The Language Centre

Japanese Evening Classes

Japanese is the 9th most spoken language in the world. In the last decade, over three million people per year opted to learn this interesting and unique global language. 

Famed for its inherent politeness and etiquette, the Japanese language boasts very few swear words. It features charming quirks such as green apple being translated to ‘ao ringo’, which actually means ‘blue apple’!

Learning Japanese will open your eyes to the wonders of this fascinating culture and the mind of Japanese people.  

Level 1

This 20 week course will introduce some of the basic structures of the language through topics related to social and everyday life in the country/countries where it is spoken. The focus is on listening, speaking and reading simple materials that introduce basic grammatical structures. 

Previous knowledge required?

  • None. Aimed at complete beginners.

Day and time

  • Group 1 - Wednesdays, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Group 2 - Mondays, 6.30-8.30pm

Teaching dates

Term 1: week commencing 3 October 2022 - week commencing 12 December 2022 (11 weeks)

Term 2: week commencing 30 January 2023 - week commencing 27 March 2023 (9 weeks) 

Course fee

Early bird rate (for bookings until 14 September 2022) - £250

UoN staff and students - £250

Members of the public (bookings made after 14 September) - £280

 

Level 2

Previous knowledge required?

This 20 week course is aimed at learners with previous basic knowledge of the language. This is the right level for you if: 

  • you have attended level 1 of our evening class programme or a beginners course elsewhere
  • You have completed approximately 80 hours of previous study (40 hours contact time and 40 hours personal study) 
  • You have studied the language at school some time ago and feel you need a refresher 
  • you have level A1 (or equivalent) on the CEFR

Day and time

  • Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm

Teaching dates

Term 1: week commencing 3 October 2022 - week commencing 12 December 2022 (11 weeks)

Term 2: week commencing 30 January 2023 - week commencing 27 March 2023 (9 weeks) 

Course fee

Early bird rate (for bookings until 14 September 2022) - £250

UoN staff and students - £250

Members of the public (bookings made after 14 September) - £280

 

Level 3

Previous knowledge required?

This 20 week course is aimed at learners with previous basic knowledge of the language. This is the right level for you if:

  • you have attended level 2 of our evening class programme or equivalent 
  • you have a high A1/Low A2 on the CEFR 
  • you have completed approximately 160 hours of previous study (e.g. pre-GCSE or equivalent) 
  • you have a rusty GCSE or O Level 

Day and time

  • Tuesdays, 6.30-8.30pm

Teaching dates

Term 1: week commencing 3 October 2022 - week commencing 12 December 2022 (11 weeks)

Term 2: week commencing 30 January 2023 - week commencing 27 March 2023 (9 weeks) 

Course fee

Early bird rate (for bookings until 14 September 2022) - £250

UoN staff and students - £250

Members of the public (bookings made after 14 September) - £280

 

Level 4

Previous knowledge required?

This 20 week course is aimed at learners with previous knowledge of the language. This is the right level for you if: 

  • you have attended level 3 of our evening class programme or equivalent 
  • you have completed approximately 240 hours of previous study
  • you have a good recent GCSE (7-9/A*-B)
  • you have A2/A2+ on the CEFR

Day and time

  • Thursdays, 6.30-8.30pm

Teaching dates

Term 1: week commencing 3 October 2022 - week commencing 12 December 2022 (11 weeks)

Term 2: week commencing 30 January 2023 - week commencing 27 March 2023 (9 weeks) 

Course fee

Early bird rate (for bookings until 14 September 2022) - £250

UoN staff and students - £250

Members of the public (bookings made after 14 September) - £280

 

Level 5 (ONLINE)

Classes will be taught online via Microsoft Teams. Full instructions on how to access the course and use Teams (desktop version) will be given before the start of the course. In order to be able to access the classes you will need to use the desktop version of Microsoft Teams from a laptop/PC. Please note functionality is restricted if you access via a tablet or mobile phone. 

Previous knowledge required?

This 20 week online course is intermediate (not suitable for advanced learners) and learners are expected to have previous knowledge of the language such as:

  • Adverbial adjectives
  • Nominalisation of verbs
  • Noun modifying clauses
  • Potential forms
  • Conditional forms
  • Various expressions using Te-form and Plain present and past forms. 

This is the right level for you if: 

  • you have attended level 4 (Japanese for Busy People Book 2) of our evening class programme or equivalent 
  • you have a level equivalent to a low B1 on the CEFR 
  • you have AS level  

Day and time

  • Mondays, 6.30-8.30pm (ONLINE)

Teaching dates

Term 1: week commencing 3 October 2022 - week commencing 12 December 2022 (11 weeks)

Term 2: week commencing 30 January 2023 - week commencing 27 March 2023 (9 weeks) 

Course fee

Early bird rate (for bookings until 14 September 2022) - £250

UoN staff and students - £250

Members of the public (bookings made after 14 September) - £280

 
 

Two ladies in traditional Japanese dress, playing a traditional instrument

The Language Centre

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 74 86500
email: LanguageCentre@nottingham.ac.uk