• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 22 weeks
  • School: Humanities

Japan is one of the largest and most influential economies in the world. If you wish to know more about the world's richest, fascinating and ancient culture, and beautiful tradition that brought us manga, animation (anime), computer and video games, fashion, karaoke, karate, sumo, Hello Kitty, electronic revolution and multinational companies, studying Japanese is for you. Learn it from scratch or develop your skills on this Languages for All, evening course.

Japan is one of the largest and most influential economies in the world. Knowing Japanese can bring you lots of employment and business opportunities. Knowledge of Japanese can equip you with the skills necessary to obtain a job in Japan. It is the language of skilled poets, novelists, painters, and potters.

Learn it from scratch or develop your skills on this Languages for All, evening course.

Why study Japanese?

If you wish to know more about the world’s richest, fascinating and ancient culture, and beautiful tradition that brought us manga, animation (anime), computer and video games, fashion, karaoke, karate, sumo, Hello Kitty, electronic revolution and multinational companies, studying Japanese is for you.

Studying Japanese means learning a language so different from English that it will make you rethink your most basic assumptions about the way language works. It means learning to conjugate your verbs simultaneously to tense as well as to politeness. Japanese is extremely easy to pronounce and learning it can be a rewarding and enriching experience that can open a gateway for you to a bright future.

Countries where Japanese is the official & minority language.

 

Legend:

  The primary official language is Japanese
  Japanese is a minority language

Languages for All at Dundee

This course is part of the Languages for All programme at Dundee, offering everyone the opportunity to study a language, whether for personal or professional reasons.

Classes are taught in the evening and you can choose from a wide range of languages, many of which are available at different levels.

Visit the Languages website for the full list of languages available.

Benefits of studying with us include use of library facilities with language-specific support material, and our Languages Film Club.

 

University of Dundee Students ...

If you are a student at the University of Dundee, you can also join a Languages for All course:

  • undergraduates on many degrees can take an accredited, 22-week, Languages for All course in place of one of their 20-credit modules, at Levels 1 & 2, and there is no cost,
  • postgraduates studying an MLitt (masters) degree, if you need to acquire or improve your foreign language skills to enhance your postgraduate studies, (e.g. to read texts in a native language), then you can enrol on a Languages for All course at no cost,
  • all students can enrol on Languages for All courses in additional to their main area of study, at the student rates.

Study Options

22 weeks accredited study

You study for two semesters (22 weeks), and complete formal assessments.

On successful completion you receive a University of Dundee Certificate in Modern Languages, worth 20 credits at SCQF Levels 7/8.

Accredited classes are eligible for a Part-Time Free grant from SAAS depending on your circumstances.

Timetable

Year Long Courses

Beginners - Stage 1 - from September Wednesday 6.00 - 8.00pm
Lower Intermediate - Stage 2 - from September Monday 6.00 - 8.00pm
Intermediate - Stage 3/4 - from September Thursday 6.00 - 8.00pm

 

Find out more

Use the tabs at the top of the page to find out more:

  • Course content is on the "What You'll Study" tab.
  • Find out which level of study would suit you on the "Entry Requirements" tab.
  • Check the "Fees & Funding" tab above for details of the fees for these options, and grants available. 
  • How to pay information is given on the "Your Application" tab.

Related Courses

The full course last for 22 weeks, starting in September.

Find out more below about the content of the different stages.

Our emphasis is on:

  • fostering communicative competence,
  • linguistic knowledge, and
  • intercultural awareness

Speaking in class is our main priority, but reading, listening and writing skills are also taught, using authentic audio and written materials and on-line resources.

Course Content

Topics:

  • Introducing oneself and others
  • greetings
  • telephone numbers
  • names of objects
  • numbers
  • counting objects
  • shopping
  • buying food and drink
  • dates and times
  • getting around
  • transport and travel
  • people and things
  • place and location, houses and buildings
  • making plans for the weekend
  • describing things
  • making comments
  • making a telephone call
  • giving and receiving etc.

