From Beginners to the more advanced - join us to learn Japanese with the experts
At a Glance
- Live online course
- Various levels
- 2 hours a week
- Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
- 20 weeks: October to March
- Fees from £230 to £420
- Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
- Book from 2 August
Learning a new language is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. Not only does it open up new possibilities for travel and employment, but it can lead to new insights into cultures from all over the world.
Learning a language is enjoyable too, with new friendships formed at our classes bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in the language you are studying.
With our expert tutors on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.
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|Japanese Beginners [NOW FULL]
This is a live-taught online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course delivery'.
Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.
Japanese course descriptions
This 20-week Beginners course is mainly focused on the “survival level” of conversation and the basic grammar necessary for that level, together with the introduction to Japanese customs and life in Japan. The first set of Japanese scripts, called Hiragana, is gradually taught so that students can expect to be able to read and write Hiragana script by the end of the course.
We emphasise communicative skills, using role play, pair work and conversation practice. Some homework may be set. Although not compulsory, it may be advisable to do some work at home.
This 20-week Post-Beginners course aims to extend and consolidate the language skills of students who have successfully completed the Beginners course, or equivalent, and have acquired a basic knowledge of Japanese grammar and are able to read and write Hiragana scripts.
The second set of Japanese scripts, called Katakana, will be taught in the course so that students can read and write Katakana words used in the textbooks.
Although the main focus is on conversation, we go over the basic grammar and extend it to a further stage depending on students’ ability in the class.
COURSE CANCELLED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT INTEREST
20-week Pre-Intermediate 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 a Post-Beginners course, 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.
This 20-week Intermediate course aims to help expand the student's breadth of conversation with more complex, yet familiar subject matters to be encountered in everyday life in Japan.
The course is designed for those who have completed the Pre-Intermediate course or those who have completed at least 120 hours’ language study.
Students taking this course should be able to use complicated structures with different conjugation patterns, such as te-form, nai-form, plain (dictionary) form, ta-form, fluently. The course will help students develop a more advanced command of the language with a wider range of vocabulary and expressions. Students are expected to learn and use more Kanji as well.
Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course. Progress through the course and textbook will depend on the group dynamics of the class.
- Japanese for Busy People I (Kana Version), ISBN 978-1568363851 plus accompanying CD.
In general, we proceed one chapter per week so that, by the end of the course, lessons 1-20 will have been covered. This will include the present and past tenses of verbs as well as adjectives. A variety of work sheets are also used as required.
- Minna no Nihongo 1 (2nd edition), Main Textbook and Translation and Grammar Notes (used as main textbook)
However, we may possibly start the course with the Beginners course book, Japanese for Busy People I, and complete it before moving on to Minna no Nihongo 1.
- Minna no Nihongo 1 (2nd edition), Main Textbook and Translation and Grammar Notes (used as main textbook)
- Minna no Nihongo 2 (2nd edition) Main Textbook and Translation and Grammar Notes
Other materials will be supplied by the teacher.
Choosing the right language level is very important and we aim to make the process of deciding which is the right course level for you as simple as possible.
If you are a complete beginner you should, of course, enrol on a Beginner's Course.
If you have some experience in the language you wish to study please first review our course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. Especially if you are out of practice in a language, or have been out of formal education for a while, please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment.
Contact details for course-level advice: Dr Yuki Tokumaru (Japanese Coordinator), firstname.lastname@example.org
All tutors on our language programmes are native speakers with a great deal of experience in teaching languages to beginners and the more advanced. Tutor contact details are provided in the programme pack which will be emailed to you just prior to the start of term.
Contact details for questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications: Dr Yuki Tokumaru (Japanese Coordinator), email@example.com
Course Delivery: Live Online Taught Courses
All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.
All times stated are British Standard Time.
To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.
This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.
Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.
We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.
Talks and any participants' questions will be recorded. If you do not want your image or sound to be recorded please ensure the camera and microphone on the device you are using to access the course is switched off.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|40||20|| £420 (Early Bird Rate: £380*)
||£250 (Early Bird Rate: £230*)||£330 (Early Bird Rate: £300*)|
|* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October only | All fee rates quoted are for the whole 2-term course.|
Rate Categories and Discounts
- Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.
- Current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors)
- Individuals enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme
- Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra
- Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should contact firstname.lastname@example.org before completing the online enrolment form
- Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
- Austrian Cultural Forum staff
- City & Guilds College Association members
- Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
- Friends and Patrons of the English Chamber Orchestra
- Harrods staff
- Historic Royal Palaces staff
- Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
- Members of the Friends of Imperial College
- Members of the Kennel Club
- Members of the London Zoological Society
- Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Natural History Museum staff
- National Health Service (NHS) employees
- Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
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- Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
- Royal Geographical Society staff
- Science Museum staff
- Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
- Students (non-Imperial College)
- Teachers and other staff of UK schools
- Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
- Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
- Victoria and Albert Museum staff
It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.
Applicable terms & conditions
Please read the Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.
|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term||Summer School|
|40||20||18 Oct - 18 Dec 2021 (9 weeks)* PLUS||10 Jan - 26 Mar 2022 (11 weeks)||n/a||n/a|
|* Followed by the Christmas break|
Web enrolment starts 2nd August 2021
Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:
- Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
- First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
- The booking process involves entering payment details after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
- The following email notifications are sent:
|What is sent||When is it sent||What does it contain|
|1. Payment confirmation||Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application||
|2. Enrolment confirmation||Is sent within 10 working days. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received||
|3. Programme information||Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts||
|If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756