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Japanese

Japanese is a complex and rich language. If you are looking to study Japanese as a hobby or for business, UNSW Institute of languages provide courses to provide you with a good understanding of the Japanese language and culture.

Courses are available from beginners to advanced so you can continue to advance your skills.

Duration Average class size Levels Fee
10 weeks 12 students Beginner to Advanced AUD$390

Key Benefits

  • Learn to speak, read and write Japanese as you progress through the course levels.
  • Communicate more confidently when travelling to Japan.
  • Understand and communicate better with Japanese speaking friends or family.
  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities with the addition of a foreign language skill.
  • Small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers and advanced classroom technology create an ideal learning environment.

The textbook for these courses is available from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus, Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney). View the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

Please note: This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.

Course Level Guides

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

Text Book: Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities AND
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

This level covers the following topics:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Giving and exchanging personal information: nationality, occupation, phone number etc.
  • Objects and possessions
  • Time
  • Business hours
  • Shopping
  • Ordering at a restaurant
  • Hiragana

Language/grammar points include:

  • Numbers (0~ 99999)
  • Counting words
  • X wa Y desu
  • Question sentences
  • (noun) no (noun)
  • Kore,sore,are,dore
  • Kono,sono,ano,dono + (noun)
  • Dareno (noun)
  • (noun) ja arimasen

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have an understanding of the basics of the language
  • be able to communicate in a limited way on some practical everyday matters.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the language.

Text Book: Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities AND
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

This level covers the following topics:

  • Dates
  • Birthdays
  • Times, places and companions
  • Actions and events
  • Personal information
  • Positions
  • Katakana

Language/grammar points include:

  • Time reference (Time word and dates on calendar)
  • Verbs
  • Verb conjugation (present and past tense, affirmative and negative)
  • Particles (ni, to etc)
  • Describing means of transportation: particle de
  • Describing where things/people are (with location words)
  • ~ ga arimasu/ imasu (There is/are ~)
  • ~ ni arimasu/ imasu
  • Adverbs describing frequency

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.

Text Book (weekday evening classes): Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities AND
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

Text Book (Saturday classes): Japanese for Busy People I (Revised 3rd Edition, Kana Version)


This level covers the following topics:

  • Receiving and giving
  • Describing things and people
  • invitations, offers and suggestions
  • Narratives
  • Polite request
  • Reviewing Hiragana /Katakana
  • Kanji

Language/grammar points include:

  • Receiving and giving
  • Adjectives - affirmative and negative
  • Adjectives - present and past tense
  • ~masenka (inviting someone to do something together)
  • Verb conjugaison;Te-form,
  • Verb Te-form for joining sentences
  • Making a polite request (~te kudasai)
  • Extensive verb conjugation; Shall I ~, Shall we ~, Let’s ~, Won’t you ~
    (~masho-oka, ~masho-o, ~masenka)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have awareness of some grammatical structures
  • be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.

Text Book (weekday evening classes): Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities AND
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

Text Book (Saturday classes): Japanese for Busy People I (Revised 3rd Edition, Kana Version)


This level covers the following topics:

  • Travelling and travel times
  • Permission, accepting and refusing
  • Asking someone not to do something
  • Actions
  • Personal information  
  • Places of residence and work
  • Likes and preferences
  • Desires
  • Asking what someone wants to do
  • Explaining your symptoms to a doctor   
  • Kanji

Language/grammar points include:

  • ~temo iidesuka (asking for permission)
  • ~te imasu (present progressive, habitual actions and current states)
  • Verb conjugation; ~nai form
  • ~nai de kudasai (asking someone not to do something)
  • ~wa ~ga sukidesu, itaidesu, jo-ozudesu and wakariamsu
  • Verb conjugation; ~tai form (want to do something)
  • ~wa ~ga itaidesu

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in and understand the language on many practical everyday matters.

