Centre for Continuing Education

Japanese Course 201 (Level 5)

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If you want to learn to speak Japanese, our Japanese classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn Japanese language and culture. Learn Japanese the smart way with Japanese courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

The content covered will compliment your growing vocabulary and ability to understand various grammatical structures by teaching you how to describe your job, the norms for socialising at events, talking about your activities and responding to various inquiries. Suitable for those who have completed all levels of Japanese up to 104 or 95 hours of recent face to face tuition.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Forbid someone from doing something and give a reason for doing so.
  2. Ask someone not to do something.
  3. Talk about what they are doing now.
  4. Talk about whether they have finished an activity.
  5. Talk about where they live, where they work, and who their friends are.
  6. Ask where something is sold.
  7. Ask someone at a party or store about something they are interested in.
  8. Talk about someone’s likes, skills, and interests.
  9. Introduce someone, giving details about where they live or work, and what their interests are.
  10. Talk about what they want to do or where they want to live.
  11. Exchange information about a mutual interest.
  12. Read and write vocabulary, using approximately 80 Kanji.
  13. Read and write short sentences that includes vocabulary, using approximately 80 Kanji.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Forbidding someone from doing something and giving a reason for doing so
  • Asking someone not to do something
  • Talking about what you are doing now
  • Talking about whether you have finished an activity
  • Talking about where you live, where you work, and who your acquaintances are
  • Asking where something you are looking for is sold
  • Socialising at functions
  • Exchanging information about personal likes, skills and interests
  • Introducing someone, giving details about where they live, work or what their interests are
  • Talking about what you want to do or where you want to live

Intended Audience

Suitable for A2 level students, those who have completed all levels of Japanese up to 104 or those who have completed 95 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.


This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed text

Japanese for Busy People 1 Revised 3rd Edition (Romanized version) (Kodansha International Ltd) ISBN-10: 1568363842 | ISBN-13: 978-1568363844

Japanese for Busy People 1 Revised 3rd Edition (Kana version) (Kodansha International Ltd) ISBN-10: 1568363850 | ISBN-13: 978-1568363851

Participants who cannot read ‘hiragana’ and ‘katakana’ are advised to get the Romanized (Rooma-ji) version; participants who can read ‘hiragana’ and ‘katakana’ are advised to get the Kana version.

Basic Kanji 500 Vol 1 New Edition by Chieko Kano, Yuri Shimizu, Hiroko Takenaka, and Eriko Ishii ISBN 9784893588821

Based on Chapters 21 – 25 of Japanese for Busy People I and Lessons 5 – 8 of Basic Kanji. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to 5 days prior to commencement.

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Please Note

Selected Language and Culture courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

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