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Japanese from Scratch: Sweet-Talk your way in Japan!
Learn & Teach Primary Japanese! new
J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 3 new

Japanese from Scratch: Sweet-Talk your way in Japan!   org

Learn some basic Japanese while exploring Japan’s culture of regional sweets and snacks...and get to try some for yourself!

In this workshop especially for those interested in learning Japanese and travelling to Japan, you will have the chance to learn:

  • All about Japan’s culture of omiyage – regional souvenirs usually in the form of tasty treats

  • What kind of sweets and snacks you can find in different parts of Japan  

  • Essential Japanese language skills for describing omiyage and other sights and experiences in Japan.

You’ll even get the chance to try some authentic Japanese omiyage yourself!

We hope this event will give participants a taste for studying more Japanese language, and a craving to visit Japan themselves...

When: 11th or 12th May 2015 (content same each day),  19:00 – 20:30   

Participation fee: £5.00 (including samples of Japanese local delicacies)

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Japanese from Scratch is for those who are interested in learning Japanese but haven't started yet, or those who have just started learning Japanese.  Instructions and explanations will be in English. Advance booking is essential.  

Date: 11 May 2015 - 12 May 2015 from 7.00pm

Bloomsbury International, 8 Southampton Place, Holborn, London. WC1A 2DB

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Learn & Teach Primary Japanese!   org

Discover how to teach Japanese language to primary level pupils...through learning Japanese yourself!

As of September 2014 it is compulsory for all maintained primary schools in England to teach at least one foreign language at Key Stage 2. In response to this, the Japan Foundation London is holding a series of workshops and events to help prepare primary teachers who are teaching, or would like to teach, Japanese language.

In this two day course, primary school teachers with little or no prior knowledge of Japanese will have the opportunity not only to learn the basics of Japanese language and culture, but also how to impart their new knowledge on to their pupils.

The course will include content from the Japan Foundation Japanese Scheme of Work for Primary Schools, which is packed full of lesson plans, resources and exciting and fun ideas for teaching primary-level Japanese. We will also give advice on funding, resources and other assistance available to get Japanese classes up and running at your school. On the second day, you will even be able to have the chance to practise your Japanese while making authentic sushi!

This is an incredible opportunity for primary school teachers to learn new language skills that will benefit your entire school – don’t miss out!

“The teacher was brilliant and the course was well prepared and delivered.” (Rishi Gohil, 2014 participant)

“I loved the writing aspect- this really helped to clarify the different alphabets and their uses.” (Kimberley Devonshire, 2014 participant)

Fee: £20.00 (includes all course materials and ingredients for sushi-making)

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Please note that spaces are limited – first come, first served. This course is for teachers with absolute beginner level, or those who have only studied a little Japanese. Priority will be given to teachers, or those training to teach, at a primary school. 
Timetable available to download below.

Please note that spaces are limited. This course is for teachers with absolute beginner level, or those who have only studied a little Japanese. Priority will be given to teachers, or those training to teach, at a primary school. 

Timetable available to download below

Date: 27 May 2015 - 28 May 2015 from 10.30am

UCL Institute of Education (Day 1) & Kuriya Keiko Japanese restaurant (Day 2)

Download PrimaryBasic15-Timetable

 This event is generously supported by Kuriya Keiko  

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J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015   org

This online course is for teachers with a basic level of Japanese who would like to build up their language skills. Through the course, you will develop a basic working knowledge of Japanese grammatical structures and build up your confidence and skills in using Japanese effectively in your classroom.  This course is provided by the Japan Foundation Sydney.

Course fee:  A$130 - A$190 (depending on stage) 

Who can sign up?
Any teacher residing in the UK, Australia or New Zealand who has a basic knowledge of Japanese, and can read hiragana and katakana.

What level of Japanese is it suitable for?
Four stages are available. We recommend you take the “level check test” to make sure you choose the best level for you. Stage 1 (the easiest) is suitable for those who know hiragana and katakana.  Stage 4 (the hardest) is about the same level as N5 (old Level 4) of the JLPT.

How does the course work?
Every week a new unit is uploaded. You will work through the unit at your own pace, and then complete your homework by the end of each week. Your homework will be marked and returned to you with helpful advice and comments from our Japanese Language Advisor. 

Feedback from previous participants:

“I have really enjoyed it, the course content is useful as covers all areas of the Japanese language i.e. speaking, listening, reading, writing – lots of writing practice which is a challenge but good practice!”

“I really, really like the Production task, especially as you get some prompt feedback from the Language Advisor. Brilliant!”

 2015 Dates 

  • Term 1 February 2 March 27
    Term 2 May 4 June 26
    Term 3 August 3 September 25
    Term 4 19 October December 11
    Term 1 February 2 - March 27
  • Term 2 May 4- June 26
  • Term 3 August - 3 September 25
  • Term 4 19 October - December 11
Session 1: 3 February – 28 March 2014
Session 2: 31 March – 23 May 2014
Session 3: 26 May – 18 July 2014
Session 4: 21 July – 12 September 2014
Session 5: 15 September– 7 November 2014

Session 6: 24 November 2014 -23 January 2015


 For more information and to enrol, please go to

Date: 3 February 2014 - 23 January 2015
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The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 3   org

Term 3 now open for enrolment!

The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) is a new kind of course for beginners (JF Standard for Japanese Language Education A1 Breakthrough) of Japanese. It is based on the JF Standard for Japanese Language Education, rather than traditional methods of language education that focus on grammar and sentence structure. The aim of the course will be to use Japanese language skills to get to know people, visit restaurants and take part in many other Japan-related events. At the end of every lesson, participants will be able to perform specific, practical tasks in Japanese.

The course will not focus on language alone; learning Japanese culture will also be an important element in the lessons. The course will incorporate videos, games and media that will help you to learn about Japan and to give you the opportunity to use your new Japanese skills outside of the classroom. You will also have access to the supplementary MARUGOTO+ Japanese Learning websiteThis course is perfect for beginners of Japanese who would like to use their new language skills in practical situations and really connect with Japanese society.

  • Term 3 Dates: 23rd April 2015 – 23rd June 2015 (every Thursday)19:00 - 21:00
  • Course Leader: Mr Shinichiro Okajima, SOAS Language Centre
  • Venue: SOAS, University of London 
  • Course Fee: £330 per term, including course textbook and materials 

I liked the pace of the course and was surprised we learned hiragana and katakana [Japanese writing] so quickly. As it was an introductory course, I felt the balance was right for people who were complete beginners  and self-studying students like myself who had a little bit of language under my belt already. I certainly feel, after learning about ordering food, that I would be able to do this in Japan.” - JP Rutter, former course participant.

For more information to book your place please click here to visit the SOAS website. 

For full information about the course timetable, future term dates etc. please download the flier below.

Other Japanese courses organised by SOAS can be found here.

Date: 23 April 2015 - 23 June 2015 from 7.00pm

Download JpLangCult 2014-2015
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