Workbooks and Kanji Worksheets for Laminating

These workbooks cover the  2017 Japanese GCSE syllabus (Higher Tier) and form a beginner’s course which takes between two and four years to teach. The workbooks can be downloaded, printed, and used by students to write in. There is also a multimedia version of each book, with links to a wealth of online teaching resources and matching video tutorials. The multimedia versions are currently supporting the pre-2017 syllabus, but they are being updated and will be available shortly.

In addition to the workbooks, there are kanji worksheets which can be printed out, assembled back-to-back, and laminated to form a laminated writing sheet, which can be used with a non-permanent whiteboard marker to practise the hiragana, katakana or kanji introduced in each unit. 

Kanji Book

Video Tutorials to drill oral exam questions

Click here to link to interactive video tutorials which help students answer some common GCSE-level questions.

32 thoughts on “GCSE”

  1. Hi,
    I am 14 and am wondering the best way to study Japanese. I can write in kana but I would like to learn the language properly. All resource I have found previously are too simple or based on older people. Can you help?

    • Hi Antonia,
      I am not sure where you are living – but the Japan Foundation (in London if you are in the UK) is the first place to start. They can help you with tutors and other materials and information, including online learning resources.
      Good Luck,

    • Hi Antonia,
      Have a look at the resources on the Japan Foundation website in London. This will give you a feel for the many resources which are available to support your Japanese study. I am sure that you will be able to find an appropriate level amongst the material they list. There are great online resources – if you wish to pay for a subscription I would recommend FluentU, which uses authentic videos to teach the language.
      Best wishes

  2. Hello, I am 14 and self teaching Japanese, these workbooks have been EXTREMELY helpful and I don’t know what I would do without them, thank you so so much. However, in the writing exam we have to give extended answers on topics such as the environment and the culture of japan, as well as leisure activities etc. Do you know anywhere where I could read about the specific topics (especially environment) which are needed for the gcse since I do not know where to find this information. If you have made anything based on these topics which would be helpful to me, please let me know!

    • Hi Abi,
      If you cover everything in the workbooks you should be fine for the GCSE. If you want to extend your knowledge of particular subject areas you can find some excellent resources on the Japan Foundation London website.

  3. Thanks so much! I’m 11 and have a Japanese tutor and thinking of taking a Japanese GCSE, all the resources on this site are very helpful and I am looking forward to studying the subject more,
    Thanks and regards

  4. These look perfect for my children who are self studying for the GCSE at home. We’d like a price for you printing it all and send it out to us. Would this be possible?

    • Dear Steven,
      I’m afraid that I’m not able to print the books and send them, but as they are freely downloadable you should be able to find a place where they are able to print the material for you.
      Best wishes

  5. Hello, I am thinking of starting to teach my own children Japanese ( I have been teaching Japanese previously , but not in the UK and mainly adults) What would you recommend as the first starting point for 11 and 13 y olds? My children are homeschooled and I would like to prepare them for GCSE myself
    Thank you
    Lela Pertia

    • Dear Lela,
      The four workbooks in the GCSE section more or less cover the GCSE syllabus, so I would work through them first, then do past papers to make sure you have covered everything.

  6. i’m studying japanese at GCSE level, i was wondering if you had anything specifically on learing kanji. any books you could reccomend?

  7. Hi,

    Thanks for including these study resources. I just wondered if there has been a change in the syllabus now they have introduced 1-9 scoring.

    Many thanks,


  8. Hello, many thanks for everything on here as it has helped very much. I’m now moving on to unit three in my self study and I’m just wondering about the genkouyoushi section at the end of unit two and three. What exactly are they for? I understand it’s for writing practice but are we to write about anything specific?

    Thanks again,

    • Dear Naomi,
      I use the genkouyoushi to ask my students to write small sakubun (essays) on the topics which arise in the workbooks.I am impressed that you are using the books for self-study. I hope they are useful!

  9. I have been using your workbooks and kanji books for years. My students love your books. We are very grateful to you. Some of my students this year created exercises based on your Kanji books and your Grammar book,

    A year 12 made A-level Kanji on Memorise site called Japanese A-level Kanji
    A year 10 made Quizlet kanji section for GCSE the number corresponds with Anne sensei’s GCSE Kanji book search for lottiebutler
    A group of students made a section at the Memorise website for GCSE vocab, search for lstock

    I have not yet managed to proof read all of them so probably you may find some typos but hope they help students of GCSE and A level.

    • Dear Hisaka,
      Thank you so much for sharing this. I am sure everyone will find them useful!

  10. Can I still use the workbooks for the new specification please?

    • They are being upgraded as we speak, and a quick look at the inside cover will tell you which syllabus it is for. I will upload as I finish each revised workbook.

  11. Dear Anne Sensei,

    Thank you ever so much for the updated version of your Unit books. They are excellent. Would you be able to tell us when new Unit2 is going to be available?


    • Dear Hisaska,
      Unit 2 has been uploaded, and am working on Unit 3.
      Best wishes

  12. Dear Anne sensei

    It was great to see you briefly at the last week workshop in London.
    We use your workbooks to consolidate preparation for GCSE, they are EXCELLENT. My student just noticed that in the unit 4 book, on Page 73 where how to make plain negative form is explained, first removing ますthen change い→あ. We believe this to be a mistake, and should be い→わ as in 言います→言わない、会います→会わない.

    Also, just for your attention that new spec grammar list has 「ないほうがいいです」as well as 「ないでください」.

    Please ignore this message if you are updating Unit 4 workbook.

    Again, thank you for sharing your great work. We really appreciate it.
    Kind regards

    • Dear Michiko-sensei,
      Thanks for noticing that silly mistake! It has now been corrected. Your help with editing these books is much appreciated!

  13. Hi,
    I’m struggling to find an exam centre that offers IGCSE Japanese 0519 to private students.

    • Dear Harpreet,
      Your best option is to contact the Japan Foundation in London, who have a list of private tutors and schools which can conduct the exams. The IGCSE Japanese is tricky as they only have an exam session in November – why do you not do the regular GCSE Japanese course?

  14. Hello! Thank you for creating such amazing resources!
    My student who is studying GCSE spotted something in your kanji booklet. For the meaning of 北 it says “winter” rather than “North” (in the box on the right hand side).
    He’s clearly going through your kanji booklet thoroughly and this makes me very happy! 🙂

  15. hi,

    Thanks for creating such a great free resource, we have printed out all 4 booklets and have started them. My kiddo (13) is learning Japanese independently within our home education journey, your booklets are a big big help! They will sit the exam as soon as they have got through all your resources !

    thanks again : )

  16. Dear Anne-sensei
    I am a big fan of your GCSE books and I have always used your books in my past school.
    This week I just started to work for a lovely school to teach GCSE Japanese to one student as a Japanese Tutor. The school is worried about making photocopy of the whole book and told me they can only copy 5% of each book. Could you please assure my school that we can download and make printed copies for our students so that we can use them in school?
    Thank you very much.

    • Hi Shoko,
      So pleased that you are using the books. These books, as you rightly pointed out, are designed to be downloaded, printed out and freely used. Please reassure your school that students and teachers who are legitimately using these resources for non-commercial use within an educational setting, are welcome to downlown the books in their entirety.

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