Japanese, Arts and Culture

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Evening language course at the University of the Arts London (UAL) Language Centre in London. Learn to speak Japanese and explore Japanese arts and culture, with classes ranging from beginner to intermediate level.

During this 8 week 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, 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 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 1 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 course details section below for the full syllabus, overview and outcomes for the course.

Japanese dates and fees

Term 1DatesPriceBooking and availability
Japanese Beginner Part One

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Tuesday 5 December 2017


Please note, this course is now fully booked.

We'll be running more courses from 29 January 2018.

Please sign up for updates here

Japanese Beginner Part One

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Wednesday 6 December 2017


Please note, this course is now fully booked.

We'll be running more courses from 29 January 2018.

Please sign up for updates here

Japanese Beginner Part One course details

Beginner Part One overview and objectives

Our evening 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.

Course details:

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

Japanese writing system
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


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

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