Japanese SSC course descriptions

Beginners

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The course aims for the 'survival level' of conversation and the basic grammar necessary for the Beginner's level, together with the introduction of Japanese customs, culture and life in Japan. This course is ideal for those who have no or little knowledge of Japanese and want to experience the flavour of the language and learn some basic language skills.

We emphasise communicative skills, using pair work, role play and conversation practice. The first set of Japanese scripts, called Hiragana, is introduced and gradually taught so that students will be able to read and write Hiragana scripts. Some basic elements of Japanese grammar, as well as useful vocabulary and expressions, are introduced to enable students to understand the structure of the language.

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

  • greet one another; introduce themselves and one another, provide some basic information about themselves and the members of their family;
  • read numbers and be able to count in Japanese, say and ask the time, the days of the week and the months of the year;
  • talk about everyday activities: what you will do, when and where;
  • talk about where you will go when, with whom and how;
  • talk about things you like and dislike;
  • gain some cultural knowledge of Japan

Please note that this information is only indicative; the teacher will adapt the pace and areas covered to the requirements of the group.

Course materials

You are not required to purchase a textbook for this course. Handouts will be provided in class. However, the course will follow some of the content of the textbook Japanese for Busy People I (AJALT).

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the Japanese Coordinator, Dr Yuki Tokumaru, ytokum@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment informaton please visit our enrolment pages.

Improvers

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This course aims to extend and consolidate the language skills of the students who have successfully completed the Beginners course, have acquired some basic knowledge of Japanese grammar and are able to read and write Hiragana scripts. We also cover basic grammar and extend skills further depending on students’ ability. The course will start from some revision of the content of Beginners course and move on to the new language items. 

The emphasis remains on the spoken language but there will be plenty of opportunity to improve on your structural knowledge of the language and expand vocabulary as well as heightening your reading, writing and listening skills. Grammatical structures will be explained and leant through practice and inter-communication in pairs and groups.

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

  • ask someone not to do something and give a reason for it;
  • talk about what you are doing now;
  • talk about whether you have finished an activity;
  • talk about where you live, where you work and who your acquaintances are;
  • ask where something you are looking for is sold;
  • ask someone at a party or store about something you are interested in;
  • talk about someone's likes, skills, and interests;
  • introduce someone, giving details about where they live or work or what their interests are;
  • talk about what you want to do or where you want to live;
  • exchange information about a mutual interest;
  • talk about what you have to do and do not need to do;
  • talk and ask about ability and possibility;
  • talk about hobbies;
  • talk about the timing of your action (before and after) 

Please note that this information is only indicative; the teacher will adapt the pace and areas covered to the requirements of the group.

Course materials

The textbook used in class will be Japanese for Busy People I (Kana version, rev. 3rd edition) beginning with Lesson 21 and moving on to additional materials once the textbook is finished.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the Japanese Coordinator, Dr Yuki Tokumaru, ytokum@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment informaton please visit our enrolment pages.

Intermediate

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This course aims to develop further the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with an emphasis on oral skills. The course is designed for those who have completed around 120 hours of the language study, or those with equivalent language proficiency.

While the main focus is on conversation, more complex sentence patterns, as well as extensive vocabularies and expressions, will be learnt to reinforce students’ communication skills to deal with various situations.

Students are expected to be able to use Hiragana and Katakana fluently both in writing and reading. Kanji will be taught gradually and systematically as well.

Course materials

The textbook which will be followed in class will be Minna no Nihongo Shokyu II (2nd edition) - the main textbook and the Translation & Grammar Notes.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the Japanese Coordinator, Dr Yuki Tokumaru, ytokum@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment informaton please visit our enrolment pages.