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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 2, 2019 Topics: 

  • Reading about “Now” in Japan
    Analysis and discussion on current affairs in Japan
  • Looking back on the Heisei period
    Moving from the Heisei period into the Reiwa period
    Keywords: post bubble, IT revolution, natural disasters
    Overview of the Japanese Emperor System
    Reading a modern novel, “The Little House” by Kyoko Nakajima
    Viewing and analysing the film adaption of “The Little House”
  • Brush-Up on grammar and Kanji
  • Reading aloud
    Application of natural intonation

*The following topics have been covered in Term 1, 2019

  • Reading about “Now” in Japan
    Analysis and discussion on current affairs in Japan
  • “Japan” seen in media
    * Cultural difference in advertisements
    * Mass media and public sentiment
    * Viewing the film Nobody to Watch Over Me
    * Journalists and the discourse of “at your own risk”
  • Japanese people and identity in modern age
    * Contemporary Japan seen in the novel Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
    Keywords: Convenience stores, young generation, city life, manuals
  • Brush-Up on grammar and Kanji



  • 日本の「今」を読み解く
  •  「平成」を振り返る  ―     「平成」から「令和」へ
    現代小説 中島京子「小さいおうち」を読む
  • 文法と漢字 ブラッシュアップ
  • 音読


  • 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
  • メディアから見える「日本」
    * 広告から見る日本文化
    * マスコミと世論 - 映画鑑賞「誰も守ってくれない」
    * ジャーナリストと「自己責任論」
  • 現代日本人とアイデンティティ
    * 小説 村田紗耶香「コンビニ人間」にみる現代日本
  • 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 | April 29 – July 1, 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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