Japanese, Arts and Culture

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Nikolai Garcia

Evening Japanese language course in an arts and culture context.

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 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.

As part of our partnership with the British Museum, you will have the opportunity to attend a unique lecture and gain free admission to the Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds evening exhibition – a new and exciting cultural experience.

To complement the topic taught in week two (Cuisine and Culture) you are also invited to the International Food Festival, arranged in collaboration with the University’s Social Programme. The event will happen once per term in addition to your lessons and is a great opportunity for you to socialise with classmates and other students at the Language Centre. 

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

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In partnership with
The British Museum

Dates and Fees

Fee: £225

LevelWeeknightDatesTime
Japanese BeginnerTuesdays18 October - 6 December 2016 6pm - 8:30pm

International Food Festival: Thursday 27 October 2016, from 7pm onwards.

British Museum Exhibition: Friday 25 November 2016, from 5pm - 7:30pm.


Term 2

Starts week commencing 23 January 2017
Ends week ending 17 March 2017

Term 3

Starts week commencing 18 April 2017
Ends week commencing 9 June 2017

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