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Japanese Evening Classes

We are currently offering Levels 1 to 4 and Advanced Level Japanese. Please see below for more information about each of the levels on offer.
 

Japanese Level 1

This class is aimed at students who have no previous knowledge in the language.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Group A: Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm
  • Group B: Friday 6.30-8.30pm
  • Group C: Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Exchange simple greetings 
  • Introduce themselves and other people 
  • Give personal information about family, job or studies, where they live 
  • Give the same information about other people 
  • Use numbers, express dates, time, prices 
  • Shop for food and clothes 
  • Order meals and drinks 
  • Describe existence of items and people 
  • Use basic adjectives to describe items and people and conjugate them with appropriate tense 
  • Use basic verbs in masu form and conjugate them with appropriate tense 
  • Write and read Japanese alphabet HIRAGANA

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in Japanese Level 1 are: 

  • Self introduction
  • Greetings;
  • Predicate : desu.
  • Particle wa – topic marker.
  • Particle ka – question marker
  • Particle no –belonging/affiliation
  • Who (Polite form)
  • This is a business card.
  • This is not my umbrella.
  • This is Ms. Sasaki’s umbrella.
  • What is this?
  • Whose umbrella is this?
  • What is your telephone number?
  • What time is it now?
  • Ask and answer what time the store opens and closes.
  • Particle kara (from) and made (till)
  • This /  That
  • Particle mo –also
  • ‘This is 3000yen, that is also 3000yen.’
  • How much is this?
  • Noun modifiers;
  • Can I see that bag? Which one?
  • That small one.
  • How much is that red umbrella?
  • This is a Swiss watch.
  • Where
  • Adjectives
  • Mr.Smith will go to the bank tomorrow.
  • Mr. Smith went to Hong Kong last week.
  • Mr. Chan went to restaurant with a friend yesterday.
  • Verb -Masu form
  • (present/past/aff./neg.)
  • When
  • Relative time expressions
  • The meeting is Wednesday.
  • Ms. Brown came to Japan from the UK on March26.
  • Mr. Smith will go to Osaka by air.
  • By what means of transport (How)?
  • Particle de - by
  • Calendar
  • There is a bank on the first floor.
  • There is a woman at the reception desk.
  • There is a newspaper and some flowers on the table.
  • Inside the briefcase there are keys and books and so on.
  • There is nothing on the table
  • There is no one on the second floor.
  • Particle ~ni ~ga
  • Particle ~wa ~ni
  • Nani mo + negative.f.
  • Dare mo + negative.f.

If you are confident at using most of the structures, please look at Level 2.

 

Japanese Level 2

This class is aimed at students who have completed the Japanese Level 1 evening class or who have an equivalent amount of previous knowledge.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe things / events / people with adjectives 
  • Make positive / negative requests 
  • Ask and give permission 
  • Describe one’s likes / dislikes and skills 
  • Describe one’s desire 
  • Express comparative and superlative degrees 
  • Use the formal verb forms and casual verb forms 
  • Write and read Katakana, basic Kanji characters  

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in Japanese Level 2 are: 

  • -Verbs and Adjectives – present /past tenses, affirmative /negative forms
  • with appropriate particles.
  • -Verbs “to give / to receive”
  • things:
  • あげます/もらいます/くれます。

-      Particle “にni”

-      inviting someone to do something together and making suggestions:

  • 〜ませんか/ましょうか/ましょう。
  • 〜は、どうですか?
  • -Offering to do something for someone:
  • 〜ましょうか。
  • -Stating what one has/When and where the event is held:
  • 〜は〜があります。
  • -Introduction of
  • Verbte-form:〜て〜て〜ます。
  • -Expressing the sequence of actions: “Telling about your sequent activities on the day”
  • Verb te-form: ~てください。
  • -Polite imperative (1):
  • Asking someone to do something for you
  • Verbte-form:〜て〜てください。
  • -Polite imperative (2):
  • Telling the direction/How to get the place
  • -Verbte-form: 〜てもいいです。
    • (〜てはいけません。)
  • -Asking/receiving permission (& prohibition):
  • Talking about the rules
  • Revision of Verb te-form:
  • -Sequence of actions
  • -Polite imperative
  • -Expressing permission
  • Verb て-forms, adjectives etc.
  • Verb て-form:

-      Asking permissions

  • 〜てもいいですか。
  • -Giving prohibition
  • (〜てはいけません。)
  • Talking about the rules in public places / accommodations
  • *Introduction of Verb ない–form
  • 〜ないでください。

-      Asking or instructing not to do something (Strong prohibition).

  • -Verb ない–form:
  • 〜ないでください。
  • *Variety of expression with -ない–form
  • Verb て–form:
  • 〜ています。(Part 1)
  • Expressing actions in progress and habitual actions
  • Verb て–form:
  • 〜ています。(Part 2)
  • Expressing a current state / state in effect after an action
  • 〜は〜が___。
  • Expressing preference, being good or bad at something, talking about one’s ability, :
  • Verb たい–form:
  • 〜は〜がV.たいです。
  • Expressing one’s desires to do.
  • 〜は〜が ほしいです。
  • Expressing one’s wish to possess.
  • 〜は〜が いたいです。Expressing one’s symptoms.

The textbook used is Japanese for Busy People, vol.1 Kana version.

 If you are confident at using most of the structures, please look at Level 3.

