Whether you are going on a short break and want to speak to the locals or are progressing onto fluency, we can organise Japanese courses to suit you. Remember to express your interest by enrolling, as our College can only run the course once a minimum of six students have expressed interest.
We have high hopes of starting a Beginners’ course in January 2014, day and time to be confirmed: please enrol NOW if you are interested!
We will be adding more detailed information specific to each Japanese course shortly, but for the moment, please see the learning outcomes set out by the Common European Framework (CEFR) for information on what you will learn on each level of our language courses.
A language user can develop various degrees of competence in each of several domains and to help describe them the CEFR has provided a set of Common Reference Levels. The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions which can be divided into six levels:
|A Basic Speaker
A1 Breakthrough or beginnerA2 Waystage or elementary
|B Independent Speaker
B1 Threshold or intermediateB2 Vantage or upper intermediate
|C Proficient SpeakerC1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
C2 Mastery or proficiency
While many of our students will be interested in level A1, some will wish to progress to levels A2 and B1, with others going on to B2 and even to C levels.
By the end of a year’s classes (i.e. three terms of 10-week blocks) . . .
Beginners A1: ideal start for those with no or very little knowledge of the language – after a period of study, students …
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Improvers A2: may suit students starting with a basic knowledge of the language but not yet able to converse fluently. After a period of study, students …
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Levels continue through B1 and B2, with greatly developing fluency, to C1 highly competent speaker, and finally C2, the highest level, complete bilingualism to the level of an educated native speaker.
Languages for All
Language courses for complete beginners through to proficient speakers, taught in 10-week blocks. You can re-enrol each term (three per year) for as long as you wish to develop your skills. In the early stages, students will learn using the Roman alphabet. For those interested in learning more about the traditional culture of Japan, its calligraphy will be gradually introduced.
CEFR levels: A1 – C2 (you will be asked to specify your level of understanding for this language upon enrolment).
Potential start date: September 2012, January 2013, April 2013
Potential times: TBC
Course Duration: 10 weeks
Class duration: 1.5 hours
£130 Adults 18+
£110 Seniors 60+ (if daytime course)
Are Moray Firth Tutorial College’s language courses right for me?
Yes if would like to learn:
- in small classes with lots of individual time with the tutor (our maximum class sizes are ten students)
- from specialist, native-language teachers who are passionate about their subject
- in the centre of Inverness, with easy access from public transport and car parks
- at a time which fits in with your schedule – we have evening and day classes and will try to accommodate any requests for a specific day or time.