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Japanese - Improving Fluency

Course code: LPXR206P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Days of week:


Course date:

18th Sep 2023 - 1st Jul 2024

Course location:


Contact details


01235 555 585

This is the follow-on course of the Working Towards Fluency course. The participants will start to develop an ability and confidence with an aim of being fluent in the subject. You will have been studying now long enough to have a command of the language enabling you , with sufficient vocabulary to express yourself clearly on topics such as family, hobbies and interests, work, travel, and current affair.

Using a wide range of tenses with a formal and an informal language you will start to

analyse and discuss the world around you, i.e art, music, books, science, landscapes and

historical places. The course is online with a monthly classroom activity on cultural experience.

You will be able to start to develop more complex conversations and a deeper understanding of protocol through demonstrations and practical exercises. You will also be able to initiate and maintain a face-to-face conversation on a wide range of topics and will be able to express your thoughts in a more sophisticated manner. There will be presentations on a topic of your own choice which you will develop with the tutor.

The main topics are designed for those of you who have already studied the language for at least 5 years or who have spent a reasonable time in the country and wish to learn more and practise their skills in a relaxed environment. The group will be able to discuss and choose which topics are of interest to them. You will practise all four skills (Listening, speaking, reading and writing) with an emphasis on speaking and listening in class.

The topics suggested include:

Exchange explanations, knowledge and opinions on Art exhibitions, concerts, cultural events – magazine articles-video extracts.

. Study and share facts and views on writers, artists, musicians, their life and their careers

· Describe and discuss social changes in society.

· Contribute to films and books reviews

. Read extracts from Mangas

· Watch a few film extracts to study their script, purpose and language style

· Discover current developments in enchantment

· Read about future projects in medicine, in architecture and other areas and present them.

. Guest speaker

Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 24/10/23,12/12/23. 19/12/23, 26/12/23, 02/01/24, , 13/02/24, 02/04/24, 09/04/24 and 28/05/24

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these

What next?

Japanese Becoming Fluent

Entry criteria

There are no formal entry requirements however this is a course for those who have already studied the language at a language school for four to five years, or followed a course for at least 250 hours, or else have spent some time in the country on holiday or business trips. This is a course for those who will already be able to talk confidently in the present, past, future and conditional tenses.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2023 prior to starting the course.

Fee information

There will be no textbook, however grammatical contents from Genki II will be visited. The participants are expected to bring their own materials required for the monthly classroom meeting (e.g., calligraphy card)

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £150.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £150.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

Qualifications received

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.

Learning & method assessment

Learning activities will include individual, pair, small group and whole class work. You will listen to the spoken word through conversation activities, CDs and DVDs, practise speaking, play games, read more complex texts and write accounts. This is not an accredited course so there will be no formal examination. However, your tutor will ask you to complete informal assessment exercises and will give you feedback.