The School offers award-bearing programmes for those interested in learning more about Japanese language and culture. The seven-level Advanced Diploma in Japanese allows students to acquire a high proficiency in the language, while the multi-modular Advanced Diploma in Japanese Communication and Culture helps advanced students further their communication skills and deepen their understanding of Japanese culture. In addition, a number of short courses cover a wide range of topics such as Kansai dialect, Japanese calligraphy and ikebana.
The School also regularly organises seminars, talks and other extracurricular activities to engage students and encourage cultural exchange. These include education fairs, career seminars, speech and karaoke contests, and seminars on the culture of Higashiyama hosted by experts from Ginkakuji of Kyoto, as well as demonstrations of Sado, Kodo and Japanese cuisine. In 2008, a Japanese e-learning platform was launched to provide extra learning support outside of the classroom.
The school also launched a Japanese Mini-MOOCin 2016 to introduce Japanese language and culture in a fun and interactive way. The Japanese Mini-MOOCis open to the public; please visit the following link to start your adventure.
Aspects such as the Japanese sake history, brew varieties, serving methods and etiquette, seasonality and customs will be explored through this appreciation workshop with a range of matching sake.