Japanese, Arts and Culture

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Nikolai Garcia

Evening language course at the UAL Language Centre in London. Learn to speak Japanese for beginners and explore the Japanese arts and culture.

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

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

The course includes 2 unique cultural experiences which are built in to your language development:

British Museum experience
To complement the topic taught in week 3 (Art and Politics) you will visit the British Museum for a unique lecture entitled Art and politics in the USA: from the 1960s to the present day followed by the highly anticipated exhibition: The American Dream: Pop to the Present. This experience forms a key part of the course and your tutor will help to guide your learning in this unique cultural context.

International Food Festival
To complement the topic taught in week 2 (Cuisine and Culture) you will also attend the International Food Festival, arranged in collaboration with UAL’s Social Programme. This event also forms a key part of the course and will provide a great opportunity to socialise with classmates and other students at UAL.

Classes take place at our High Holborn building, 3 minutes walk from Holborn underground station in central London. They take place 1 evening per week between 6pm and 8:30pm. 

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In collaboration with
The British Museum

Dates and fees

Fee: £225

LevelWeeknightDatesTime
Japanese BeginnerTuesdays25 April - 13 June 20176pm - 8.30pm

International Food Festival: Thursday 27 April 2017, from 6pm - 9pm.

British Museum Exhibition: Friday 5 May 2017, from 5pm - 7.30pm.

Summer intensive courses

Our Summer intensive Japanese, Arts and Culture courses are 4 weeks long, with 2 evening classes per week.

Fee: £200

LevelWeeknightsDates Time
Japanese BeginnerTuesdays/ Thursdays

11 July - 3 August 2017

6pm - 8:30pm

Please note: there is no British Museum event or International Food Festival trip included.

Beginner course overview

Over the 8 weeks of the Japanese Beginner course, you will be introduced to asking and answering simple questions on familiar topics as well as functional language and vocabulary related to food, the city, travelling, professions, leisure and your home.

You will work towards improving your interactional, listening and speaking skills, be introduced to the Japanese writing system, practise writing with a brush pen, be trained in recognising familiar words and phrases concerning you, your family, and your immediate surroundings, all in the context of the topics outlined above.

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

 

 

Beginner course details

LessonLanguage ContentArts & Culture Content
Introduction

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

Write own name with a brush pen

Cuisine and Culture

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

Japanese dining etiquette

Art and Politics

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

Japanese artists quiz

Urban Spaces

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

Japanese society structure
Movement and Time

Describe where you go/went
Transport vocabulary
Telling time

Japanese travel information

Modernism

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

Japanese modern architectures

Fashion and Society

Fashion vocabulary
Colours vocabulary
Describe what you want

Japanese fashion designers

Design and Architecture

Locations
Ask where it is

Japanese traditional buildings and interiors