Prerequisite for entry
Successful completion of level 1.
10 x 2-hour classes.
Aims and objectives
The aim of the course is to enable students to function at a basic everyday survival level (basic vocabulary, grammar and phonetics). Students should be able to communicate in and understand Japanese on a number of practical everyday matters. Language learning skills, including autonomous learning and how to approach some authentic material will be enhanced. Also, students should develop their ability of reading and writing Hiragana and Katakana. Cultural awareness will be developed.
- Giving and receiving something from someone
- Using an adjective in a sentence
- Describing preference, ability or possession
- Using adverbs in a sentence.
- Indicating existence or presence of a thing(s) or person(s)
- Counting in Japanese
Main topics/themes to be covered:
- Offering drink and food
- Describing things using adjectives
- Talking about likes and dislikes
- Accepting or refusing an invitation in an amicable manner
- Asking about an existence or presence of a thing(s) or person(s)
- Ordering food and drink
- Expressing desires
- Reading and writing short messages
Linguistic structures/ Phonetics
Basic rules of the pronunciation of Spoken Japanese
- Adjectives: “i-adjectives” and “na-adjectives”
- Inflections of adjectives
- Verbs “arimasu” and “imasu”
- Comparative sentences
- Sentences in the superlative
- The tai form of verbs
- Course book: Minna no Nihongo (shokyu 1) (Lesson 7 – Lesson 13) published by 3A Corporation
- Other material: Minna no Nihongo 1 Translation & Grammatical Notes (Lesson 7 – Lesson 13) published by 3A Corporation
Oxford Beginner’s Japanese dictionary (Oxford University Press)
In addition there is a wide range of language learning materials for self-study in the Self-Access Centre.