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Marugoto Elementary1 A2 :

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities AND
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

This level covers the following topics:

  • Indefinite places, things or people
  • Information or advice
  • Preferences and comparisons
  • Explanations
  • Ongoing actions or situations
  • Expressing frequency
  • Kanji

Language/grammar points include:

  • dokoka, nanika, itsuka, dareka
  • Stating and asking preference ; ~wa ~ga iidesu (ka)
  • Comparing two or more things; ~no houga ~yori ~, ~wa ~yori ~,
    ~no nakade ~ga ichiban ~
  • Stating decisions; ~ni shimasu
  • Getting information or advice; ~n desu ga…..
  • Te forms for joining sentences (adjectives and nouns)
  • ~te imasu (describing ongoing actions or situations)
  • Going somewhere to do something (~ni ~ni ikimasu)
  • Verbs conjugation - plain forms: present-affirmative and present -negative
  • Asking for and offering explanations; ~n desu ka / ~n desu
  • Expressing frequency

Module B

This level covers the following topics:

  • Past experiences
  • Strong suggestions and explanations
  • Expressing a sequence of events
  • Describing how you do/did something
  • Describing events
  • Describing a change in state
  • Using direct and indirect quotation
  • Kanji

Language/grammar points include:

  • Verb conjugation; plain forms: past-affirmative and past -negative tenses
  • Talking about past experiences (~ta kotoga arimasu)
  • Using the adverbial forms of adjectives to modify verbs
  • Going somewhere to do something and coming back(~te kimasu)
  • Making strong suggestions (~hou ga iideu)
  • Not yet (mada ~teimasen)
  • Asking for and offering explanations (~n desu with adjectives and nouns)
  • Expressing a sequence of events; before~ (~mae ni)
  • Expressing a sequence of events; after~ (~te kara)
  • When (~toki)
  • Describing a change in state (~narimashita)
  • Plain forms of adjectives and nouns + desu
  • Using direct and indirect quotation ( ~to itte imashita)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers
  • discuss some personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be developed.

This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures. It covers two separate modules (4A and 4B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Japanese for Busy People II (Revised 3rd Edition, Kana Version):

This level covers the following topics:

  • Describing people/ things, qualifying with verbs and adjectives
  • Expressing potentiality
  • Expressing volition “I am thinking about …”
  • Expressing uncertainty
  • Talking about future events coming into being
  • Kanji

Language/grammar points include:

  • Qualifying nouns with verbs and adjectives
  • Nominalising sentences (~no)
  • Giving a reason (~node)(Te form)
  • Expressing potentiality (verb -potential form)
  • Verb - volitional form
  • Forming indirect questions( ~ka douka)
  • Expressing uncertainty (~kamo shiremasen)
  • Talking about future events coming into being(~tara)

Module B

This level covers the following topics:

  • Describing changes
  • Hypothetical situations
  • Actions: cause and effects
  • Conditions
  • Expressing duty or obligation and necessity
  • Kanji

Language/grammar points include:

  • Describing a change in state (~te kimasu)
  • Making hypothetical statements (~tara)
  • Stating the result of an action or event (~tara)
  • Indicating that an action or event has been completed (~te shimaimashita)
  • Making conditional statements (~ba)
  • Speaking of natural or habitual results (~to)
  • Expressing necessity (~nakereba narimasen)
  • Intransive and transive verbs

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse with native speakers
  • follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

This level (20 weeks) is for speakers who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy. It covers two separate modules (5A and 5B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Module A

Text Book:Marugoto Elementary2 A2:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities AND
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

This level covers the following topics:

  • Explaining if something is possible or not possible
  • Giving number of reasons
  • Talking about appearances
  • Try doing~
  • Expressing conditional situations
  • Describing the frequency of an action
  • Expressing desires
  • Explaining probabilities
  • Expressing giving to someone and receiving from someone
  • Giving advice or recommendations
  • Expressing something is greater than what is expected, amount is less than expected
  • Kanji

Language/grammar points include:

  • Potential forms
  • Enumerating facts (~shi)
  • Stating how something appears to you (~soo desu)
  • To try doing/to do and see(~te miru)
  • Conditional form (nara)
  • Frequency per period (period ni frequency)
  • Expressing desires (hoshii)
  • Indicating the degree of certainty (kamoshiremasen)
  • Giving and receiving (ageru,morau and kureru)
  • Giving advice or recommendations (~tara dou desu ka)
  • Emphatic use of “mo” , As many as, as few as

Module B

Genki 2 course book will be used. Course descriptions are yet to be finalised

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

This level (20 weeks) is for speakers who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

Learning Outcomes

This open-ended course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

If there isn’t a class to suit you, please join the waiting list and we will notify you when it is available.

