Japanese Programmes for April - June 2017

Course duration: 10 weeks (dates & times below)
Course fee: £120 payable online via Paypal (includes welcome pack, online support, £40 members discount on all courses, and access to members only events). £80 for members and continuing students.
Location: Edinburgh Language Centre, 62 - 66 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR


Course descriptions

Classes are offered in blocks of ten weeks for flexibility and affordability and are offered on a rolling basis for new and continuing students. Classes are designed to be small for the greatest interaction between the student and the instructor, who is a native Japanese speaker and experienced Japanese instructor for all ages and interest groups. Students will receive a welcome pack at the start of the course, be provided with all course materials and enjoy school members benefits including access to our new online support system for help about homework or tough subjects covered in class, member's discount on all our courses from languages to tai chi, and members-only events including a haiku poetry workshop.


Beginners 1.1

Our Beginners 1.1 course is for anyone who wishes to start Japanese without previous knowledge. In the weekly hour session, our teacher will guide you through your first steps in speaking, listening, reading and writing Japanese. With communication practice and an introduction to Japanese culture, learners will receive a holistic understanding of the Japanese language. By the end of the beginners 1.1 course learners will be able to construct basic statements and questions, offering simple greetings, introduce themselves and share their interests. Learners will be able to recognise Hiragana and Katakana with basic grammatical structures.

Beginners 1.2

This course is for continuing students in our beginners programme, and builds upon what has been covered in Beginners 1.1 in all areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will continue to develop their understanding of basic grammatical structures and Hiragana and Katakana scripts. Students will cover: describing the weather, number and time, ordering food and drink, giving simple expressions of likes and dislikes, and describing relationships of friends and family. 

Beginners 1.3

This course continues with everyday conversation and topics such as describing features and characteristics of objects and people, expressing thoughts about experiences, and giving reasons. At the end of the course, students should be able to read and understand basic expressions and sentences written in hiragana, katakana and kanji, to listen and comprehend conversations about topics regularly encountered in daily life and classroom situations, and be able to pick up necessary information from short conversations spoken slowly. Students will be at JLPT N5 level upon completion of the course.

Post-Beginners 2.1

Beginners 2.1 is a post-beginners course designed for students who have completed our Beginners programme 1.1–1.3, and suitable for those who have reached JLPT N5 proficiency. Learners will be introduced to talking about daily activities, describing ongoing actions and past experiences, inviting people to one’s home, and describing concrete objects with increased vocabulary in food, drink, likes and dislikes. Learners will be able to read and write basic Kanji, and continue to develop their understanding of Hiragana and Katakana scripts.

Post-Beginners 2.2

During this course students will be guided in asking for help (in work and daily life issues), expressing wishes, discussing health issues, education as well as social topics such as global warming and environmental issues. They will be able to use a variety of grammatical structures such as nominalising sentences and passive structures.


Intermediate & advanced classes available privately upon request


Enjoy first-class tuition with online support outside of class, Academy Member's discount on all courses and access to Members only events.


Our instructor

Born in Japan, Mrs Davidson is a native Japanese speaker. She is a very well experienced and qualified Japanese instructor, who is widely recommended and in high demand in the Edinburgh area.  She has been an interpreter for a governmental department and a large multinational company, freelance translator and translator of books and a Japanese-English dictionary, and has been conducting language classes both in group format and private one-to-one sessions for many years.

Japanese (April - June)