Japanese Language Proficiency Test Levels N5 and N4

This 10-week course aims to prepare participants to successfully take the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at levels N5 and N4. The training intends to further develop and consolidate participants' Japanese language skills in five areas: grammar, vocabulary, kanji, reading comprehension and listening comprehension. Participants taking this course should have completed a Beginners level for JLPT N5 and a Post-beginners level or an Intermediate level for JLPT N4, or equivalent training.

Key Information

  • Session information: TBC October 2020
  • Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (10 lessons of 2 hours), starting TBC October 2020
  • Fees: 1 term 10 weeks - £135* (40 learning hours), October 2020

This course starts in October 2020. It comprises 40 learning hours over one term (20 guided learning hours plus 20 independent learning hours). Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week. Classes start October 2020.

This course will be taught in a group of minimum 6 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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Entry Level

N5: You can already manage in basic situations using the present tense, and you have knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana and some basic Kanjis. You have already achieved a level similar to the CEFR A1 level or completed the Beginners (level 1) or you have enough knowledge to be on track with the group.

N4: You are already knowledgeable in Hiragana, Katakana and Kanjis. You have already achieved a level similar to the CEFR A2 or completed the Post-beginners (level 2) or the Intermediate level (level 3) or you have enough knowledge to be on track with the group

The following resources offer further information on N5 to N1 levels and self assessment:

Course Content

The course will provide information about the JLPT and adequate amount of sample questions to help you ready for the exam. It will be done by individuals, pair or group. Following the induction and initial assessment during the first week's session, 4 hours of Grammar, 5 hours of Reading, 4 hours of Kanji&Vocabulary and 2 hours of Listening section practice in the class during the course will be provided. In addition, you will be given homework (including the Kanji and vocabulary list to memorise) to complete at home. In the 9th week's session, a mock test will be carried out and you will receive feedback during the last session. The last week will provide revisions or additional work following to the outcome of your mock test.


The tutor will provide the necessary course handouts.

Our approach

The tutor - Junko Tamaki has 20 years of experience of teaching Japanese. She has taught in universities in Japan and the UK. She has been teaching all the levels (Beginners to Advanced) at Languages at Leicester, University of Leicester since 2007. She has delivered JLPT training at Japanese languages schools in Tokyo for all the levels. A member of BATJ (The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language) and NKG (Nihongo Kyoiku Gakkai [The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language]).

This course is taught in Japanese and English, which is used when necessary or requested by students in particular situations or grammar explanations. The programme aims to develop

the language skills in five areas, which are assessed when taking JLPT exams. These skills are grammar, vocabulary, kanji, reading comprehension and listening comprehension. The training also supports comprehensive and productive skills through authentic based activities and guided practice in the use of the Japanese language. Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise these skills outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. For each guided learning hour, students would be expected to do another 3 independent learning hours per week. The group size is limited to 12 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practise with individual feedback and advice on progress.