Languages at Leicester

Japanese Intermediate Fast Track (Level 3)

You are already knowledgeable in Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanjis. You have reached the equivalent to a A2 level in the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to a good grade at GSCE) and/or completed the Post-beginners (level 2) Course. Fast Track courses enable you to complete the level in just one term, instead of two terms.

Key information

Course starting April 2024

  • Course: Saturdays 10.00am - 2.30pm
    Delivery: On-campus (face-to-face)
    Timeline: Starts 27 April - ends 29 June 2024
    Lengths: 10 weeks (60 learning hours)
    Fees: £250 

This course requires a minimum of 7 and it can have up to a maximum of 14 students. Course fee includes all tuition, access to Blackboard, handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

Term runs from April to June. The full course comprises 60 learning hours. Lessons are four hours long and take place once a week. *There is a half hour lunch break.    

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Course content

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Master some Communicative sentence patterns
  • Have short casual job interview
  • Talk about some special days and gifts
  • Make a travel plan
  • Apologise politely
  • Grumble and gossip
  • Honorific verb/humble expressions
  • Causative and passive sentences

Throughout the course the learners may be able to understand introduced grammar when they hear or read. If some goes beyond, they may be able to deliver them in their own speech. For those who want to take JLPT, they will get the basic information like Grammar list, vocabulary list and Kanji list for different levels and they may be given some mock tests papers to practise at home.

The learners will know about 600 more vocabulary and 160 Kanji at end of the course.


Genki 2 Second Edition: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2.

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

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 text books on behalf of a class.

Our approach

This course is taught in Japanese; English is used when necessary or requested by students in particular situations or grammar explanations. 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 (Kanji, 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. The group size is limited to 16 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.


Upon completing the Intermediate level (3), you can progress onto the Upper-intermediate level (4).

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