Japanese, Arts and Culture
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 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 collaboration with the British Museum, you will attend a special lecture entitled Languages, art and politics in South Africa which will use South Africa as an example to highlight the importance of art and language in the development of society and its impact on politics. The lecture will be followed by admission to the South Africa: the art of a nation exhibition.
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.
Dates and Fees
|Japanese Beginner||Wednesdays||1 February - 22 March 2017||6pm - 8:30pm|
International Food Festival: Thursday 2 February 2017, from 7pm onwards.
British Museum Exhibition: Friday 10 February 2017, from 5pm - 7:30pm.
April 2017 start dates:
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
|Lesson||Language Content||Arts & Culture Content|
Japanese writing system
Write own name with a brush pen
|Cuisine and Culture|
Food and drink vocabulary
Japanese dining etiquette
|Art and Politics|
Vocabulary for arts
Japanese artists quiz
|Japanese society structure|
|Movement and Time|
Describe where you go/went
Japanese travel information
Arranging to meet with your friends and do something together
Japanese modern architectures
|Fashion and Society|
Japanese fashion designers
|Design and Architecture|
Japanese traditional buildings and interiors