Japanese Programme
Centre for Language Studies’ Japanese Programme is one of the largest and most prestigious language programmes in the world. From travelling, studying or working in Japan, career development in Japanese companies overseas, or simply enjoying Japan's unique culture and society, we open the doors to any person who has a keen interest in learning the Japanese language.

Have you ever thought of the following activities: watching Japanese TV programmes without subtitles, appreciating Japanese traditional cultures in authentic ways, travelling in Japan without language difficulties, and working for Japanese / global companies?
Centre for Language Studies’ Japanese Programme will open the doors to any person who has a keen interest in learning the Japanese language.
Lessons conducted are based on a unique approach well testified and established over decades. This approach has helped a number of NUS graduates build the Japanese language proficiency they need to achieve their ambitions and satisfy their passions.
In this, linguistic and socio-cultural knowledge necessary for communicating in Japanese and communication skills are enhanced through various communicative activities. We provide plenty of opportunities to apply lesson materials in simulated real world situations.

Persons who complete Levels 1-5 will reach the level of N5 of JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) for their knowledge in both grammar and vocabulary. In addition, strong foundation for communication skills will be gained through a “performance based approach”.

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JAPANESE LANGUAGE LEARNING OUTCOMES
The Japanese Language modules are designed and structured for the busy working professional who aspires to attain language mastery in the Japanese Language.
Competencies achieved through attending the progressive modules are useful to building confidence so as to enable the individual to speak, understand and read basic syntax in the newly-acquired language focus.
Modules are designed in a structured and coherent manner, positioned from an adult perspective so that they closely address and match the adults’ learner’s quest for continuing education.

Successful completion of the language competencies are contingent upon participants’ consistency in attendance, and the dedication of time to practice after each class session.

A certificate of proficiency is awarded to participants who successfully complete Japanese 3.


NO MINIMUM STANDARD REQUIRED FOR EMBARKING ON THE COURSE
The Japanese Language modules are designed in progression from Level 1 to Level 3. This corresponds to a beginner in the language focus to roughly the equivalent of Beginner Level.

No specific pre-requisites are needed to enroll in Level 1. However, people who have intention to join mid-stage in the series of Levels are advised to take a placement test.

Please contact us at clslang@nus.edu.sg for the placement test.


INCORPORATING ASSESSMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Each module of content comprises some 30 hours, incorporating assessments and assignments. For each of the levels from 1 to 3, there will be an assessment (pass or fail) set for students to gauge their ability and readiness to continue onto the next higher level in Japanese Language.
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Each level runs for 10 weeks, totalling 30 hours. The completion of 3 levels will require 30 weeks, totalling 90 hours.

Full Module Descriptions (Module Topics)
LEVEL 1
LEVEL 2
LEVEL 3
LEVEL 4
JAPANESE LEVEL 1
Fees :
Full fee: $642 | Fee after NSA subsidy: $342

Material Cost :
Fresh Student - $90
Start Date :
Jan 2020 (TBC)

Venue :
NUS Kent Ridge
**This course is approved by SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) and National Silver Academy (NSA). SFC Course Code: EXJ1**
Pre-requisites: None
This course is meant for participants with no prior knowledge of the target language. Participants with prior knowledge (including spoken proficiency) are advised to contact CLS to take a placement test.


Course Description:
This is the first part of introductory-level Japanese. It is designed to provide competence in handling various tasks in daily life and professional life using basic linguistic and socio-cultural skills. With more emphasis placed on the development of oral communication skills, the goal of this course is not only to gain basic knowledge but also the skills to utilise the Japanese Language.
Participants will also learn how to read and write Hiragana and Katakana (Japanese scripts).
At the end of the course, participants will be able to introduce themselves, buy things, write and read Japanese scripts.


Course Content:
Participants will be engaged in tasks to achieve the following communicative functions:

1. Greeting, basic personal information
2. Exchange business cards
3. Ask for location
4. Do shopping
5. Make a phone call
6. Ask about the time and date
7. Transportation
8. Write and read in Hiragana & Katakana( Japanese scripts )

Schedule:
TBC, Saturday

Registration deadline: TBC
JAPANESE LEVEL 2
Fees :
Full fee: $642 | Fee after NSA subsidy: $342

Material Cost :
Fresh Student - $105 , Continuing Student - $45
Start Date :
Jan 2020 (TBC)

Venue :
NUS Kent Ridge
**This course is approved by SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) and National Silver Academy (NSA). SFC Course Code: EXJ2**
Pre-requisites
This course is meant for candidates who have obtained a certificate of achievement for Japanese Level 1 or passed the placement test.

Course Description:
This course builds upon Japanese Level 1 and aims to develop basic linguistic and socio-cultural skills. More emphasis is placed on the development of oral communication skills, and the goal of this course is not only to gain basic knowledge but also the skills to utilise the Japanese Language.
Participants will also learn how to read and write using Kanji.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to talk about daily routine, make enquires on the phone and make an invitation for social activities.


Course Content:
Participants will be engaged in tasks to achieve the following communicative functions:

1. Daily activities
2. Food, drinks and sports
3. Talk about family
4. Give and receive a gift
5. Describe a thing, place or person
6. Talk about things you like
7. Ask for location of things or people

Schedule:
TBC

Registration deadline: TBC
JAPANESE LEVEL 3
Fees :
Full fee: $642 | Fee after NSA subsidy: $342

Material Cost :
Fresh Student - $105 , Continuing Student - Nil
Start Date :
TBC

Venue :
NUS Kent Ridge
**This course is approved by SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) and National Silver Academy (NSA). SFC Course Code: EXJ3**
Pre-requisites
This course is meant for candidates who have obtained a certificate of achievement for Japanese Level 2 or have passed the placement test.

Course Description:
This course builds upon Japanese Level 2 and aims to develop basic linguistic and socio-cultural skills. More emphasis is placed on the development of oral communication skills, and the goal of this course is not only to gain basic knowledge but also the skills to utilise the Japanese Language.
Participants will also learn how to read and write more Kanji. Participants are also trained to learn basic self-study skills in Japanese to enable them to continue studying Japanese both in and outside of the classroom.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to talk about past events, choose better items by comparing things, and offer to help other people.

Course Content:
Participants will be engaged in tasks to achieve the following communicative functions:
1. Count items
2. Talk about frequency
3. Talk about past events
4. Compare things and places
5. Express your desire to do something
6. Understand instructions
7. Offer help
8. Talk about what a person doing now
9. Ask for permission

Schedule:
TBC
JAPANESE LEVEL 4
Fees :
Full fee: $642 | Fee after NSA subsidy: $342

Material Cost :
Fresh Student - $105 , Continuing Student - Nil
Start Date :
TBC

Venue :
NUS Kent Ridge
Pre-requisites
This course is meant for candidates who have obtained a certificate of achievement for Japanese Level 3 or have passed the placement test.

Course Description:
This course builds upon Japanese Level 3 and aims to develop basic linguistic and socio-cultural skills. More emphasis is placed on the development of oral communication skills, and the goal of this course is not only to gain basic knowledge but also the skills to utilise the Japanese Language.
Participants will also learn how to read and write more Kanji. Participants are also trained to learn basic self-study skills in Japanese to enable them to continue studying Japanese both in and outside of the classroom.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to understand instructions, talk about hobbies and experiences and know how to talk casually.

Course Content:
Participants will be engaged in tasks to achieve the following communicative functions:
1. Elaborate on an event using multiple sentences
2. Understand instructions on what you should not do
3. Talk about things that you have to do
4. Talk about hobbies
5. Talk about what you can do
6. Talk about experiences
7. Talk casually

Schedule: TBC

Registration deadline: TBC
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