Languages at Leicester

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test preparation Course - Level N4

This 5-week course aims to prepare participants to successfully take the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at the N4 level. 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 Post-beginners level or an Intermediate level for JLPT N4, or equivalent training.

Key information

  • Course: Tuesdays 7-9 pm
    Delivery: Online
    Timeline: Starts 31 May - Ends 28 June 2022
    Lengths: 5 weeks (20 learning hours)
    Fees: £85
This course starts in May 2022. This will be blended learning. It comprises 10 hours of group sessions and 10 hours of asynchronous learning on Blackboard VLE. These courses will be taught in a small group. Minimum 6 and maximum 12 students. Course fee includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.Enrol now

Entry level

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, 2 hours of Grammar, 2 hours of Reading, 2 hours of Kanji and 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. 


Task Categories

Group session Topics


模擬試験 もぎしけん
Sample exam

食べ物と飲み物 たべものとのみもの Food and drinks


文法 ぶんぽう



読解 どっかい
Reading comprehension

住まい すまい


聴解 ちょうかい
Listening comprehension

公共交通機関こうきょうこうつうきかん Transports


漢字 かんじ Kanji
語彙 ごい Vocabulary

人 ひと

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 (Blackboard)

  • Different category every week (see the content above)
  • 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


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

Junko Tamaki, Language Leader, Japanese Tutor

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