January Short Course

January Short Course is a two week intensive short course that builds your initial language skills

Level 1A
Monday 15 January 2018 - Thursday 25 January 2018
8 sessions, 20 hours (Course days are Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:15pm - 8:45pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Term 1 Evening Courses

Level 1A
Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 11 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 1B
Tuesday 6 February – Tuesday 10 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2A
Monday 5 February – Monday 16 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2B
Thursday 8 February – Thursday 12 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 3A
Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 11 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 4A
Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 11 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 5A
Thursday 8 February – Thursday 12 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Term 1 Saturday Courses

Level 1A
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6)
AUD $390
Level 1B
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390
Level 2A
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390
Level 2B
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390
Level 3A
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390
Level 5A
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390

Languages - FAQs

A course is one term of tuition. Each term is 10 weeks in duration.

There are 6 Levels. These are: Beginners (level 1), Elementary (level 2), Lower Intermediate (level 3), Intermediate (level 4), Upper Intermediate (level 5), and Advanced (level 6). Each level consists of 20 weeks of study, or 2 x 10 week terms.

Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, French and Italian are offered in a variety of levels from Beginners through to Advanced levels. Other languages are offered from Beginners to Intermediate levels. The availability of levels each term depends on student numbers.

Levels 1 and 2 are divided into 10 weeks courses (1A, 1B, 2A and 2B). Courses at these levels must to be taken in sequence because they offer beginners or elementary level instruction which will give the student a basic foundation in the language. Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all 20 weeks covering two separate modules over two separate terms.

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term. However, in order to progress to the next level it is usual for students to study for 20 weeks at the one level.

Course books are chosen by language teachers. See the Course Content section of the website for more information.

Teachers follow the course books but often also provide additional materials for students.

No. Students are encouraged to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought in week 1 in the Blockhouse – UNSW Main Campus, or from UNSW bookshop, or online.

We have a policy of employing teachers who are native speakers. All teachers will either be native speakers or have spent considerable time in a country in which the language is spoken.

All UNSWIL teachers have teaching qualifications and teaching experience.

Classes have an average of 10-12 students, with 18 being the maximum number.

The minimum age for students is 18. There is no maximum age.

UNSWIL language courses do not have formal exams or tests, but revision is conducted through a range of other methods depending on the class and the teacher.

Students should self-assess their language level before enrolling in a course by considering the number of hours they have spent studying the language prior to the course and their experience of the language (see website Level Guide for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries.

Once payment has been made you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. This will be your class confirmation. No further confirmation will be sent. If we have to cancel a class due to insufficient enrolments you will be sent a class cancellation email 1 to 2 days before the class was due to begin. 

Most courses focus on speaking and listening and the essential grammar and vocabulary required to improved verbal and aural fluency. Courses focus less on writing and reading.

Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of each level, provided they have attended at least 60% of the term. For students in levels 3,4,5 and 6, certificates will be issued at the completion of the 20-week level.   

No. Payments can be made online using a credit card.  EFTPOS is also accepted.

There is street parking on Day Avenue and streets just west of Anzac Parade. Restricted campus parking is also available in the UNSW car park on the corner of Day Ave and Anzac Parade.

The Summer short courses run in January and offer languages at Introduction level (1A and sometimes 1B). 20 hours of tuition are offered over 8 evenings (Mon-Thurs) so that a student can complete a whole level in less than 2 weeks.

Welcome to our Apply Online page:

  1. Please read our How to Apply section.
  2. Please study our Application Checklist and have all documents ready.
  3. Please note our Conditions of Enrolment for Modern Languages programs.
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