Q1: What are the features of the JF Nihongo courses?
All JF Nihongo courses focus on practical activities which may occur in daily life or business situations, and set up specific goals which can be applied in real life in Japan. Through the JF Nihongo courses, you can assess yourself to see what you can do now in Japanese, what you need to learn, and what you will be able to do upon completion of the course.
Q2: What is JF Standard?
JF Standard, developed by The Japan Foundation, is a tool to help think about teaching, teaching and learning in Japanese-language education. Based on JF Standard, a learner’s proficiency is not measured by whether grammatical structures or vocabulary are memorized, or how many chapters of the textbook are covered. Instead, it measures what the learner “can do” in Japanese as the need arises in a specific context. JF Standard makes it possible to grasp a learner’s proficiency and knowledge in a more practical manner.
Q3: Why are JF Nihongo courses not divided into common levels such as "Beginner", "Intermediate", or "Advanced"?
Each JF Nihongo course is designed with “Can-do” statements in mind, which describe specific themes and learning goals; what learners want to be able to do after taking a course. These courses cannot be divided using common levels because the common levels are based on overall proficiency.
Q4: What are JF Standard levels, such as A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2?
Instead of the common levels, JF Standard classifies using six “Can-do” levels, which are based on CEFR, the basis of language education in Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), so that learners can clearly self assess how much they can achieve toward their learning goals. Note that the “Can-do” levels are applicable only for the proficiency of certain language activities in the course, but not overall proficiency.
Q5: What materials are used in the course?
We use textbooks and teaching materials suitable for each course with the goal of challenging the learner to be able to complete certain tasks by the end of the course. In order to accomplish this, we may use authentic materials such as those used by people in Japan on a daily basis. This way, learners are exposed to Japanese culture and the latest information about Japan.
We also use original textbooks published by the Japan Foundation: Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture. It is a set of books and. We currently use Marugoto for "Everyday Japanese" courses.
Q6: Do you offer a course that focuses on conversation?
Depending on the course goal, some courses offer more conversational practice. Please read the course description and objectives to determine which course you should choose. We will offer regular meeting times for free conversation practice with native speakers of Japanese in the near future.
Q7: Are JF Nihongo courses useful for the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)?
Although there is no guarantee that you will pass the JLPT, every course can be useful and will contribute towards your understanding and knowledge of the Japanese language.
Q8: How large are your classes? Do the courses have age restrictions?
The maximum number of students per class ranges from 10 - 16 people, depending on course activities. All courses are open to individuals 18 years or older.
Q9: What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellation and refund requests must be received via E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the cancellation deadline for a full refund. You may change your course level (if space is available) before the cancellation deadline, but no changes are allowed after the deadline.
Q10: What is the waiting list policy?
Once a class is full, applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified when space become available. If a space does not become available after the cancellation deadline, we will refund 100% of your payment.
Q11: How do I choose the correct course Level?
Read each course description, and choose one that has activities and themes that fit your interest. Read the self-check list for the course you are interested in to check if the course is a good fit.
Q12: How will I know if a course is full?
Visit the course listing page to check the status of each class (“Open” or “Closed”).