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Japanese 1.3

Course Times & Enrolment

Mondays from 21st April 2014 (Code K3356) Add to Basket Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm • (10 classes) Room LG48, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Akihiko Shimizu .
£110.00/£73.00 concessions
Thursdays from 24th April 2014 (Code K3357) Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm • (10 classes) Holyrood Road, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Ayumi Tsukahara .
Sorry, this course is cancelled

Course Summary

This course is for someone who wishes to continue to learn Japanese beyond the beginner’s stage. 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 You will also study Katakana - the second scripts in the Japanese writing system.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Japanese 1.2 or equivalent.

Content of Course

  • Describing relationship : own family, someone else’s family
  • Frequency words: yoku, tokidoki, amari, zenzen
  • Verb: kikimasu, kakimasu, okurimasu, aimasu, denwa o shimasu
  • Questions words ‘donna’
  • Adjectives ; -i adj. -na adj. (present affirmative, present negative)
  • Particle ‘de (location)’, ‘ni (location)’, ‘ni (toward)’ ‘to’
  • Describing our own schedule
  • Order food at restaurant and pay: ‘onegaishimasu’
  • Give a brief reason: ‘kara’
  • Talk about the characteristics of things and people
  • Use basic greetings when visiting people or receiving guests
  • Acquiring Katakana reading and writing

Teaching method(s)

The course is tutorial based with a combination of whole class activity and pair/group work; use of audio-visual material as teaching aids (ICTs, audiotapes, CDs, videos and DVDs).
In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, you will need to devote some time out with the classes for revision and to do homework.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Ask and answer simple questions in areas of familiar topics;
  • Describe an impression in simple way;
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help;
  • Understand very short, simple Hiragana and Katakana texts on familiar topics.


Core Readings

To study this course you will need to purchase the course books. 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

Japanese for Busy People Kana Workbook / Revised 3rd edition
ISBN: 978-4-7700-3037-5

Course Book 1– the course will cover Lesson 10 - 12
Course Book 2 – the course will cover p.52 - 84

Web Sources

Where appropriate Web sources will be provided.

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided during the course.

Student support

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