Starter Course: Japanese Together 1

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Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1 TextbookJapanese Together 1 is an starter (introductory) course 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 work towards the following goals:

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

The Can-do Check and Nihongo Check from the JF Standard used in the Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture textbooks allow the learners to continually measure their progress and keep a record of what they are able to do in Japanese. This approach to learning helps to assess ability and set up clear goals, which further leads to effective learning.


Course Details and Schedule

*Please note there have been slight changes to the schedule for Term 1. It will now start on Tuesday, September 12.

For all terms, Japanese Together 1 runs Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Japan Foundation, Toronto.

※ There will be an orientation for all levels of Japanese Together on Saturday, September 9th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Term 1 (Fall):

September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 19
*No classes December 5 & 12

Registration Deadline: September 26

Term Goals:

  • Recognise Japanese characters
  • Give a simple self introduction
  • Talk with a friend about where to go for lunch

… and more!

Instructor: Yoshiko Kawaguchi

Term 2 (Winter):

January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3

Registration  Deadline: January 23, 2018

Term Goals:

  • Show someone around your home
  • Talk about your daily routine
  • Talk about what you do on your days off

… and more!

Instructor: Yoshiko Kawaguchi

 

Term 3 (Spring):

April 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2018

Term Goals:

  • Say how to get to a particular destination
  • Make a brief comment on things in a shop
  • Write a short blog about your days off

… and more!

Instructor: Yoshiko Kawaguchi

Textbooks

Marugoto Starter A1 Rikai (Coursebook for communicative language competences)Marugoto A1 Katsudoo (Coursebook for communicative language activities)Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture is a brand new textbook designed by the Japan Foundation specifically for adult learners. Characterized by being in full colour and filled with both pictures and images, Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture invites learners to learn not only Japanese, but also Japanese culture alongside the language. Featuring a cast of multicultural characters interacting in Japanese, we are sure you will enjoy learning with this textbook.

Japanese Together 1 uses the Starter A1 Katsudoo (Coursebook for communicative language activities) & Starter A1 Rikai (Coursebook for communicative language competences) textbooks. Both textbooks are included with the course fee. Each term in Japanese Together will cover one third of the textbooks, and by completing all three terms you will finish the textbooks.

Ready to support your learning!

For extra learning outside of the classroom Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture features a support website, MARUGOTO Plus, which follows along with the textbooks. It contains skits and practice exercises, and is a great way to compliment your learning!

 


Registration

Registration for 2017-18 Japanese Together courses opens at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, August 1st and will be accepted up until the third class, or until the course is full. To ensure a smooth processing of your application we recommend registering no later than 2 weeks before the start of the term. If you haven’t yet read the Terms and Conditions, please do so before registering.

※ Registration has ended for Term 1, but people are still welcome to join us for Term 2 depending on space availability.

※ Please be aware that all registrants may be asked to come for a placement interview.

Japanese Together 1 Course Fees

Each term of Japanese Together 1 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.

Register early and save!

※ An early-bird discount of $45 per term is available up until 3 weeks before the first day of class, making the term fees only $410!
(Deadline for Term 2 early-bird discount:  December 19, 2017)