • Stating the condition of things:  ‘-te imasu’
  • Telling what one likes and dislikes: ‘sukidesu’
  • Talking about what one is good at doing: ‘jyozu desu’
  • Telling what one wants to do: verbs ‘-tai desu’
  • Consolidating Hiragana & Katakana reading and writing
  • Introducing the concept of Kanji

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

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed to meet specific needs
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly
  • Read and write simple texts on familiar topics in Hiragana and Katakana, and understand some very basic Kanji


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 21, 23-25.

Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2) Katsudoo 978-4-384-05754-6 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.