What is the course about?
To enable you to communicate at basic level in spoken Japanese and to build up your basic knowledge and extend your range of vocabulary.
What will we cover?
Greeting friends; place/location; talking about the weekend; compliments, visiting other company, asking your
way at the station or bus stop, practice of Hiragana.It would also be useful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as nouns and verbs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Ask your way on public transport
- Talk and ask about the weekend
- Use basic verbs (eat, drink, watch, see, read, do, etc.) in the past and present forms
- Talk about your daily routine using basic verbs
- Use various particles and wh- questions
- Describe things using I and Na adjectives
- Use modifying nouns / adjective + noun
- Conjugation of I and na adjective
- Compliment your friends
- Write all Hiragana and Katakana.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Near beginners -It is essential to have basic knowledge of Japanese grammar. You should have attended Japanese 1 module 1, lessons 1-6 of Japanese for Busy People 1 or have an equivalent knowledge of the language. You should also need to be able to read all Hiragana.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, etc).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Textbook: Japanese for Busy People 1 - Kana Version (Kodansha International). Lessons 6,7,10 12 & 14.
Please try: Grant and Cutler at Foyles-www.foyles.co.uk/languages (020 7437 5660).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Japanese beginners: module 3. Please enrol as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details