Grammar: Desu(copula), particles, verbs (present tense and past tense), conjunctions, adjectives (present tense and past tense)

Learning outcomes

  • communicate simply in the spoken language in a range of everyday situations in such a way that basic daily requirements can be met
  • understand some specific details of simple everyday aural messages
  • read and write simple sentences in phonetic hiragana and katakana scripts
  • understand some of the basic features of the system of the language
  • understand some insights into the culture of Japan and its socio-cultural conventions

Course Content

Topics:

  • Inviting
  • expressing volition and making appointments
  • talking about self, family and events
  • talking about daily routine and plans
  • requests and orders
  • having things done
  • giving directions
  • asking and refusing permission
  • describing what people are doing and where they live
  • expressing desire
  • preference
  • likes and dislikes
  • talking about health etc.

Grammar: Let’s form( volitional form), -mashoo ka, -masen ka, verbs-te form, -no mae ni and –no ato de, verb-te form+kudasai, verb-te form +mo iidesu ka, verbs-nai form, verb-nai form+de+kudasai, present progressive and present condition-verb –te form+imasu, verbs-tai form .

Learning outcomes

  • communicate satisfactorily in the spoken language in a range of simple everyday social and transactional situations
  • understand the main points and specific details of simple aural messages
  • recognise and use the basic features of the grammatical system of the language
  • recognise and use for comprehension purposes about 80 kanji (Chinese characters)
  • read and write short passages using some basic grammatical forms and structures
  • understand some insights into the culture of Japan and its socio-cultural conventions

Course Content

Topics:

  • making comparisons
  • giving detailed descriptions
  • getting information or advice
  • stating decisions
  • giving a detailed self-introduction
  • expressing possibility or capability
  • talking about one’s experiences
  • describing a change in state
  • expressing a sequence of events
  • talking about schedules
  • making strong suggestions
  • asking for explanations
  • giving explanations
  • excuses or reasons etc.

Grammar: Comparisons-superlative, connective form of –desu and adjectives, -ku/-ni form of adjectives as adverbial use, dictionary form of verbs, dictionary form +mae ni, -ta form of verbs, -ta form +koto ga aru, -tari…-tari shimasu, -ku/-ni narimasu, -ni shimasu, -te kara, -te imasen, connective particle-shi, direct and indirect quotation, modifying clauses, nominalising sentences, potential form of verbs , toki(when)

Learning outcomes

  • communicate satisfactorily in a range of social, transactional and work-related situations
  • understand the main points and specific details of everyday aural messages and texts
  • manipulate a range of basic grammatical structures and appropriate vocabulary
  • recognize and use for comprehension purposes about 150 kanji.
  • read and write short passages and simple letters/e-mails
  • understand some insights into the culture of Japan and its socio-cultural conventions

Course Content

Topics:

  • personal information
  • shopping and consumerism
  • jobs and work
  • health
  • geography and climate
  • education
  • the environment
  • the media and manipulation
  • politics
  • current affairs and events, personal interest and cultural topics, etc.

Grammar: Revision/introduction of: the main grammatical features of the language, to include most tenses in the present, past, future (in indicative mood) and the conditional mood; active and passive voices; and some tenses in the subjunctive mood (where relevant); pronouns (personal, possessive, demonstrative, reflexive); a range of prepositions; adverbs and adverbial phrases; adjectives and adjectival phrases, comparison of adjectives; conjunctions; infinitive constructions; formal and informal usage.

Learning outcomes

  • communicate adequately in a range of social, transactional and work-related situations
  • understand the main points and specific details of everyday aural and written messages and texts, also the main points of more complex texts (such as reports, newspaper articles etc.)
  • write everyday messages and simple letters, simple business correspondence and factual texts
  • provide translations of simple texts into English
  • recognise and use the main features of grammar with confidence;
  • use a bilingual dictionary competently
  • use a range of 'repair strategies' to overcome communication breakdown
  • describe a range of differences between own language and culture and target language and culture
  • present on a topic of interest / an event and answer questions
  • short translation and interpreting
  • use language skills at Level B1 (all skill*areas) and selected skill*areas of B2, as described in the Council of Europe Common European Framework (CEF).

