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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 £220 to £410
  • Imperial College Attendance Certificate (T&Cs apply)
  • Book from 15 August
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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 Post-Beginners
Yuko Hashimoto
Online course
Japanese Beginners [NOW FULL]
Mariko Smith
Online course
  Japanese Beginners
Satoko Kataoka
Online course
  Japanese Intermediate
Shoko Middleton
Online course
   
Italian classes timetable

Course delivery

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'.

Attendance certificate

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

Beginners

Japanese imageThis 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.

Post-Beginners

Japanese imageThis 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.

Pre-Intermediate

Japanese imageCOURSE 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.

Intermediate

Japanese imageThis 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.

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 Delivery

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.

Zoom

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.

All courses lasting two hours have a 10 minute break in the middle.  For one hour courses there is no break.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20  £410    (Early Bird Rate: £370*)
£240    (Early Bird Rate: £220*) £320    (Early Bird Rate: £290*) 
* 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

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 the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • 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
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

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  before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 40  20 19 Oct - 18 Dec 2020 (9 weeks)*  PLUS 11 Jan - 26 Mar 2021 (11 weeks) n/a n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 15 August

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 sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working daysPlease treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Any Questions?

  • Questions regarding the content and teaching of your course should be sent to Dr Yuki Tokumaru (Japanese Coordinator) at y.tokumaru@imperial.ac.uk
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk