Our language courses aim to develop your linguistic skills and intercultural competence.
The following Japanese courses are available for students currently studying at the University of Bath:
|Complete Beginner||Semester 1 & 2||Post Beginner||Semester 2|
|Lower Intermediate Part 1||Semester 1||Lower Intermediate Part 2||Semester 2|
You can find out more about our courses on the general information page.
Detailed entry guidelines and Schemes of Work for each course are available. Please contact us if:
- you are not a complete beginner
- you have already completed Japanese GCSE, A level, IB, any level of JLPT
- you are able to speak fluently, even if you are not confident in reading and writing
- Japanese is your heritage language (i.e. it is spoken in your family but is not your first language)
- you have lived in Japan in the past
This course is suitable if you have never studied Japanese before, or if you know just a few words or phrases.
During the course you will:
- be introduced to the language (pronunciation, vocabulary and basic grammar)
- learn to use greetings and useful phrases
- learn to introduce yourself and family (e.g. name, nationality, age, occupation, hobbies, likes and dislikes and describing people)
- learn to use the Japanese alphabets (Hiragana) and some Kanji
- learn to understand simple written and spoken texts
- be introduced to some aspects of traditional and modern Japanese culture, society, customs and habits
This course is suitable if you have completed the complete beginner course with us or you are at a similar level. In order to join the course, you are required to be able to read Hiragana fluently.
During the post beginner's course, you will:
- learn how to talk about yourself and everyday topics, such as: family and friends, daily routines, weekend and holiday plans and experiences, and your hometown / home country
- learn to use some phrases for weather, shopping and at a restaurant
- learn to use the Japanese alphabets (Hiragana and Katakana) and some Kanji
- listen to/read short spoken and written texts, including both fiction and non-fiction
- be introduced to some aspects of traditional and modern Japanese culture, society, customs, and habits.
Lower Intermediate Part 1
This course is suitable if you have completed the Post Beginners' course with us, or if you are at a similar level. Alternatively, you can join this course if you are at A1 level in the CEFR, a rusty past GCSE level student or achieved IB ab initio grades 1 – 5; or/and if you are preparing for JLPT N5. You are required to be able to read Hiragana and Katakana fluently.
During the Lower Intermediate Part 1 course, you will:
- learn to talk confidently about yourself and everyday topics such as: family and friends, daily routines, hobbies and interests, abilities and talents, past experiences and events, customs and habits, and future plans using some complex grammar structures
- learn how to express your thoughts and opinions
- listen to, read, write, and understand short texts, including both fiction and non-fiction
- learn how to talk about some aspects of traditional and modern culture, society, customs, and habits both in Japan and your home country
Lower Intermediate Part 2
This course is suitable if you have completed the Lower Intermediate Part 1 course with us, or if you are at a similar level. Alternatively, you can join this course if you are at A1/A2 level in the CEFR; have achieved a recent GCSE with a high grade or IB ab initio grades 6 or 7 / IB standard level grades 1 – 4; and/or if you have passed JLPT N5 or have just started preparing for JLPT N4.
During the Lower Intermediate Part 2 course, you will:
- learn how to discuss details within your field of interest
- learn to talk confidently and in detail about everyday topics such as: family and friends, weather forecasts and your health and well-being using some complex grammar structures
- learn to understand and follow instructions, including directions and during emergencies
- learn how to speak about a variety of subjects in formal and informal ways
- listen to, read, write, and understand longer texts, including both fiction and non-fiction
- learn how to talk about some aspects of traditional and modern culture, society, customs, and habits in Japan, your home country, and other countries
Course dates and times
All courses consist of 10 weekly interactive sessions delivered on campus in person (IPL = In-person learning).
Semester 1 courses will run on the following dates and times:
|Courses||Delivery||Day||Time||Start date||End date|
|Complete Beginner||IPL||Tuesday||14:15 - 16:05||10 Oct||12 Dec|
|Complete Beginner||IPL||Tuesday||18:15 - 20:05||10 Oct||12 Dec|
|Complete Beginner||IPL||Wednesday||11:15 - 13:05||11 Oct||13 Dec|
|Lower Intermediate Part 1||IPL||Wednesday||14:15 - 16:05||11 Oct||13 Dec|
|Lower Intermediate Part 1||IPL||Wednesday||18:15 - 20:05||11 Oct||13 Dec|
Enrolment for Semester 1 courses is now closed.
Dates and times for Semester 2 courses will be published in December 2023 and enrolment for Semester 2 will open in January 2024.
"Through the Beginners Japanese course, I’ve gained invaluable skills that I hope to use not just when I’m living in Japan, but in other careers in the future, too." (Hannah Halman, BA Spanish and Politics)
Read these student blogs on learning Japanese:
- How learning Japanese got me JET-set for Tokyo
- Life in Japan - my placement experience
- My language-learning journey at Bath
In addition to our courses, there are opportunities to develop your language and intercultural skills informally with other students through Peer Assisted Learning, Virtual Exchange and the Language Café.