From the tea ceremony and Zen to Naruto and ramen, Japanese language is the key to a whole new world of experience.  Be ready for the Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics, visit temples and Ghibli museum or join Keele Japanese sempai who live and work in Japan where more and more overseas graduates are recruited.

At Keele we offer 6 levels of Japanese, from absolute beginner to intermediate, available to all Keele students and staff. 

See the module catalogue for the descriptions of:

Semester 1
Semester 2

Japanese 1

Japanese 2

Japanese 3

Japanese 4

Japanese 5

Japanese 6


Students who have completed a Japanese module may apply to study for 3 weeks at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in July, allowing the chance to get first-hand experience of language and culture during the vacation period - see Summer Schools for more information.

Improved career prospects

You will increase your employment prospects.

Additional qualifications

You have the opportunity to gain an extra qualification alongside your degree.

Enhanced experience

You will develop communicative as well as linguistic skills and a better understanding of other cultures.

Increased choice

You have a wide variety of languages and courses to chose from.

And it's fun!

You have the chance to learn in an atmosphere which is professional but also relaxed and enjoyable.

You may choose to enrol for one semester only or take a number of modules for more systematic language learning and the opportunity to achieve an Enhanced Degree Title or a record of achievement on your HEA report.

The Language Centre offers up to 12 levels (stages 1 - 12), from absolute beginner to post A level. It is important to select the appropriate level based on your previous experience. To help you decide please click here for a helpful guide or contact our administration team (languages@keele.ac.uk) who will be happy to discuss this further with you.

These stages are comparable to the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for further details please see Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Times for classes are dependent on the Keele undergraduate timetable and may be any time between 9.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday to Friday. Times will be available from the beginning of each semester.  Please note that a number of language classes will be timetabled on Wednesday afternoons to avoid clashes with core modules.

Every effort is made to minimize timetable clashes for students. However, as each language module caters for students from all years of study and all three subject timetable blocks this is not possible in all cases. If an unresolvable timetable clash occurs your core module takes priority.

What our students say

Here's what some of our previous students had to say about our Japanese Modern Language modules:

"Very informative sessions that pinpointed my weaknesses which helped me quickly improve with any difficulty. Overall excellent teaching!"

"The lecturer is very supportive and fun. I would recommend this module to anyone."

"I feel that I have gone from zero Japanese language proficiency to a level that I am actually confident enough to self-travel in Japan. This is how efficient the teaching is and it is my favourite subject in Keele."