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Japanese Upper Intermediate 4

Course Times & Enrolment

Thursdays from 19th April 2018 (Code JA044-301) Thursdays from
19th April 2018 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
2.02 Charteris Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Akihiko Shimizu MA, PhD
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

Continuation of the independent stage. The aim is to enable students to deal with most situations likely to arise when travelling in Japan. The course will cover all aspects of language learning - speaking, listening, reading, writing and aspects of Japanese culture and society. Students will consolidate existing grammar topics and learn more complex structures. By the end of the course, they should be fairly confident in talking about aspects of everyday life. More Kanji will be covered during the course.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students should have completed Japanese Upper Intermediate 3 or JLPT level 4 to 3, or have otherwise acquired a similar level of proficiency.

Content of Course

  • Revision and consolidation of vocabulary and grammar from previous courses (all term);
  • travelling: asking for information for travel plans, reading leaflets to choose the tour that suits your interest the most
  • Explaining and retrieving a lost item while on a trip
  • Cancelling an appointment
  • Understanding an analysis of a piece of research and discussing the findings
  • Talking about trends in daily life
  • Using an article to support your opinion
  • Reading short stories and poems in Kana and Kanji and discussing your thoughts on it.

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:

  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party;
  • Entering unprepared into a conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events);
  • Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions and in her/his specialisation;
  • Produce clear, detailed text on a wider range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various opinions in Kana and 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.


Dekiru Nihongo: Chukyu Honsatsu. Ed. Kazuko Shimada. Tokyo: Alc, 2013. ISBN 978-4-7574-2278-0

(『できる日本語 中級』嶋田和子 監修、株式会社アルク)

Web Sources

Where appropriate, web sources will be provided.

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided by the tutor throughout 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.