Japanese course descriptions

Beginners

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This 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.

A course book, Japanese for Busy People I (Kana Version), ISBN 978-1568363851 and the accompanying CD are used together with a variety of work sheets as required. 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.

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.

A language laboratory is available for further self-study at all levels.

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

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

Post-Beginners

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course book before the start of the course.

This 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. 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.

The main textbooks of the course are Minna no Nihongo 1 (2nd edition), Main Textbook and Translation and Grammar Notes. 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.

A language laboratory is available for further self-study at all levels.

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

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

Pre-Intermediate

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This 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.

The main textbooks of the course are Minna no Nihongo 1 (2nd edition), Main Textbook and Translation and Grammar Notes.

A language laboratory is available for further self-study at all levels.

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

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

Intermediate

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This 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.

The textbook used for the course will be Minna no Nihongo 2 (2nd edition) Main Textbook and Translation and Grammar Notes, in addition to other materials supplied by the teacher.

A language laboratory is available for further self-study at all levels.

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

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