 

Japanese Level 3

This class is aimed at students who have completed the Japanese level 2 evening class or who have an equivalent amount of previous knowledge.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Thursday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of one’s actions 
  • Discuss about past experiences 
  • Make suggestions 
  • Express a sequence of events 
  • Express and report one’s opinions 
  • Describe things / events / ideas / people using modified clauses 
  • Give and receive information with potentiality 
  • Express one’s future plans 
  • Give a reason for one’s feeling and circumstances 
  • Express uncertainty 
  • Make a short informative presentation about one’s interests 
  • Use appropriate manners in a variety of situations– formal / informal / casual in speech and writing

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in Japanese Level 3 are:  

  • Referring to Indefinite Places, things, or people;
  • Stating and Asking preference and soliciting suggestions
  • Expressing the comparative degree & superlative degree;
  • Doing something to see how it goes
  • Verb –tai form; Singling out an item for comparison
  • Singling out an item for comparison;
  • Providing details of things and people;
  • Stating decisions
  • Connecting related sentences;
  • Describing on-going actions or states in effect
  • Going somewhere to do something;
  • Adverbial forms of Adjectives; Asking and offering explanations;
  • Verb –te form followed by verbs – to come / go
  • Verb Plain -ta/-nai forms revision;
  • Asking for and Offering explanations
  • Expressing Frequency;
  • Verb dictionary form / -te forms revision;
  • Expressing sequence of events – before / after
  • Verb plain form-past affirmative & negative tenses;
  • Talking about Past Experiences;
  • Comparative and superlative
  • degree
  • Connecting more than two  
  • adjectives.
  • Plain form (N/V/Adj) + んです。
  • Expression of one’s experiences;
  • “Vたことがあります。“
  • Adverbial forms of Adjectives
  • Going somewhere to do something and come back; “Vてきます。”
  • Expressing something has not yet occurred / been achieved;
  • “まだ〜ていません/もう〜ました。”
  • Making strong suggestions;
  • “Vたほうがいいです。”
  • Asking for and offering explanations;
  • 〜んです。
  • Expressing sequence of events by using Verb dictionary forms and te-  forms;
  • before V. “〜する前(まえ)に” after V ”〜てから”
  • Noun / Adj. + ‘when’ (1);
  • “学生(がくせい)のとき、よく勉強(べん
  • きょう)した。”
  • Describing a change in state; “N/Adj. + に/く なります。”
  • Verb + “when” (2);“日本に行くとき、買いました。”  “日本に行ったとき、買いました。”
  • Using direct and indirect quotation;
  • “~と言っていました。”
  • ”~とおもいます。”
  • “はやしさんは、京都(きょうと)に行 
  • くと言っていました。"
  • Forming modifying clauses ;  “マリーさんのかいた絵(え)を見まし た。”
  • Nominalising sentences by using “の”
  • “(私は)動物(どうぶつ)の写真(し
  • ゃしん)をとるのが好きです。”
  • Giving a reason using particle “ので” “天気(てんき)がいいので、さんぽ
  • に行きましょう。”
  • Verb Potential form  “(私は)日本語が話せます。”

The textbook used is Japanese for Busy People, vol.II.

If you are confident at using most of the structures, please look at Level 4.

 

Japanese Level 4

This class is aimed at students who have completed the Japanese Level 3 evening class or who have an equivalent amount of previous knowledge.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Express their suppositions / suggestions 
  • Describe appearances and impressions 
  • Convey information/ beliefs /expectations gained elsewhere 
  • Describe changes: changes coming into effect and effected changes, continuous changes 
  • Explain how things are done for given purposes 
  • Describe cause and effects 
  • Explain procedures 
  • Show how to use facilities in public places 
  • Express reverse conditions / contradictions 
  • Express gratitude for services 
  • Express their intention 
  • Talk about an awful experience 
  • Use basic honorific expressions for different situations in speech / writing

Grammatical structures

The grammatical structures covered in Japanese Level 4 are: 

  • Giving a reason (1); 〜ので
  • Expressing potentiality;
  • Verb potential form
  • Expressing volition
  • Giving a reason (2);
  • using te-form
  • Forming indirect question;
  • 〜かどうか/Q-word + か 
  • Expressing uncertainty;  
  • かもしれません
  • Talking about future events upon completion of an action
  • Vたら/Vとき
  • Honorific Language (敬語(けいご) L12)
  • Giving hypothetical statements (If-statement) ;
  • (もし) Vたら+ future tense
  • Describing a change in state;
  • 〜てきます
  • Nominalisation of sentences by using こと/の
  • Stating the result of an action/event;
  • Vたら + past tense
  • Expressing the completion of an action/event or speaker’s regret: Vてしまう
  • Making a conditional sentence; Vば(cf.Vたらin L13)
  • Speaking of natural or habitual results; 
  • Dic.form V + と
  • Expressing necessity and obligation;
  • Vなければなりません
  • Intransitive/Transitive verbs;
  • ドアを開ける/ドアが開く

The textbook used is Japanese for Busy People, vol.II, revised third edition.

 

Advanced Level Japanese

This class is aimed at students who have completed the Japanese level 4 evening class or who have an equivalent amount of previous knowledge.

Duration

  • 20 weeks 

Day and Time

  • Thursday 6.30-8.30pm

Term Dates 

Term 1:
Start: week commencing 7 October 2019
End: week commencing 9 December 2019

Term 2:
Start: week commencing 27 January 2020
End: week commencing 30 March 2020

Venue

Trent Building, University Park Campus

Costs

Course fees

  • University of Nottingham Students: £260 (paid in two instalments of £130).
  • Staff and Members of the Public: £280 (paid in two instalments of £140).

Exam fees

There is an optional end of year assessment which involves an additional £10 exam fee.

The exam is compulsory for students taking the classes as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award but no charge is made.

 
 

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