University of Birmingham Japanese

By | 20th April 2017

University of Birmingham Japanese

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University of Birmingham Japanese

  • Level: Beginner
  • Only available when studying one or two other languages at Advanced Level. We are one of the few universities in the UK that allow you to study Japanese at degree level, therefore studying this language will give you a distinctive profile which is bound to catch the eye of prospective employers.

We are one of the few universities in the UK that allow you to study Japanese to degree level. The study of this language will give you a distinctive profile which is bound to catch the eye of prospective employers.

Japan has an economy that puts it in a strong position on the global stage, and it is a key trading partner with the UK and Europe. Business leaders are therefore looking for graduates who can not only speak Japanese, but can operate successfully in the country’s cultural context too.

Our Intensive Beginners course is taught by highly qualified and experienced native-speaker staff. This course provides a firm grounding in all aspects of the language, ensures a high level of cultural competence and offers the opportunity to study at a partner university in Japan.

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Although Japanese language is spoken mainly in Japan, it is used and heard across many countries thanks to technology and globalization and nearly 36 million people are learning it worldwide. Whatever your reason for learning our language, knowing Japanese will enable you to appreciate what Japan can offer to you at first hand and to broaden your horizons. It will also enable you to see different aspects of Japan which are rarely taken up in the media.

The University of Birmingham has three full-time members of staff for Japanese, one of whom comes from the southern part of Japan called Fukuoka and the others come from the central area near Tokyo (Kanagawa and Gunma). Having different background and experiences (my experience is mainly at the UK universities, while others have teaching experience in various countries such as Mongolia or Russia or/and institutions such as adult education or secondary school for over ten years), we share the passion and dedication to help you to be able to communicate in Japanese and to deepen your understanding on Japan and its culture. Having ‘communication’ as our main focus in class, we will guide you step by step so that you can express yourself in both spoken and written Japanese.”

Junko Ogawa, BA (Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language), MA (Education) Language Co-ordinator for Japanese