Japanese Post-beginners Fast Track (Level 2)

You can already manage in basic situations using the present tense, and you have some knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana. You have reached the equivalent to a level A1 in the ELP self-assessment grid and/or completed the Beginners (level 1) Course. Fast Track courses enable you to complete the level in just one term, instead of two terms.

Key Information

  • Session information: Saturdays 10am-2.30pm
  • Timeline: 1 Term - 23 January - 27 March 2021
  • Fees: £210 for full course.

This new intensive course will start in January 2021. It comprises 60 learning hours over 10 weeks. Each Saturday there are two lessons of two hours, from 10 am to 12 pm and 12.30 to 2.30 pm (making a total of 40 guided learning hours). There is a half hour break between 12 and 12.30 pm

This course will be taught in a group of minimum 8 and maximum 12 students.

*Includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

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Course Content

  • Making requests and asking permission
  • Hotel and restaurant reservations
  • Describing the characteristics of a person or place
  • Giving opinions and making comparisons
  • Reading and writing short paragraphs
  • We will study 145 Kanji throughout the course


  • An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese: Genki 1 by Yoko Sana (Japan Times, 1999)
  • Japanese for Busy People Il, 3rd edition, Kana version by Association for Japanese Language Teaching (AJALT) (Kodansha, 2012)

There isn’t a University bookshop however The European Bookshop website holds our book list and offers a 10% discount to all our students.

It is not essential to bring a course book to the first class.  The tutor will discuss book requirements in class and advise you of the best places to obtain the book if required.  With some languages there is the option for us to order textbooks on behalf of a class

Our approach

This course is taught in Japanese and English. Our programme aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural awareness. It provides a good balance between understanding the culture, vocabulary, writing system (Hiragana and Katakana characters) and grammar structures of the Japanese language and enhancing communication and interaction. It supports comprehensive and productive skills in speech and writing through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of Japanese language. Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise the four skills outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. Lessons are planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.


Upon completing the Post-Beginners level (2), you can progress onto the Intermediate level (3).