UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Japanese Level 3 plus

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of level 3.

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students to communicate in a wide range of daily situations and understand Japanese in many practical issues. Students will be given more sophisticated written texts after their abilities of reading and writing are further developed. Cultural awareness and knowledge of Japanese life style will be further developed during the course. Some of famous proverbs will be explained on the course.


  • Asking for directions / suggestions
  • Describing a cause and consequence

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Tea Ceremony  
  • Planning a ski holiday
  • Proverbs
  • Health
  • Incident
  • Annual events
  • Measurement, shapes and patterns
  • Making an excuse
  • Kimono

Linguistic structures/ Phonetics

Irregular rules of the pronunciation of Spoken Japanese


  • …とおりに、…
  • The conditional form
  • …ように、…
  • …ようになる ようにする
  • Passive verbs
  • Nominalising the phrase
  • …て、… (Expressing a cause and a consequence)
  • …かどうか、…
  • Expressions for giving & receiving, reflecting a relationship
  • 漢字(かんじ)

Learning resources


  • Course book: Minna no Nihongo (shokyu 2) (Lesson 34 – Lesson 41)  published by 3A Corporation
  • Other material: Minna no Nihongo 2 Translation & Grammatical Notes (Lesson 34 – Lesson 41)  published by 3A Corporation
  • Kihon kanji 500 Vol. 2  published by Bonjinsha Co.,Ltd

Useful websites

In addition there is a wide range of language learning materials for self-study in the Self-Access Centre.