If you are taking this as an accredited course, there are several formal assessments, which include a reading/writing portfolio, a listening test and an oral assessment.

There are no assessments if you are registered on the non-accredited course.

You can progress through the stages of our Japanese courses.

Use this checklist to assess your current language skills to help you decide which stage is best for you.

Be honest and realistic!  If you start in a class which is at too low a level, you may get bored and frustrated.  If you join a class which is at too high a level, you may struggle to keep up.

Stage 1

Do you have little or no knowledge of the language? AND

  • would like to gain a University Certificate at the end of the course? AND / OR
  • know only some simple phrases such as ‘Hello/Goodbye / How are you?/Please, Thank you/Excuse me’? AND / OR
  • can introduce yourself and talk simply about your self/ family? e.g. 'I am a student, I live in Dundee'... etc.

If you answered YES to most of these questions this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 2

Have you already learned some of this language either at school or a previous adult education class? AND

  • can you talk about your likes and dislikes?: 'I don’t like white wine, I prefer beer' . . . etc.
  • are you familiar with numbers up to at least 100?
  • can you order food and drinks in a restaurant, ask for tickets or book a room/table?, e.g. 'I would like to book a table for 7.30 tonight'
  • can you write a holiday postcard?
  • do you have a basic knowledge of grammatical structures?

If you answered YES to most of these questions in addition to those for Stage 1, this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 3

Do you have a good Standard Grade/’O’ Grade/GCSE or have you attended adult education classes? AND / OR

  • have you spent a short time living in a country where the target language is spoken? AND
  • could you go shopping for clothes and ask for and describe what you want (colour, size, bigger, smaller, etc.) ? AND
  • could you talk or write in some detail about where you went on holiday last year and what you did? AND
  • could you talk or write about what you’re going to do next week?
  • do you have a general knowledge of basic grammar?

If you answered YES to most of these questions in addition to these for Stage 2 this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 4

Do you have a good, recent Higher/AS Level or a rusty ‘A’ Level or have you attended adult education classes? AND / OR

  • have you spent some time living in a country where the target language is spoken? AND / OR
  • can you understand large numbers (e.g. 25,000/1996) when spoken at a natural native speaker level?
  • can you talk or write about different jobs/professions and give opinions?
  • can you use a range of tenses in your speech and writing? (past, present, future, conditional)

If you answered YES to most of these questions in addition to those for Stage 3, this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Not sure?

If you are still unsure, please Contact Us.

Fees for courses starting in the academic year 2019/20

Module Fee - £303 (no concessions available)

* Students taking 20 credits in Languages for All as part of their degrees/pathways do not have to pay LfA fees in addition to their main tuition fees.

Part-Time Fee Grant

A Part-time Fee Grant is available if your personal income is £25,000 or less a year or you are in receipt of certain benefits. This Grant only applies to modules that are credit bearing (accredited languages modules – 20 credits) where the student completes a minimum of 30 credits in the academic year. This means choosing the continuous assessments option over both semesters in one academic year. Further information and an application form can be found at:

www.saas.gov.uk/part_time/ug/index.htm

The only way to enrol in a Language for All course at Dundee is:

Online

Online via the University's secure online store www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk from July.

It is advisable to enrol early to avoid disappointment.  Only receipt of payment guarantees a place on the course.

 

Students will be emailed to set up their virtual learning account called MyDundee. Upon completion of the matriculation task (all details will be emailed) students will have access to course materials, updates and the University of Dundee library. A University of Dundee student card can also be issued once a photo is sent to the Enquiry Centre.

 

Cancellations & Refunds

We reserve the right to cancel classes when enrolments are insufficient.

Where more than one class is offered in the same language at the same level, we reserve the right to merge classes if numbers fall short of the minimum requirements.

We have a strict no refund policy.

A refund will only be possible if the course has been over-subscribed, is cancelled or the date of withdrawal from the course precedes the start date of the course. 

Refunds will also be made if withdrawn on medical grounds. All claims for refunds must be made in writing to the School of Humanities and supported by medical evidence. 

An administration charge of £10 will apply if conditions are not met.