***FALL 2020 registration is closed. 

WINTER 2021 schedule will be announced in early December.***

 

fall 2020 Online course listing 

ALL Courses are full - thank you!

 

Study Japanese this fall with a teacher and classmates at a “virtual” classroom!  This online courses uses Japan Foundation's textbook, "Marugoto" as well as original online resources instructed provided by our experienced language teachers. The classes are very interactive, informative, and fun! For this special course, the tuition price is discounted 20% off of our regular tuition, which takes place in a classroom setting. 

Age: 18 years old and older          Class Size: 10 people        Goal Level: A1*

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

 

All sessions will be offered ONLINE, here are the requirements:

Computer/device

  • *Must have a computer/digital device with internet connection
  • *Must be available to access to both video and audio (so that we can interact face-to-face virtually as we do a lot of role-plays)
  • *We prefer that students use headsets/headphones/earphones for less chances of having sound problems
  • *Permission to record the class for recordkeeping purposes for The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

 

Textbook

 

  • *FOR NEW STUDENTS: You must purchase your own textbook. The textbook is called, “Marugoto: Japanese language and culture Starter A1 Coursebook for communicative language activities - Japanese Language Study Book”.  You can purchase from either AMAZON or Kinokuniya USA.  It usually takes 1-2 weeks to be delivered.

 

  • *FOR PAST STUDENTS who have taken our class in the past and already purchased MARUGOTO textbook: No need to purchase new textbook since you will be using the same exact textbook (the white one, not the pink one).

 

 

Our textbook & resources
“Marugoto” Starter (A1 level), Katsudoo (activities)

(Edited by the Japan Foundation, published by Sanshusha Publishing Co., Ltd.)

You can have fun learning Japanese while looking at photographs and illustrations and experiencing Japanese lifestyle and culture.
The three courses will cover the whole textbook.

The textbook has lots of pictures with words and sentences in Roma-ji and Kana. It especially aims to develop practical communicative ability through activities.

Look inside (Click here)
 

*In the Marugoto textbook series, there is paired book called “Marugoto” Starter Rikai (competences), which focuses on the language systems.  Our course requirement is Katsudo (white book) only.
 

Other resources

 and many more!

 

Everyday Japanese 1: 

 

Hajimemashite!  Introduce yourself

This introductory course teaches one component of the Japanese writing system, which is called Hiragana, as well as basic vocabulary, greetings, and conversations. By the end of this course, students will be able to introduce themselves and talk about their family and their preferences. They will also be able to talk with a friend about going out to eat and ordering food at a restaurant. Content will be cumulative, with the ultimate goal being that students will be able to carry basic conversations to handle simple situations, such as the meeting for the first time at a party/workplace and going out for lunch/dinner with a friend in Japanese.  No prerequisites required.

At the end of the course, successful learners will:

  • Be able to make appropriate greetings for different times of day and able to show gratitude
  • Be able to introduce yourself using simple Japanese
  • Be able to talk about your family and favorite foods
  • Be able to read and write Hiragana
  • Be able to recognize Japanese characters
  • Be able to ask your friend for lunch
  • Be able to order food and drinks at restaurants

 

Prerequisites

No prerequisites

Goal: A1 level*

* Click here to learn more

You are not sure if this course is right for you?  Please take a look at the Self-check list to see if this is the right one for you. 

 

 

Everyday Japanese 2: 

 

Let’s go to a fun event together

In this course, you will learn how to talk in Japanese about your daily activities and personal environment, such as where you live, your daily routine, weekly schedule, hobbies, and how to invite your friend. At the end of this course, you will be able to talk about yourself and carry on a simple conversation with Japanese people. This course also introduces Katakana, basic knowledge of kanji, and some useful kanji for everyday life.

Prerequisites

This course is designed for those who have completed JF Nihongo Everyday Japanese 1 or equivalent level.  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, your family, and favorite food.

 

 

At the end of the course, successful learners will:

 

  • Be able to talk about your daily routine
  • Be able to talk about a birthday party plan
  • Be able to talk about what type of place you live in and show your friend around your house
  • Be able to ask about the time of the day
  • Be able to ask your friends to go out and attend an event 
  • Be able to pronounce Hiragana and Katakana words and sentences
  • Be able to recognize the basic knowledge of Kanji and understand the meaning of most useful kanji that are used for everyday life.

 

Goal: A1 level*          

* Click here to learn more

 You are not sure if this course is right for you?  Please take a look at the Self-check list and assessment test.  If you feel comfortable answering these questions, this course is right one for you. 

 

Everyday Japanese 3: 

 

let's travel & go shopping

Imagine being able to get around Japan on your own by speaking Japanese! In this course, you will learn simple expressions that can be used while you are traveling in Japan, in situations such as taking a train or a taxi, reading a map, asking someone for directions, or making plans to meet with a friend. You will also learn to describe what you did when you travelled and talk about your future travel plans.

Prerequisites

This course is designed for those who have completed JF Nihongo Everyday Japanese 2 or the 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. Also, have basic knowledge of Kanji such as stroke order and common radicals.  You must be able to talk about your house structure, hobbies and weekly schedule in Japanese.

At the end of the course, successful learners will:

 

  • Be able to ask how to get to a destination
  • Be able to read the business hours of shops
  • Be able to ask and understand information about color and size of what you want to buy
  • Be able to talk and write about what you did on your day off
  • Be able to tell your friends what you did during your travels

 

 

Goal: A1 level*

* Click here to learn more

You are not sure if this course is right for you?  Please take a look at the Self-check list and Assessment test.  If you feel comfortable answering these questions, this course is right one for you. 

 

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