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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.

Term 1, 2019 Topics: TBA

*The following topics have been covered in 2018

  • Japanese people and their laughter
  •  Watching and analyzing comedies
  •  The menace of Artificial Intelligence
  •  Discussing pros and cons of robots
  •  Leprosy and Japan
              Reading the novel An by Dorian Sukegawa
              Viewing the film An and writing a film review
  •  Analysis of popular Japanese blogs
  •  Examination of the 60’s
    Film viewing of Elegant Beast by Yuzo Kawashima
  • Reading about “Now” in Japan
    * Analysis and discussion on current affairs in Japan
    * Contrasting the systems of politics and media in Japan and Australia
  • The cultural climate of Japan
    * Reading travel journals from popular blogs
    * Travel memoir – writing a travel journal
    * Ethnic minorities in Japan and their languages
    * Film viewing
  • Brush-up on grammar and Kanji

「Upper Advancedコース」では、これまでに培ってきた「話す・読む・聞く・書く」総合的能力をさらに高め、より自然な日本語の活用を目標とします。新聞やTVニュースを題材に日本や世界の時事トピックを討論したり、日本語で映画や小説を楽しんだりもします。さらに専門的な文章などが理解できる読解力を身につけます。また同僚とのコミュニケーションや仕事に関するメールのやりとりなど、仕事の場面で使われる日本語にも注目します(N1レベル相当)。



  • 「笑いと日本人」 コメディの視聴と分析
  • 「AIの脅威」 AI・ロボットの両義性を討論
  • ハンセン病と日本
                    小説 ドリアン助川著「あん」の読解
  • 人気ブログの分析
  • 「60年代」
                    映画「しとやかな獣」 鑑賞
  • 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
    * 日本とオーストラリアの政治、メディアを比較する
  • 日本の風土
    * 人気ブログの旅行記を読む
    * 思い出の旅行 - 旅行記を書く
    * 日本の少数民族とその言語
    * 映画鑑賞
  • 文法と漢字 ブラッシュアップ

Course Details

Course fee

$375/term: New students
$350/term: Continuing students

Course fee includes materials.

Evening  class

Mondays | February 4 – April 8, 2019
Taught by Shoko Ono
Venue: The Library at The Japan Foundation, Sydney

Class Size

Min: 7 / Max: 10 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.


There is no textbook for this course.

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Term 1: Feb 4 – Apr 13
Term 2: Apr 29 – Jul 6
Term 3: Jul 22 – Sep 28
Term 4: Oct 7 – Dec 14

* J-Course terms run for 10 weeks each. As Monday, 10 June and 7 October are NSW public holidays, class will not run on these days but will be held instead on Friday, 15 June and 11 October respectively.


Photo: Brett Boardman

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