Japanese: Beginners - Part 2


This 10-week course is pitched at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and completion of the course will help you meet the level requirements. To help develop your fluency in the language, the course will focus primarily on speaking and listening skills, but will also include practice in reading and writing. You will have plenty of opportunities to practise the target language through hands-on class activities such as conversations and role-plays.

Programme details

Course starts: 23 Jan 2024

The weekly course schedule below is intended to give an overview of the main topic(s) likely to be covered in each session. Please note that these may sometimes change according to the tutor’s discretion to reflect the interests of course participants.

Week 1: Where are you going? Talking about your plans

Week 2: Where did you go? Discussing holidays

Week 3: Dates and days of the week

Week 4: Everyday activities and routines

Week 5: Making a reservation at a restaurant

Week 6: Stating how frequently one does something

Week 7: Describing things, people and the weather 

Week 8: Entertaining a guest and receiving hospitality

Week 9: Expressing own thoughts about experiences

Week 10: Class choice: revision, film, anime, song, language game, etc.

Key grammar points:

* Verb conjugation

* Time expressions

* Adjectives


Key functions:

* Talking about your plans

* Discussing the daily routine

* Describing people and things

* Expressing basic opinions about things


Students who attend a minimum of 70% of classes will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


Description Costs
Course Fee £251.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit, you are a full-time student in the UK or a student on a low income, you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees. Please see the below link for full details:

Concessionary fees for short courses


Ms Rie Wakayama

An Oxford local, Rie is a qualified and very experienced Japanese language teacher. She has taught Japanese language courses to adults for many years and also GCSE and A-Level syllabuses to children at local private schools. In her spare time Rie loves Japanese cooking.

Course aims

To enable you to communicate at a basic level with speakers of the target language in a limited range of practical, real-life settings.

Course objectives:

  • To help learners to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for basic everyday communication in the target language.
  • To help learners to consolidate their listening comprehension skills to understand the gist of very short, basic written texts and audio excerpts.
  • To enable learners to use high frequency vocabulary and grammar structures for basic routine communication.
  • To equip learners with an appreciation of the culture and civilisation of the country (or countries) in which the target language is spoken.

Teaching methods

You will learn through a communicative teaching approach with the emphasis on actively engaging in classroom activities in the target language. These are likely to include role-plays, pair- and small group-work, and conversational practice conducted in a supportive, friendly and informal learning environment.

The course has been structured to help you primarily to improve your speaking and listening skills and to develop a basic level of intercultural awareness in the context of social communication. You will also learn and practise new grammatical structures and will be encouraged to develop your reading and writing skills in your own time.

Learning outcomes

By the end of your course, learners will be able to:

  • interact in a simple way using a basic range of language in routine everyday contexts;
  • understand and respond to basic spoken or recorded language relating to very familiar everyday situations;
  • demonstrate comprehension of very short, simple texts containing high frequency vocabulary and basic grammar structures; 
  • write very short texts to provide basic personal information or simple descriptions.    

Assessment methods

You will be set short, optional assignments to consolidate your learning and to allow you to progress at your own pace.


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an enrolment form (Word) or enrolment form (Pdf).

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