Speak Japanese, and enter into a different world…
Learn to speak, understand, read and write Japanese on a STEP course at Step Up Japanese. Enrolment is now open for 2019/20!
“After many failed attempts to use online and other teaching tools, finally this course helped me gain confidence in spoken and written Japanese.” (Sheen, STEP 2, 2017)
“What I like the most is how relaxed the environment is. There’s no bad pressure and I enjoy myself a lot. Japanese lessons are one of the things I look most forward to during my week as they help me to disconnect from work. I feel I’m learning loads in such a short time.” (STEP 1 student, 2019)
A Japanese course for beginners. Learn the basic language you need to get around in Japan.
Beginner students learn greetings and common phrases, focusing on useful, practical language: asking for help, and ordering in a bar or restaurant.
You’ll also learn hiragana and katakana, the two basic Japanese scripts.
Based on the first half of 'Japanese for Busy People 1', the best beginner Japanese textbook. Click here to view a sample course outline for the STEP 1 course.
STEP 1 is ideal for you if...
★ You’re a beginner
★ You want to learn the basics in a fun, friendly environment
(Beginners may also be interested in my Travel Japanese for Beginners Summer Course!)
In STEP 2, we move out of the beginner stage and into “upper beginner”.
You’ll learn to use different sentence structures to express more complex ideas. This includes talking about likes and dislikes (can you say “hmm, it’s not really for me” in Japanese?), and giving reasons (“sorry, I’m allergic to prawns!”)
Based on the second half of 'Japanese for Busy People 1'. We keep learning katakana, the second basic Japanese script, and start to learn some kanji (Chinese characters). Click here to view a sample course outline for the STEP 2 course.
STEP 2 is ideal for you if...
★ You have some experience of studying Japanese at the beginner level
★ You want to gain more practice
On STEP 3, you’ll gain lots of speaking and listening practice at the pre-intermediate level. You’ll be talking about your experiences; your hobbies and interests; your hopes and dreams. We also learn new kanji (Chinese characters) every week.
In the Autumn term we finish the end of the textbook ‘Japanese for Busy People 1‘ (Chapters 22-25). In the Spring term we start learning the vocabulary, kanji and grammar from the second half of ‘Genki 1‘. If you are a new student and don’t want to buy both textbooks, I’ll provide copies of the Japanese for Busy People 1 pages in term 1. Click here to view a sample course outline for the STEP 3 course.
STEP 3 is ideal for you if...
★ You can read hiragana and katakana
★ You're comfortable with beginner material (e.g. a beginner textbook such as 'Japanese for Busy People 1') and ready to take the next step!
On STEP 4, my pre-intermediate 2 course, you’ll learn to say that things are possible (or not possible), that something might happen (or might not), and to make decisions (or politely defer making a decision!)
We’ll also learn about more Japanese festivals, workplace culture, share techniques for learning kanji (Chinese characters), and more.
By the end of the course, you'll be able to read and write 160 kanji.
This course covers the vocabulary, kanji and grammar from the second half of the textbook ‘Japanese for Busy People 2’. Click here to view a sample course outline for the STEP 4 course.
STEP 4 is ideal for you if...
★ You can already read hiragana, katakana, and around 50 kanji
★ You have some experience at the pre-intermediate level
On STEP 5, we move into the intermediate level, learning more advanced grammar and vocabulary for expressing your opinion, and talking about more complex ideas.
You’ll learn to make suggestions, express uncertainty, and talk about things you have to (and don’t have to) do. We also start learning some keigo, respectful language which is essential in many social situations in Japan.
By the end of the course, you'll be able to read and write 250 kanji.
In the Autumn term we finish the end of the textbook ‘Japanese for Busy People 2’ (Chapters 12-15). In the Spring term we start learning the vocabulary, kanji and grammar from the first half of ‘Genki 2‘. If you are a new student and don’t want to buy both textbooks, I’ll provide copies of the Japanese for Busy People 2 pages in term 1. Click here to view a sample course outline for the STEP 5 course.
STEP 5 is ideal for you if...
★ You can already read hiragana, katakana, and around 150 kanji
★ You have some experience at the pre-intermediate level and are ready to take the next step!
Term Dates 2019-20
Autumn Term: Tuesday 24th Sept to Thursday 12th December 2019
Spring Term: Tuesday 14th Jan to Thursday 26th March 2020
Summer Term: Tuesday 21st April to Thursday 2nd July 2020
(In each term we take 1 or 2 weeks off for half term. In 2019/20 there are no classes 22nd-24th Oct / 29th-31st Oct / 18th-20th Feb, or 26th-28th May.)
Courses are held at the Friends Centre at Brighton Junction, New England Street, Brighton - in beautiful rooms just 2 minutes from Brighton station.
Course fees 2019/20
30 week courses cost £365.
You can also choose to pay termly: 10 weeks (1 term) is £165; 20 weeks (2 terms) is £260.
About STEP courses
All my 30-week Japanese courses are based on a main textbook. In class we learn to speak and understand Japanese, through fun and creative communicative activities. Your textbook is there as a reference for what we’re studying, to provide helpful extra explanations, and (importantly) for you to look things up at home.
We learn about Japan’s culture as well as its language. Last year, students made New Year cards for friends and family, threw beans at the oni demon at a Setsubun spring festival, read some easy manga, and learned to type in Japanese.
With regular FREE TALK sessions, we practice keeping the conversation in Japanese, and learn techniques for communicating when you get stuck or don’t know a word.
All courses run with a minimum of 4 students and a maximum of 12 (currently the average class size is 6).
To make good progress on a language course, it is essential to practise Japanese outside of class – for example, reading books or news, doing the practice exercises from your textbook, watching Japanese films, talking in Japanese with a friend or study partner, or listening to Japanese audio.
I also give weekly homework (usually 1 or 2 pages, focused on reading and writing). As a guideline, I recommend that students at all levels find 20 minutes, 5 times a week, for self-study and language practice.
Classes at Step Up Japanese are taught by me, Fran Wrigley. Konnichiwa!
I've been teaching Japanese in Brighton since 2014. I love the Japanese language, and sharing that with students is a privilege I don't take for granted.
My ambition is to make Step Up Japanese into Britain's best Japanese school, right here in sunny Brighton.
The truth is that learning a foreign language is not particularly easy, and it's not particularly quick. But it is hugely rewarding - and, if you get it right, it should be really fun.