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Japanese Beginners 1

Course Times & Enrolment

Mondays from 2nd October 2017 (Code JA045-101) Mondays from
2nd October 2017 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
LG49 Paterson's Land • Tutor: Akihiko Shimizu MA, PhD
This course is now closed for enrolments
Thursdays from 5th October 2017 (Code JA045-102) Thursdays from
5th October 2017 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
2.01 Thomson's Land • Tutor: Naoko Ueda BA PGCert
Please call us to enrol on this course
Tuesdays from 23rd January 2018 (Code JA045-201) Tuesdays from
23rd January 2018 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
LG48 Patersons Land • Tutor: Suhyun Kang BA
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

This course is for anyone who wishes to start Japanese from scratch. The course will cover all aspects of language learning - speaking, listening, reading, writing, communication and socio-cultural knowledge. In order to develop communication skills, it will introduce basic grammatical structures. The course will also introduce Hiragana - the first scripts in the Japanese writing system.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge required.

Content of Course

  • Introducing oneself and exchanging personal information: names, addresses, nationalities, hobbies.
  • Greetings and useful expressions
  • KO/SO/A/Do words
  • Making a statement and asking a question
  • Numbers & Counters
  • Question words: ‘Nan’, ‘Ikura’, ‘Ikutsu’
  • Telling the time
  • Making a request: ‘- kudasai’ and ‘-te kudasai’
  • Weather
  • Shopping
  • Particles: ‘to’,’kara’ & ’made’, ‘no’
  • Food and drink
  • Ordering menu
  • Existence of things: ‘arimasuka’
  • Hiragana 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:

  • Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics;
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help;
  • Recognise Hiragana.


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 Kana Workbook / Revised 3rd edition
ISBN: 978-4-7700-3037-5
The course will cover pp.1–22.

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.