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Notebooks and Pencils

GCSE Japanese Resources

Exercises for Teens who can read Japanese

Resources for Teenagers

Japanese textbooks are useful, but some content is less relevant to young learners. Also, if you are considering taking GCSE Japanese (an exam for 16-year-olds in the UK), general textbooks do not cover some topics such as school life. There are no GCSE Japanese textbooks or revision books in bookstores so it is difficult to find materials. 

As a private tutor, I search for resources and make exercises for my students, and I would like to share them with you. These are suitable for those who can read Hiragana and Katakana. If you are a complete beginner, please check how to start learning Japanese.

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Links to GCSE resources


Other materials for teens

Reading Exercise for Teens

You can start as soon as you have learnt Hiragana and Katakana - if you are considering GCSE Japanese, reading practice is important.

Listening Exercise for Teens

The format varies individually, e.g. with translations or with quizzes, and is updated from time to time. I hope you find the audio materials useful.

GCSE Writing Practice

GCSE Writing Test consists of multiple tasks. You can practice with Past Papers and my worksheets

Foundation Tier

  1. Describing a Picture

  2. Letter

  3. Essay

  4. Translation

Higher Tier

  1. Short Essay

  2. Long Essay

  3. Translation

GCSE Speaking Practice

GCSE Japanese Speaking Test consists of three tasks. The components are the same for both Foundation and Higher Tiers. 

  1. Role-Play

  2. Picture-based task

  3. Conversation


The eBooks and the link below are suitable for both Foundation Tier and Higher Tier.

Other Recommendations


Please note, that you need to find a speaking examiner who can come to the school - Check GCSE Japanese information pages from the menu.

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