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Japanese for Adults

General Information

Three levels: Beginner 1, 2 and 3
Three terms (Term 1, 2 and 3) to complete each level
Three terms run as below:


- Genki I: an Intergraded course in Elementary Japanese, 3rd  Edition”   (E Bannon et al., Japan Times, 2020)

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Material covered at each level

  Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Beginner 1 (B1) No textbook; Study Pack provided by EJCA "Genki I" Lessons 1–2 "Genki I" Lessons 3–4
Beginner 2 (B2) "Genki I" Lessons 4–5 "Genki I" Lessons 6–7 "Genki I" Lessons 7–8
Beginner 3 (B3) "Genki I" Lessons 8–9 "Genki I" Lessons 10–11 "Genki I" Lessons 11–12

Placement test

Students with Japanese language experience may be allowed to start at the level/term appropriate to their proficiency when achieving a minimum of 60% on the online placement test. All new students to the Japanese for Adults needs to take placement test.

It is not necessary to take the placement test to apply for B1–1.

Please refer to the table below for the list of prerequisites for each level/term.

B1-3 online placement test

Classes will be cancelled if there is insufficient enrolment. If this is the case, class fees (but not membership fees) will be refunded. You will be on a waiting list if the class is full.

Prerequisites for each level / term

Beginner 1 (B1)


Term 1

No Japanese language experience is required

Term 2

- Can read/write hiragana
- Can use basic greeting expressions in appropriate situations
- Can count from 0 to 100
- Can make a simple self-introduction using the basic sentence structure "X wa Y desu"

Term 3

- Can read/write katakana
- Can count from 100 to 1,000,000
- Can ask and tell the time
- Can ask and tell the price of an item
- Can ask and tell where things are
- Can ask and tell what things are
- Can tell what things are not, using the structure "X wa Y ja nai desu"
- Can make simple exchanges in a shopping/restaurant situation

Beginner 2 (B2)Prerequisites
Term 1
- The prerequisites listed for Beginner 1 (see above)
- Can make basic sentences to describe one's daily routine
- Understand basic verb conjugation (present tense; affirmative and negative forms)
- Understand basic function of particles
Term 2
- Material covered in Term 1
- Can use location words to describe where things are
- Understand past tense of "desu" in affirmative and negative forms
- Understand past tense of verbs in affirmative and negative forms
- Can describe how things are, using adjectives
Term 3
- Material covered in Term 2
- Understand te-form and use it in sentences 

Beginner 3 (B3)Prerequisites
Term 1
- Prerequisites listed for Beginner 2 (see above)
- Use verb conjugations: masu-form, short form (present tense only) and te-form
- Use adjective conjugations: negative, past and te-form
- State request, permission, prohibition, and offering of assistance
Term 2
- Material covered in Term 1
- Indicate the existence of things and people
- Describe people's appearances and characteristics
- State the purpose of coming or going somewhere
- State preferences for activities
- Know verb conjugations: past tense, short form
- Can qualify the person with verbs and adjectives
- Describe that the action is not complete yet
Term 3
- Material covered in Term 2
- Make comparisons (expressing the comparative degree)
- Make comparisons (expressing the superlative degree)
- Describe what a person is planning to do in the future
- Describe a change in state
- Refer to indefinite places, things or people
- Describe your or someone's hope or aspiration
- Mention activities or events just as examples

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