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Upper Advanced Course (B2-2)


The Upper Advanced Course aims to comprehensively develop students’ speaking, reading, listening and writing skills that they have developed so far in their Japanese study, and enable them to use more sophisticated and natural Japanese. You will discuss current affairs featuring in newspapers and TV news, as well as gain appreciation of the language through materials such as film and literature. Furthermore, you will develop the skills to comprehend technical and academic passages written in Japanese, and refine their ability to use Japanese with colleagues in the workplace, both in verbal and written interactions such as email.

The Upper Advanced Course corresponds to N1 level.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Read a short story and understand the events and the motives for the characters’ actions.
  • Express their ideas and opinions with precision, present and respond to complex lines of argument.
  • Write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to their field of interest while synthesising and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources.
  • Use the language fluently, accurately and effectively on a wide range of topics, marking clearly the relationships between ideas.
  • Understand most TV news and current affairs programmes.

Topics for Term 1, 2022: TBC

The following topics were covered previously in 2021:

  • Exploring regions of Japan: Hokkaido
    * Climate and natural history
     Food culture and history
    * Ainu language and culture
  • Exploring regions of Japan: Aichi
    * Climate and history – Owari and Mikawa
     Food culture and industries
    * Traditional culture and festivals
  • Exploring regions of Japan: Kumamoto
    * Climate and history – Higo Province
     Food culture and tourism
    * Kumamoto earthquakes (2016) and restoration
  • Exploring regions of Japan: Yamaguchi
    * Climate and history – Nagato and Suo Provinces
    * Food culture and aquaculture
    * Traditional culture – traditional crafts and performing arts
  • Reading contemporary short stories
    Hakodate by Man Arai
    Soba vs. Kishimen Noodles by Shimizu Yoshinori
    *”Preface” from Soba vs. Kishimen Noodles by Shimizu Yoshinori
  • Reading about “Now” in Japan
    *Reading news articles
    *Analysis and discussion on current affairs in Japan
  • Getting comfortable with literary arts 
    * Pearl Flower and other short stories by Tan Onuma
    * Are you an echo? by Misuzu Kaneko
  • Brush-up on grammar and Kanji


【2021年Term 4のトピック】

  • 日本の地方を探る ― 山口編
    *風土と歴史 ― 長門国と周防国
    *伝統文化 ー 伝統工芸と芸能
  • 文芸に親しむ
  • 日本の「今」を読み解く
    * 時事問題の分析とディスカッション
  • 文法と漢字 ブラッシュアップ


  • 日本の地方を探る - 北海道編

  • 日本の地方を探る - 愛知編
  • 日本の地方を探る - 熊本編
  • 短編小説を読む
    * 新井満「函館」
    * 清水義範「蕎麦ときしめん」
    * 清水義範 短編集「蕎麦ときしめん」より「序文」
  • 日本の「今」を読み解く
    * ニュース記事を読む

  • 文法と漢字 ブラッシュアップ

Course Details in Term 1

Course fee

$350/term + $20 administration fee*

* New and returning students requiring a placement test will be charged a $20 non-refundable administration fee in addition to the $350 course fee when enrolling. 

Please note that the course fee does not include textbooks.

All classes in Term 1, 2022 will be held ONLINE.

Evening  class

Mondays | January 31 – April 4, 2022
Taught by Shoko Ono

Class Size

Min: 7 / Max: 14 participants

* In the case where enrolments do not reach the minimum number of 7 people, the class may be cancelled.


To apply for the Upper Advanced course, please email the J-Course team directly at jcourse(a), and include details of your Japanese language level. Please note that you will be required to take a level check test, which will be organised as soon as possible.

Online classes will be held via Zoom video conferencing. You can join a test meeting at

For the best experience with online classes and homework, we recommend using the following:
  • a computer or laptop (operating systems: Windows 10 or 8.1 / Mac OS X 10.10 or later),
  • the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari,
  • headphones with a microphone,
  • a web camera, and
  • a stable internet connection, with at least a 1.2Mbps download speed and 600kbps upload speed. You can test your internet speed here.

Recommended Materials

Please note that there is no set textbook for this course. Learning materials will be provided in class.

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Photo: Brett Boardman

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