Japanese Language Proficiency Test Prep-course 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

  • Course: TBC
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Term 2 (2022)
    Lengths: 10 weeks (30 learning hours)
    Fees: £120 (payable in two termly instalments)
This course starts in April 2021. This will be blending learning. It comprises 10  hours of group sessions and 20 hours of asynchronous learning on Coursesites VLE.  

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 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

There will be a group session every Thursday. 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.


Task Categories

Group session Topics


語彙 ごい Vocabulary

職業 しょくぎょう Occupations


文法 ぶんぽう Grammar

趣味 しゅみ Hobbies


漢字 かんじ Kanji

動物 どうぶつ Animals


読解 どっかい Reading comprehension

食べ物と飲み物 たべものとのみもの Food and Drinks


聴解 ちょうかい Listening comprehension

場所 ばしょ Places


文法 ぶんぽう Grammar

公共交通機関こうきょうこうつうきかん Transports


読解 どっかい Reading comprehension

健康 けんこう Health


漢字 かんじ Kanji

自然 しぜん Nature


模擬試験 もぎしけん

Sample exam

ファッション Fashion


行事 ぎょうじ Events

Aim of the course:

  • Provide information about the JLPT and same format of the exam questions to help learners to familiarise the exam.
  • To revise grammar and vocabulary
  • To increase vocabulary, improve reading skills and listening skills.
  • To improve communication skills
  • To form a community of people who has same interests and help maintain your motivation

Course Structure

Group sessions (Zoom meeting):

  • Share or reflect your questions from weekly tasks
  • Topic base Communication activities
  • Learn new vocabulary by playing games with co-learners
  • Discuss about topic in Japanese
  • Revise expressions through role-play

Weekly tasks (Course Sites by Blackboard):

  • Different category every week (see the content above)
  • Tasks will be open on Thursday after the group session. Complete and hand it in within a week.
  • Your tutor will mark and provide you feedback
  • Complete at least one task every week (up to 3 different tasks available)
  • Complete tasks your own time
  • All the levels of tasks are available. It is your chance to revise previous level or try out next level depending on your wish. (For example; you usually complete N4 level of tasks, you could try one Kanji task one week to see your improvements.)


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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

General enquiries and enrolments:  lalenquiries@leicester.ac.uk

Junko Tamaki, Language Leader, Japanese Tutor  jt369@le.ac.uk