fall 2016 course listing

Age: 18 years old and up     
Class Size: 16 people      

Goal levels are based on JF Standard proficiency levels.  Click here to learn more.

* All applicants are eligible for a 10% Early Bird Discount if you register by August 26.
* Past students are also eligible for an additional 10% Past Student Discount on tuition.
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** Total shown here applies to new students.
New students' total course fee includes textbooks.  A1 level courses (Mastering Kana, Making Friends 1-3) use the same textbooks, therefore students only need to purchase one set of textbooks for the four courses. A2 level courses (The Fun with Friends 1-3) also only uses one set of textbooks.

Everyday Japanese:
Mastering Kana

Hajimemashite!  Introduce yourself

In this introductory course, you will learn how to greet people, introduce yourself, and talk about your favorite foods and hobbies in Japanese.  You will learn one of the basic phonetic character sets of Japanese (Kana) Hiragana (ex. あ、い、う) as well. This course is suitable for beginners as well as those who already know Hiragana but need help remembering them.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites

Goal: A1 level*

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At the end of the course, successful learners will:

  • Be able to make appropriate greetings for different times of day and to show gratitude
  • Be able to introduce yourself using simple Japanese
  • Be able to talk about your favorite foods and hobbies
  • Have knowledge of the Japanese Kana writing systems, including its history
  • Be able to read and write Hiragana

Please download the Self-check list to see if this is the right course for you. No assessment test is required for this course.

Textbooks

In Mastering Kana, Making Friends 1-3 courses, we use a set of original textbooks edited by the Japan Foundation: Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (A1 level/ Starter) (See below).  $50 per set.

Everyday Japanese:
Making friends 1

Let’s go to a fun event together

In this course you will learn how to talk about your family and your daily life.  You will learn how to plan and invite your friends to an event.  This course will also introduce basic knowledge of Kanji and the most useful Kanji for everyday life.  You will also learn Katakana (ex. ア、イ、ウ). The course will introduce basic knowledge of Kanji and the most useful Kanji for everyday life.

Prerequisites

This course is designed for those who have completed JF Nihongo Mastering Kana or equivalent.  You must be comfortable reading Hiragana (ex. あ、い、う) with pronunciation guides such as Roma-ji.  You must be able to talk about yourself, favorite food and your hobbies.

Goal: A1 level*          

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At the end of the course, successful learners will:

  • Be able to talk about your family and daily life
  • Be able to talk about a birthday party plan
  • Be able to ask your friends to go out and attend an event 
  • Have knowledge of the Katakana writing system, including its history
  • Be able to read and write Katakana
  • Have basic knowledge of Kanji and understand the meaning of the most useful kanji for everyday life
  • Be able to look up, read, and understand the meaning of kanji, using a kanji dictionary or electric device such as a smart phone

We ask all students to please download the Self-check list and Assessment test to see if this is the right course for you. 

Textbooks

In Mastering Kana, Making Friends 1-3 courses, we use a set of original textbooks edited by the Japan Foundation: Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (A1 level/ Starter) (See below).  $50 per set.

Everyday Japanese:
making friends 2

Go out for shopping and dining

Let's go out with friends for shopping and dining! You will learn simple expressions used for shopping and eating out. Using actual materials from everyday life in Japan such as Japanese restaurants' websites and floor plans of department stores, you will be able to go out to shop, and eat out at your favorite restaurants.

Prerequisites

This course is designed for those who have completed JF Nihongo Making Friends1 or equivalent.  You must be comfortable reading and writing Hiragana and Katakana with pronunciation guides such as Roma-ji in order to understand the class materials in Japanese and also have basic knowledge of Kanji such as stroke order and common radicals.  You must be able to talk about your family, your daily life and routines in Japanese.

Goal: A1 level*

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At the end of the course, successful learners will:

  • Have knowledge of useful/ necessary vocabulary and expressions for shopping and dining
  • Have knowledge of shopping and dining customs in Japan
    • Be able to buy what you want at a store
  • Be able to order your food at a restaurant
  • Be able to ask and plan to go out with friends
  • Be able to explain about the past events

We ask all students to please download the Self-check list and Assessment test to see if this is the right course for you.

Textbooks

In Mastering Kana, Making Friends 1-3 courses, we use a set of original textbooks edited by the Japan Foundation: Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (A1 level/ Starter) (See above).  $50 per set.

Everyday Japanese:
making friends 3 

Visit Japan during the holidays

Imagine being able to get around Japan on your own in Japanese!  In this course, you will learn simple expressions used while you are traveling in Japan, such as taking a train and a taxi, reading a map, or asking someone directions.  You will learn how to explain about your hometown to Japanese people.   You will learn to say what you did and what you thought on your trip and to write a post card to your friends! 

Prerequisites

This course is designed for those who have completed JF Nihongo Making Friends1 and 2, or equivalent.  You must be comfortable reading and writing Hiragana and Katakana with pronunciation guides such as Roma-ji.  You must be able to order food at a restaurant, shop at a store, ask a friend to go out, and talk briefly about the past events in Japanese.

Goal: A1 level*

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At the end of the course, successful learners will:

  • Have knowledge of useful/ necessary vocabulary and expressions for traveling
  • Have knowledge of geographic and transportation systems of Japan
  • Be able to recognize station and signs in a town
  • Be able to explain about your house
  • Be able to say how to get to a destination, and where you are now
  • Be able to say what you did on your trips
  • Be able to write in short simple sentences a letter about your trips

We ask all students to please download the Self-check list and Assessment test to see if this is the right course for you.

Textbooks

In Mastering Kana, Making Friends 1-3 courses, we use a set of original textbooks edited by the Japan Foundation: Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (A1 level/ Starter) (See above).  $50 per set.

Everyday Japanese: 
Fun with friends 1, 2, 3

Fun with Friends is designed for Japanese language learners who have completed JF Nihongo Mastering Kana, Making Friends 1, 2 and 3 or equivalent (A1 level). You will develop Japanese language skills to communicate with Japanese people in everyday contexts and common situations encountered at work and leisure.

The Fun with Friends courses 1, 2 and 3 will focus on the following topics.  You can take these courses in any order.

Fun with Friends 1: Upgrade Your Introduction

Level up your self-introduction to chat with a native speaker!

Fun with Friends 2: Health and Beauty  

Chat and give tips about health and beauty with your friends!

Fun with Friends 3: Travel in Japan

Let's travel in Japan!  You will design a custom tour with your favorite places. (This course won't be offered this term)

Prerequisites

You must be comfortable reading and writing Hiragana and Katakana without any pronunciation guides such as Roma-ji in order to understand the class materials in Japanese and also have a basic knowledge of Kanji such as stroke order and common radicals. Please complete the attached assessment test. If you can answer the questions, you are ready for this course.

Goal: A2 level*          

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These courses are designed to be taken any order to reach the following goals:

  • Be able to read kanji which is commonly seen in everyday life throughout Japan
  • Be able to write, short simple notes and messages (e-mail) relating to matters in areas of immediate need
  • Be able to interact with Japanese people in different settings including social events, work and travel using simple grammar and structures correctly, though still making some mistakes

We ask all students to please download the Self-check list and Assessment test to see if this is the right course for you. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Textbooks

In Fun with Friends 1-3 courses, we will use a set of original textbooks edited by the Japan Foundation: Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (A2 level/ Elementary 1) (See below).  $55 per set.  The textbooks are not requirement.