Japanese-Language Proficiency Test

 

Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Preparation Courses

What is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)?

  • The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT, Nihongo nōryoku shiken 日本語能力試験) is a test co-organized by the Japan Foundation and the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services to certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers.
  • The JLPT consists of 5 levels (N1, N2, N3, N4, N5), N1 being the highest one. It is not necessary to validate the five levels one by one.
  • The JLPT evaluates 1) vocabulary 2) grammar 3) reading ability 4) listening ability.
  • Students willing to study in Japanese universities or people applying for positions in Japanese companies may be required to have passed one of the JLPT levels.

→ More information can be found on the JLPT official website.

Is it possible to take the JLPT in Belgium?

The University of Leuven (KU Leuven) has been selected by the Japan Foundation to organize the test in Belgium July 2nd 2017 (Sunday). Registration will be open in March.

How can I prepare the JLPT?

The University of Leuven (KU Leuven) Japanese Studies offers preparation courses for JLPT levels N5, N4, N3 and N2 from September 2016 with the following characteristics:

  • Classes taught by KU Leuven Japanese Studies experienced teachers and native speakers;
  • 2 unit-based courses, each unit corresponding to one academic semester
  • Student-friendly and employee-friendly schedules (1 unit = 1 class per week from 19h00 to 21h00 during 12 weeks);
  • Affordable tuition fees and student discount;
  • Multilingual environment, using Nederlands (N), English (E), Français (F) as supported languages.

How to enroll in KU Leuven preparation courses?

Step 1: Choose the level you wish to take (Sample questions for each level can be found on the JLPT official website.

Step 2: Send an email to jlpt@kuleuven.be mentioning your name, surname, status (non-student, student, KU Leuven student) and the level you wish to take.

Step 3: Finalize your inscription by transferring the tuition fees to the KU Leuven account mentioned in the confirmation email you will receive.

Description and schedules of the JLPT preparation courses offered by KU Leuven


Level 5 (N5) 

Requested ability (according to official guidelines) "The ability to understand some basic Japanese"

  • Reading: One is able to read and understand typical expressions and sentences written in hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji.
  • Listening: One is able to listen and comprehend conversations about topics regularly encountered in daily life and classroom situations, and is able to pick up necessary information from short conversations spoken slowly.

Instructors and supported languages

  • Grammar: Ms. Ingeborg Verplancke (N, F, E)
  • Vocabulary: Mr. David De Cooman (N, F, E)
  • Reading: Mr. David De Cooman (N, F, E)
  • Listening: Ms. Klara Belmans (N, E)

Schedule

  • 1st unit (from 10/06 until 12/19) Every Thurdsay 19h00–21h00
  • 2nd unit (from 02/13 until 05/22) Every Thurdsay 19h00–21h00

Place

University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Faculty of Arts
Erasmushuis, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven

Tuition fees

  • one unit (24 hours + 1 mock exam): 180 € (non-students) / 90 € (students) / 45 € (KU Leuven students)
  • two units (48 hours + 2 mock exams): 320 € (non-students) / 160 € (students) / 80 € (KU Leuven students)

Level 4 (N4) 

Requested ability (according to official guidelines): "The ability to understand basic Japanese"

  • Reading: One is able to read and understand passages on familiar daily topics written in basic vocabulary and kanji.
  • Listening: One is able to read and understand passages on familiar daily topics written in basic vocabulary and kanji.

Instructors and supported languages

  • Grammar: Mr. David De Cooman (N, F, E)
  • Vocabulary: Mr. David De Cooman (N, F, E)
  • Reading: Ms. Klara Belmans (N, E)
  • Listening: Ms. Klara Belmans (N, E)

Schedule

  • 1st unit (from 10/04 until 12/20) Every Tuesday 19h00–21h00
  • 2nd unit (from 02/14 until 05/23) Every Yuesday 19h00–21h00

Place

University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Faculty of Arts
Erasmushuis, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven

Tuition fees

  • one unit (24 hours + 1 mock exam): 180 € (non-students) / 90 € (students) / 45 € (KU Leuven students)
  • two units (48 hours + 2 mock exams): 320 € (non-students) / 160 € (students) / 80 € (KU Leuven students)

Level 3 (N3) 

Requested ability (according to official guidelines): “The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree”

  • Reading: One is able to read and understand written materials with specific contents concerning everyday topics. One is also able to grasp summary information such as newspaper headlines. In addition, one is also able to read slightly difficult writings encountered in everyday situations and understand the main points of the content if some alternative phrases are available to aid one’s understanding.
  • Listening: One is able to listen and comprehend coherent conversations in everyday situations, spoken at near-natural speed, and is generally able to follow their contents as well as grasp the relationships among the people involved.

Instructors and supported languages

  • Grammar: Ms. Ingeborg Verplancke (N, F, E)
  • Vocabulary: Mr. David De Cooman (N, F, E)
  • Reading: Mr. David De Cooman (N, F, E)
  • Listening: Ms. Klara Belmans (N, E)

Schedule

  • 1st unit (from 10/04 until 12/20) Every Tuesday 19h00–21h00
  • 2nd unit (from 02/14 until 05/23) Every Tuesday 19h00–21h00

Place

University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Faculty of Arts
Erasmushuis, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven

Tuition fees

  • one unit (24 hours + 1 mock exam): 180 € (non-students) / 90 € (students) / 45 € (KU Leuven students)
  • two units (48 hours + 2 mock exams): 320 € (non-students) / 160 € (students) / 80 € (KU Leuven students)

Level 2 (N2) 

Requested ability (according to official guidelines): “The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree.”

  • Reading: One is able to read materials written clearly on a variety of topics, such as articles and commentaries in newspapers and magazines as well as simple critiques, and comprehend their contents. One is also able to read written materials on general topics and follow their narratives as well as understand the intent of the writers.
  • Listening: One is able to comprehend orally presented materials such as coherent conversations and news reports, spoken at nearly natural speed in everyday situations as well as in a variety of settings, and is able to follow their ideas and comprehend their contents. One is also able to understand the relationships among the people involved and the essential points of the presented materials.

Instructors and supported languages

  • Grammar: Ms. Naoko Sakurai (F, E)
  • Vocabulary: Mr. David De Cooman (N, F, E)
  • Reading: Ms. Yukiko Yokohata (N, E)
  • Listening: Prof. Dr. Adrien Carbonnet (F, E)

→ With the exception of ‘Vocabulary’ N2 classes are taught in Japanese.

Schedule

  • 1st unit (from 10/05 until 12/21) Every Wednesday 19h00–21h00
  • 2nd unit (from 02/15 until 05/24) Every Wednesday 19h00–21h00

Place

University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Faculty of Arts
Erasmushuis, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven

Tuition fees

  • one unit (24 hours + 1 mock exam): 180 € (non-students) / 90 € (students) / 45 € (KU Leuven students)
  • two units (48 hours + 2 mock exams): 320 € (non-students) / 160 € (students) / 80 € (KU Leuven students)

Nota bene

→ Classes are basically taught in English (except for N2 “grammar”, N2 “reading”, N2 “listening”) but instructors are able to answer succinctly questions asked in the “supported languages” mentioned (see information above).

→ Enrolling in the KU Leuven preparation courses does not necessarily guarantee that the candidate will successfully pass the JLPT.

→ Enrolling in the KU Leuven preparation courses is not a prerequisite for taking the JLPT.

→ The KU Leuven reserves the right not to open a course in case of an insufficient number of students or due to unforeseen circumstances.

Prof. Dr. Adrien Carbonnet
JLPT preparation courses coordinator