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From Beginners to the more advanced - join us to learn Japanese with the experts

At a glance

  • Evening Class
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • 2 hours taught time per week
  • Various levels
  • Fees from £210 to £395
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
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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.

Japanese Evening Classes Timetable
MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays
 18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00 -- 18:00 - 20:00
Japanese Beginners
Satoko Kataoka
SALC 6 (TBC)
Japanese Beginners
Shoko Middleton
CLCC S303 A (TBC)
  Japanese Pre-Intermediate
Yuko Hashimoto
SALC 9 (TBC)
Japanese Post-Beginners
Yuko Hashimoto
SALC 10 (TBC)
Japanese Intermediate
Mariko Smith
Sherfield 402 (TBC)
   
Italian classes timetable

Japanese course descriptions

Beginners

Japanese imageThis 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.

Post-Beginners

Japanese imageThis 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.

Pre-Intermediate

Japanese imageThis 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.

Intermediate

Japanese imageThis 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.

Course Information

Course Materials

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 Beginners

  • 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.

Japanese Post-Beginners

  • 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.

Japanese Pre-Intermediate

  • Minna no Nihongo 1 (2nd edition), Main Textbook and Translation and Grammar Notes (used as main textbook)

Japanese Intermediate

  • Minna no Nihongo 2 (2nd edition) Main Textbook and Translation and Grammar Notes

Other materials will be supplied by the teacher.

Level advice

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), y.tokumaru@imperial.ac.uk

Your Tutor

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), y.tokumaru@imperial.ac.uk

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20  £395    (Early Bird Rate: £360*) £230    (Early Bird Rate: £210*)
£305    (Early Bird Rate: £280*) 
* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before 30 September for courses starting in October   |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to 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).
  • 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 email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of Friends of Imperial College 
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. 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 Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 40  20 14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)* 6 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (11 weeks) n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable 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 before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible students receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

Contact details for questions regarding the content and teaching of our Japanese courses: Dr Yuki Tokumaru (Japanese Coordinator), y.tokumaru@imperial.ac.uk