Japanese - Level 4


Course description

Part 1 of this course is designed for those who have a high-intermediate knowledge of Japanese. It will further develop your speaking, listening, and reading skills using basic expressions.

Part 2 of this course is designed for those who have an advanced ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations. The aim is to become able to talk in some detail and have conversations in Japanese about topics that you are interested in. 

Students interested in enrolling in these sections are invited to contact us beforehand for a level assessment.

Learning objectives

By the end of Part 1, you will be able to:

  • Give a self introduction.  Talk about yourself, giving a few details such as your hobbies, past experiences and so on;
  • Give your first impression of someone you do not know;
  • Say where you want to be seated in a restaurant;
  • Read a menu written vertically in Japanese;
  • Say in simple terms what things you cannot eat or drink and why;
  • Make a simple presentation about how to eat a particular dish from your country, using notes;
  • Ask/Tell a friend what a sightseeing spot is like;
  • Give advice about a good season, etc. for a trip based on personal experience;
  • Talk about which tour/ trip you are interested in;
  • Comment on a tour/ trip you went on;
  • And much more!

By the end of Part 2, you will be able to:

  • Listen to a coherent self introduction and understand the important points such as the person’s profile, the things he/she is interested in, his/her hopes and aspirations etc.;
  • Start talking to someone one does not know, ask questions about him/her, and talk about oneself in detail;
  • Give coherent self introduction containing one’s profile, hopes and aspirations etc.;
  • Listen to someone introducing a restaurant and understand information;
  • Talk about what ingredients to buy for a dish, where to buy them, how to use them;
  • Read a recipe for a dish;
  • Write a note telling a friend how to make a dish;
  • Explain the reasons why one likes the music and explain its appeal;
  • Write an email inviting a friend to a concert, and explain what kind of concert it is in simple terms;
  • And much more!


Students interested in enrolling in Japanese - Level 4 Part 1 and Part 2 are invited to contact us by calling 250-721-8630 or by email at languages@uvic.ca for a level assessment.


Part 1: 
Marugoto: Elementary 1 (A2) Katsudoo by Japan Foundation (required)

Part 2: 
Marugoto: Intermediate 1 (B1) by Japan Foundation (required)

Online Learning

Our online hybrid language courses make language learning flexible and convenient. The use of both synchronous and asynchronous delivery styles allows for both real-time virtual classroom conversation practice (synchronous delivery) and self-paced study (asynchronous delivery). The synchronous delivery style will occur during the scheduled class dates and time, using Zoom for videoconferencing, chat and screen sharing for class instruction and pair/group work. The asynchronous delivery style uses Brightspace, an online environment where learners can access class materials and resources for self-paced study throughout the week. Educational activities can include exercises, readings, forums, audio/video files, quizzes, etc.


World Language courses are offered three times per year:

  • September (registration opens in June)
  • January (registration opens in November)
  • April (registration opens in November)

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).