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Japanese Elementary 3

Course Times & Enrolment

Wednesdays from 18th April 2018 (Code JA038-301) Wednesdays from
18th April 2018 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
5.02 Charteris Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Maki Kubota
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

This course is for someone who wishes to continue to learn Japanese beyond level 1. The course will cover all aspects of language learning - speaking, listening, reading, writing, communication and sociocultural knowledge. The topics to be covered are: giving and receiving advice, doing shopping, talking about family, searching for a lost item, describing objects and people. In order to develop communication skills, grammatical structures and new vocabulary will be introduced. Reading and writing basic Kanji will be covered in due course.

Course Details

Content of Course

Changing adjectives to adverbs

Doing something and coming back afterward: -te kimasu

Giving advice: -ta houga ii desu

Not Yet/ Already: mada / mou

Before … / After …: - maeni / - atode

Plain Form and casual conversation

Confession and seeking advice: -ndesu

When clause: - toki

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 short texts relating to matters in areas of immediate needs/familiar topics in Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanji.


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 II / Revised 3rd edition
ISBN 978-4-7700-3009-2

The course will cover Lessons 6 and 7.

Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2) Katsudoo 978-4-384-05754-6 C0081

Web Sources

Where appropriate web sources will be provided.

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided during the course.


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.