Japanese

There are over 125 million Japanese speakers around the world today. Whether you’re interested in watching a Miyazaki film in its original language or talking more with locals beneath the cherry blossoms, on the ski slopes or in the bars in Harajuku, Japanese is one of the most popular and delicate languages to learn today.

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  • 10 Weeks

  • All levels

  • AUD $395

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Feel at home anywhere with languages

We invite you to spend a few hours every week in Japan with us, to learn the language of Murakami, Yamauchi, Hanae Mori, and Pokémon.

UNSW Global courses are designed to create opportunities for real-life communication practice and connect you with other people who share your interests.

Did you know?

  • Japanese has three different writing scripts: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji!
  • Writing in characters gives you an entirely different way to illustrate your ideas – learn Japanese and unleash your creativity.

Why study Japanese with us?

Our small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher. This course will help you:

  • Learn to speak, read and write in Japanese

  • Get an insight into Japanese culture

  • Communicate confidently when travelling to Japanese speaking countries

  • Understand and communicate better with Japanese speaking friends or family

  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities

Levels and duration

There are six levels. Each level consists of either 20 weeks of study or 2 x 10-week terms.

Beginners (Level 1)

Module A

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Giving and exchanging personal information: nationality, occupation, phone number etc.
  • Objects and possessions
  • Time
  • Business hours
  • Shopping
  • Ordering at a restaurant
  • Hiragana

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Numbers (0~ 99999)
  • Counting words
  • X wa Y desu
  • Question sentences
  • (noun) no (noun)
  • Kore,sore,are,dore
  • Kono, sono, ano, dono + (noun)
  • Dareno (noun)
  • (noun) ja arimasen

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the Japanese language.


Module B

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with some basic knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Dates
  • Birthdays
  • Times, places and companions
  • Actions and events
  • Personal information
  • Positions
  • Katakana

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Time reference (Time word and dates on calendar)
  • Verbs
  • Verb conjugation (present and past tense, affirmative and negative)
  • Particles (ni, to etc)
  • Describing means of transportation: particle de
  • Describing where things/people are (with location words)
  • ~ ga arimasu/ imasu (There is/are ~)
  • ~ ni arimasu/ imasu
  • Adverbs describing frequency

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

Elementary (Level 2)

Module A

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Receiving and giving
  • Describing things and people
  • Invitations, offers and suggestions
  • Narratives
  • Polite request
  • Reviewing Hiragana/Katakana
  • Kanji

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Receiving and giving
  • Adjectives - affirmative and negative
  • Adjectives - present and past tense
  • ~masenka (inviting someone to do something together)
  • Verb conjugation; Te-form
  • Verb Te-form for joining sentences
  • Making a polite request (~te kudasai)
  • Extensive verb conjugation; shall I ~, shall we ~, let’s ~, won’t you ~
  • (~masho-oka, ~masho-o, ~masenka)

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

 

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have awareness of grammatical structures and be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.


Module B

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Travelling and travel times
  • Permission, accepting and refusing
  • Asking someone not to do something
  • Actions
  • Personal information
  • Places of residence and work
  • Likes and preferences
  • Desires
  • Asking what someone wants to do
  • Explaining your symptoms to a doctor  
  • Kanji

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • ~temo iidesuka (asking for permission)
  • ~te imasu (present progressive, habitual actions and current states)
  • Verb conjugation; ~nai form
  • ~nai de kudasai (asking someone not to do something)
  • ~wa ~ga sukidesu, itaidesu, jo-ozudesu and wakariamsu
  • Verb conjugation; ~tai form (want to do something)
  • ~wa ~ga itaidesu

Textbook: New Japanese Espresso 1 (Alma Edizioni Firenze, 2014) (Units 8 - 10)

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in and understand the language on practical everyday matters.

Lower Intermediate (Level 3)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good basic knowledge of the language.

Lower Intermediate 3A and 3B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics does it cover?

  • Indefinite places, things or people
  • Information or advice
  • Preferences and comparisons
  • Explanations
  • Ongoing actions or situations
  • Expressing frequency
  • Kanji

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Dokoka, nanika, itsuka, dareka
  • Stating and asking preference; ~wa ~ga iidesu (ka)
  • Comparing two or more things; ~no houga ~yori ~, ~wa ~yori ~,
  • ~no nakade ~ga ichiban ~
  • Stating decisions; ~ni shimasu
  • Getting information or advice; ~n desu ga…..
  • Te forms for joining sentences (adjectives and nouns)
  • ~te imasu (describing ongoing actions or situations)
  • Going somewhere to do something (~ni ~ni ikimasu)
  • Verbs conjugation - plain forms: present-affirmative and present -negative
  • Asking for and offering explanations; ~n desu ka / ~n desu
  • Expressing frequency

