Japanese, Arts and Culture

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Evening Japanese language course at the University of the Arts London (UAL) Language Centre in London. Learn Japanese and explore Japanese arts and culture at beginner level classes and above.

During your 8 week Japanese course you will be exposed to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional and practical uses. The Japanese classes focus on speaking, pronunciation, reading and on written communication.

Over the course of the programme, you will explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, at the same time as improving your ability to interact in the Japanese language.

The weekly classes take place at our High Holborn location, 3 minutes' walk from Holborn underground station in central London. Classes are from 6pm to 8.30pm one evening a week.

The course includes a termly cultural experience in collaboration with the UAL Social Programme, which is built into your language development.

See the Japanesecourse details section below for the full syllabus, overview and outcomes for the course.

Japanese course dates and fees

Term Two Part One Beginner - New (January - March 2018)
 
Term 2DatesPriceBooking and availability
Beginner Part One

Thursday 1 February 2018

Thursday 8 February 2018

Thursday 15 February 2018

Thursday 22  February 2018

Thursday 1 March 2018

Thursday 8 March 2018

Thursday 15 March 2018

Thursday 22 March 2018

£210 

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Term Two Part Two Beginner - Continuation (January - March 2018)
 
Please note: Japanese Beginner Part Two is ideal for students who have completed Japanese Beginner Part One (false beginners) or students who have a little prior knowledge of Japanese. If you are unsure of which level to book, then complete our Japanese Beginner self-assessment questionnaire to help you find out which level to take.
 
Term 2DatesPriceBooking and availability
Beginner Part Two

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Wednesday 14  February 2018

Wednesday 21  February 2018

Wednesday 28 March 2018

Wednesday 7 March 2018

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Wednesday 21 March 2018

£210 

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Japanese Beginner Part One course details

Beginner Part One overview and objectives

Our evening Japanese language courses are built around an arts and culture context. You will explore a variety of topics including architecture, cuisine, culture, design, fashion, society and more.

Over the 8 weeks of the Japanese Beginner Part One course, you will:

  • get an introduction to asking and answering simple questions on familiar topics
  • learn numbers, time telling and prices
  • be able to order food in a restaurant and make arrangements
  • talk about your daily routine on the present and past tenses
  • learn functional language and vocabulary related to food, the city, travelling, professions, leisure and your home
  • work towards improving your interactional, listening and speaking skills through pair and group work
  • get an introduction to the Japanese writing system, practise writing with a brush pen
  • be able to describe feelings, preferences
  • learn vocabulary related to fashion, the urban space and food
  • learn about Japanese artists, society, architecture, etiquette and more

There is a focus on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.

You will be able to take part in Social Programme events, which we will announce on a termly basis in line with your syllabus themes and chosen language of study.

If you are unsure of which level to book, then complete our Japanese Beginner self-assessment questionnaire to help you find out which level to take.

Course details:

Week no.Session topicLanguage contentArts and culture content*
1Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture

Japanese writing system
Greetings
Numbers 0 -100
Introducing yourself (Nationalities, occupations, telephone numbers etc.)

Write own name with a brush pen

2Cuisine and Culture

Food and drink vocabulary
Numbers 100 – 100000
Order in the restaurant (using counters tsu/nin)

Japanese dining etiquette

3Art and Politics

Vocabulary for arts
Likes/dislikes – favourite artist
Describe what you do as an artist

Japanese artists' quiz

4Urban Spaces

Place vocabulary
Daily routine verbs
Describe what you do or did with your friends and family

Japanese society structure
5Movement and Time

Describe where you go/went
Transport vocabulary
Telling time

Japanese travel information

6Modernism

Arranging to meet with your friends and do something together
Describe your feelings (adjectives)

Japanese modern architectures

7Fashion and Society

Fashion vocabulary
Colours vocabulary
Describe what you want

Japanese fashion designers

8Design and Architecture

Locations
Ask where it is

Japanese traditional buildings and interiors

*Note: These are some of the possible topics you will cover and they may differ according to student needs and interests

Japanese Beginner Part Two course details

Japanese Beginner Part Two is ideal for students who have completed our Japanese Beginner Part One course (false beginners), or students who have a little prior knowledge of Japanese. If you are unsure of which level to book, then complete our Japanese Beginner self-assessment questionnaire to help you find out which level to take.

Couse overview and objectives

Our evening Japanese language courses are built around an arts and culture context. You will explore a variety of topics including architecture, cuisine, culture, design, fashion, society and more.

Over the 8 weeks of the Japanese Beginner Part One course, you will:

  • build on the basic structures and vocabulary you learnt in part one of the course

  • review verbs, adjective, numbers, particles and time from part one of the course

  • talk in the past and describing experiences

  • learn to give and to receive

  • further your understanding and grasp of the Japanese writing system

  • learn about Japanese houses, location and house rules

  • learn about the different verb groups to describe your daily routine

  • practise katakana a-ko/ sa-to/ na-ho and ra-n

  • give and receive directions

  • learn about Japanese festivals and clothing

There is a focus on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.

You will be able to take part in Social Programme events, which we will announce on a termly basis in line with your syllabus themes and chosen language of study.

Course details:

Week no.Session topicLanguage contentArts and culture content*
1Introduction to Language, Arts and Culture

Daily routine revision

Verb revision

Time revision

Particle revision

Katakana a-ko

Omomatopoeia

 

2Cuisine and Culture

Revision of the usage of i-adjectives and na-adjectives

Describing how the weekend was

Katakana sa-to

 

Setsubun

 

3Art and Politics

Giving and receiving
Agemasu/moraimasu/kuremasu
Oshiemasu/naraimasu/kashimasu/karimasu

Katakana na-ho

 


Japanese Valentine's day

 

4Design and Architecture

Japanese houses
Floors of the building

Describing where the things/people are

Katakana ma-yo

 Japanese house rules
5Urban Spaces

Locations

Asking where something is

Katakana ra-n

Japanese traditional houses

6Modernism

Verb groups

Describe daily routine using te-form

Katakana practice

Girls' day festival

7Movement and Time

~te kudasai

Directions – massugu ittekudasai/migi ni magattekudasai

Katakana practice

White Day

8Fashion and Society

 ~te imasu

kimasu/hakimasu/kaburimasu/shimasu/kakemasu

Katakana practice

Japanese kimono

*Note: These are some of the possible topics you will cover and they may differ according to student needs and interests