A level Japanese

Japanese at Ashbourne is taught in small groups or on a one-to-one basis which means students get plenty of individual attention to help them build confidence and fluency in the language.

Japanese is a challenging yet rewarding language to learn and is best suited to able students who are prepared to work hard and commit.

Why study Japanese?

Japan is a prosperous country and well known for innovation in a wide range of fields particularly technology and industry. Sony, Toshiba and Toyota are among the many leading Japanese companies.

Being able to speak Japanese and having a real understanding of cultural values and views will be a great benefit in finding work worldwide.

Japan is not only about business though. There is a rich heritage of art, culture, history, economy and philosophy to explore.

Which syllabus do we follow?

Ashbourne follows the Edexcel specification for Japenese A level

What does this course cover?

You will learn the skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) necessary to express yourself fluently in Japanese. Students will develop these skills by exploring a range of social, political and cultural topics which include youth culture (e.g. music, art, technology, relationships), lifestyle, health and fitness, and the world around us (e.g. tourism, transport, environment).

Students will also undertake a research project on a topic of their choice to illustrate their proficiency in Japanese. They will learn how to translate from Japanese to English and the other way round and produce extended written work on a range of topics relating to the culture, society, region, annual events of Japan and Japanese-speaking communities. A level students will also read novels in Japanese.

Who teaches this course?

Sakae Osakabe

Japanese Language teaching certificate

Sakae has plenty of experience teaching at all levels in a wide range of business and academic institutions. She also enjoys reading, travelling and music.

Beyond A level Japanese

With A level Japanese you will be well equipped to expand your studies of Japanese history, politics and culture by taking a degree in Japanese or by doing a combined degree in Oriental Studies, History, Business, Design and other languages.

Suggested reading and resources

BooksCulture
JP Books
Booksellers in Denmark Street offering a wide range of books and publications in Japanese as well as other cultural goodies.

Grant & Cutler (Foyles)
Long established foreign-language bookshop with books and media in more than 150 languages, as well as national newspapers and magazines. Now owned by independent bookseller Foyles on Charing Cross Road.

JapanFoundation
The Foundation runs a variety of arts, culture, education and language activities in London and across the UK.

Japan Centre
The Japan Centre was set up in 1976 to bring a wide range of authentic Japanese goods to the UK. It’s now a bustling supermarket and deli with a wide range of books and magazines.

Textbooks

Minna no Nihongo 1 & 2 with grammar notes

Basic Kanji book

Don don yomeru iroirona hanashi by Miharu Akimoto et. al

Kitchen
Madogiwa no Totto-chan

Films

Spirited Away
Nobody knows
Dear Doctor

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
StudentsParentsTeachers
What I like about Ashbourne is that everyone is enveloped into the really close-knit family, regardless of race or background. The teaching goes beyond simply imparting skills and knowledge, but also extends to encouraging and inspiring students, which makes learning a lot more enjoyable. The amount of passion that everyone has and the amount of individual attention the college gives to every student creates a pleasant and stimulating environment. Ashbourne has exceeded my expectations in so many ways, and I have really enjoyed my time here in the college
Enn Nee PinkyArts and Sciences with a Year Abroad at UCL - University College London (University of London)
She feels well respected as a pupil and gets the assistance she needs to understand the material
I see Ashbourne as a place which I feel comfortable to express myself and it creates an environment that encourages me to develop as a leader. I am constantly looking for ways to improve. I am determined to continue to develop myself and I know that this is made more attainable with Ashbourne’s fantastic support and encouragement. I am very lucky to find myself at Ashbourne. It is a truly remarkable place to work.
Dennis FulcherHead of Multi-Media and Social Science Faculty
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