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2) :

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Past experiences
  • Strong suggestions and explanations
  • Expressing a sequence of events
  • Describing how you do/did something
  • Describing events
  • Describing a change in state
  • Using direct and indirect quotation
  • Kanji

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Verb conjugation, plain forms: past-affirmative and past -negative tenses
  • Talking about past experiences (~ta kotoga arimasu)
  • Using the adverbial forms of adjectives to modify verbs
  • Going somewhere to do something and coming back(~te kimasu)
  • Making strong suggestions (~hou ga iideu)
  • Not yet (mada ~teimasen)
  • Asking for and offering explanations (~n desu with adjectives and nouns)
  • Expressing a sequence of events; before~ (~mae ni)
  • Expressing a sequence of events; after~ (~te kara)
  • When (~toki)
  • Describing a change in state (~narimashita)
  • Plain forms of adjectives and nouns + desu
  • Using direct and indirect quotation ( ~to itte imashita)

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2) :

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will develop a deeper cultural awareness and be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers and discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Intermediate (Level 4)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures.

Intermediate 4A and 4B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Describing people/ things, qualifying with verbs and adjectives
  • Expressing potentiality
  • Expressing volition
  • Expressing uncertainty
  • Talking about future events coming into being
  • Kanji

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Qualifying nouns with verbs and adjectives
  • Nominalising sentences (~no)
  • Giving a reason (~node)(Te form)
  • Expressing potentiality (verb -potential form)
  • Verb - volitional form
  • Forming indirect questions ( ~ka douka)
  • Expressing uncertainty (~kamo shiremasen)
  • Talking about future events coming into being (~tara)

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2):

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Describing changes
  • Hypothetical situations
  • Actions: cause and effects
  • Conditions
  • Expressing duty or obligation and necessity
  • Kanji

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Describing a change in state (~te kimasu)
  • Making hypothetical statements (~tara)
  • Stating the result of an action or event (~tara)
  • Indicating that an action or event has been completed (~te shimaimashita)
  • Making conditional statements (~ba)
  • Speaking of natural or habitual results (~to)
  • Expressing necessity (~nakereba narimasen)
  • Intransitive and transitive verbs

What textbook do I need for this level?

Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2):

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to converse with native speakers and follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures

Upper Intermediate (Level 5)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

Upper Intermediate 5A and 5B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Explaining if something is possible or not possible
  • Giving a number of reasons
  • Talking about appearances
  • Expressing conditional situations
  • Describing the frequency of an action
  • Expressing desires
  • Explaining probabilities
  • Expressing giving and receiving
  • Giving advice or recommendations
  • Expressing something is greater than what is expected, amount is less than expected
  • Kanji

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Potential forms
  • Enumerating facts (~shi)
  • Stating how something appears to you (~soo desu)
  • To try doing/to do and see(~te miru)
  • Conditional form (nara)
  • Frequency per period (period ni frequency)
  • Expressing desires (hoshii)
  • Indicating the degree of certainty (kamoshiremasen)
  • Giving and receiving (ageru,morau and kureru)
  • Giving advice or recommendations (~tara dou desu ka)
  • Emphatic use of “mo”, as many as, as few as

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Elementary 2 (A2):

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

Module B

What topics are covered?

This course will be tailored to meet the needs of students. To find out more, contact enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Elementary 2 (A2):

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Advanced (Level 6)

Who is this for?

This level is for those who have an advanced level of language proficiency. It is divided into two modules which are taught over two terms for 10 weeks each.

What topics are covered?

This course will be tailored to meet the needs of students. To find out more, contact enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.

What’s the end goal?

This course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials

Summer short courses (6:15pm - 8:45pm)

Location: UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2 East Tower classrooms, Kensington
Length: 8 sessions, 20 hours

Evening courses (6:30pm - 8:30pm)

UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington.
Length: 10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)

Saturday courses (9:30am - 11:30am)

UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2 East Tower classrooms, Kensington.
Length: 10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)

Questions? We have answers.

  • How do I work out which level to enroll in?

  • What is the average class size?

  • Do I receive a certificate?

Important Information

  • This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.
  • This is a non-CRICOS registered course. International Student Visa holders are not eligible to enrol in non-CRICOS registered courses, including Modern Languages and Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes at this time.

    However, international students who are not on a student visa can enrol in these courses. Temporary Residents who want to enrol in Modern Languages or Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes can do so by contacting admissions@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.

  • Please note that Commonwealth financial support is not available for Non-Award programs including Global’s Foundation programs and all language courses