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  • Kingston Language Scheme


Japanese modules are year-long, over 2 teaching blocks. Students can choose to take a language for one teaching block or continue for the whole year. 

Our Japanese courses are taught face-to-face on its entirety, students will attend classes at Kingston University in Penrhyn Road.

At the end of each teaching block there will be two assessments: Reading & Writing and an Oral Assessment.

Please note that KLS assessments cannot be rescheduled.

Japanese courses offered

Japanese Complete Beginners

This course is for absolute beginners. It aims to give learners a basic knowledge of reading, listening, spoken and written skills in a dynamic and communicative way, through individual, pair and group work and studio-based and authentic texts. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication.

Day and time:

  • Tuesdays 4.00pm - 6.00pm or Tuesdays 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Japanese Near Beginners

This course is aimed at learners who have completed KLS Japanese beginners (semester long) or have studied Japanese for 3 months.

This module will provide students with the foreign language skills to enable them to interact satisfactorily in survival situations and social encounters and to further their awareness of related aspects of the foreign culture and environment.

Day and time:

  • Thursdays 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Japanese Elementary

This course is for learners who have studied Japanese for 12 months and aims to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Japanese. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the grammar base acquired previously. Topics covered earlier will be revised and extended and new themes introduced which will develop learners' understanding of the society and culture of contemporary Japan.

Day and time:

  • Thursdays 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Duration and fees


  • 20 weeks. You can choose to study for one semester only (10 weeks) or for the whole year.

Teaching Block 1 (semester 1)

  • Week commencing 30 September 2019 to week commencing 09 December 2019. No lessons in week commencing 28 October 2019 (10 weeks).

    Teaching Block 2 (semester 2)

  • Week commencing 13 January 2020 to week commencing 23 March 2020. No lessons in week commencing 10 February 2020 (10 weeks)


  • Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston University.

Course fees:

  • Kingston University students: free (you will be required to purchase the course textbook independently at the beginning of the course. Your tutor will provide details in the first class).
  • Members of the public: £225 per semester or £420 for 2 semesters.
  • Kingston University alumni: £210 per semester or £400 for 2 semesters.
  • Kingston University staff: £60 per semester.

Contact us

Short Course Administrator
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7042
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7790

KLS Director:  Rosa Rodriguez-Garrido


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