“Japanese Together” Language Courses

At the Japan Foundation, Toronto, we offer term-based Japanese Together language courses using the textbook series Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture, which was developed by the Japan Foundation. Marugoto is a textbook based on the Japan Foundation Standard for Japanese Language Education (for more information about the JF Standard, please click here), and through studying with us you will learn to complete various “Can-do” in Japanese!

We offer courses for everyone from complete beginners (Japanese Together 1) to intermediate speakers (Japanese Together 5).

All courses run for two hours a week over three 13 week terms (fall, winter, spring).

Time table illustrating the three terms. Term 1 runs from September to December. Term 2 runs from January to April. Term 3 runs from April to July.

※ While it is possible to register for each term individually or to join the course from Term 2 or Term 3, for the best experience we recommend taking all three terms.


Course Listing

The following are the various Japanese Together courses we offer here at the Japan Foundation, Toronto. If the course you are interested in is not available, please feel free to contact us about when it will next be offered.


Starter Class: Japanese Together 1 (JF Standard A1)

※ Not offered in 2016-17

This course is for people who have little to no experience studying Japanese, and will cover the A1 level of the JF Standard. During this course students will learn hiragana, katakana, kanji, basic greetings, and how to hold short conversations on such topics as self-introductions, favorite foods, holidays, etc.


Elementary Class: Japanese Together 2 (JF Standard A2-1)

※ Not offered in 2016-17

This course will cover the first half of the A2 level of the JF Standard, and is designed for people who have studied Japanese for 60 hours and can read and write hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji. The course will give you opportunity to practice basic grammar patterns and vocabulary to hold short interactions in Japanese on such topics as your town, foreign languages and culture, and health.


Late-Elementary Class: Japanese Together 3 (JF Standard A2-2)

Tuesday nights: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This course will cover the second half of the A2 level of the JF Standard, and is a continuation of Japanese Together 2. We will cover topics such as eating out, special days, and “a town rich in history and culture.” More basic grammar patterns and vocabulary will be introduced to help you communicate in both spoken and written Japanese.

For more details or to register please click here.


Pre-Intermediate Class: Japanese Together 4 (JF Standard A2/B1)

※ Not offered in 2016-17

This course is a bridging course from the Elementary (A2) level to the Intermediate (B1) level of the JF Standard. Students will work towards fluency in conversation and accuracy in grammar by reviewing the contents from basic Japanese. Topics include sports, looking for a house, comfort food, etc.


Intermediate Class: Japanese Together 5 (JF Standard B1-1)

※ Not offered in 2016-17

This course will cover the first half of the B1 level of the JF Standard. Using various materials, students will work towards the expansion of vocabulary, and grammatical accuracy and fluency in communicating in spoken and written Japanese. The course will also look at communication strategies as well as the socio-cultural aspects of Japanese.


Registration Process & Fees

Registration is on a first come first serve basis. The earlier you register the better chance you have of getting a seat! In the event that there is a greater demand than spaces, a waiting list will be made available.

Registration opens approximately 7 weeks before the first class (Tuesday, August 2nd for the 2016-17 school year), and remains open until the 3rd week of the course. *In the event that minimum student enrollment numbers are not met by 2 weeks before the first class, we may make the decision to cancel the course.

Wondering how registration works?
  1. Read through the terms and conditions (found here).
  2. Go to the information/registration page of the level you are interested in.
  3. Fill out the application form, taking care to fill out the self-assessment sheet. Please answer all questions to the best of your ability.
  4. You will receive an e-mail confirming that we have received your application and we will begin processing it. We will send you an e-mail regarding your application status within one week of receiving your application.
  5. You may be asked in for a placement interview to make sure this course will be the appropriate level for you. Should the class be at too easy of a level for you, we may not be able to accommodate you in the class. If everything goes smoothly then…
  6. You’re in!
Japanese Together Course Fees

Each term of Japanese Together costs $455 ($1,365 for the full year), and the fees are due on the first official day of class (cash or cheque only). Payment is only accepted on a term by term basis.

An early-bird discount of 5% is available up until 3 weeks before the first day of class (for each term) so register early and save!



For inquiries about Japanese Together classes, please contact Barbara Carter at bcarter@jftor.org or 416-966-1600 extension 233.