Japanese Language Classes

Looking to start learning Japanese? Join us this summer for our 2-week intensive Japanese Boot Camp!

At the Japan Foundation, Toronto we offer several types of classes for people who want to learn more about the Japanese language and culture:

The levels of all our classes are based on the Japan Foundation Standard for Japanese Language Education (JF Standard), so if you want to know if a certain class is right for you, please click here for more information.

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Upcoming Classes


For inquiries about Japanese language classes, please contact Barbara Carter at bcarter@jftor.org.


Marugoto A1 KatudooJapanese Together

These term-based courses run for two hours a week over three 13 week terms (fall, winter, spring). While it is possible to register for each term individually, for the best experience we recommend taking all three terms.

These courses use Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture, which is a textbook designed by the Japan Foundation. Through studying with us in our Japanese Together language courses, you will learn to complete various “Can-do” in Japanese!

For more information or to register in one of this year’s Japanese Together courses please click here.


MARUGOTO Intermediate Japanese Language Classes

At the Japan Foundation, Toronto, we are happy to offer intermediate Japanese language classes using the Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture series. Each class is made up of 6 two-hour lessons which cover a topic from the Marugoto Intermediate (B1) books, including activities focusing on all four areas of communication (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).

Using various materials, students will work towards the expansion of vocabulary, and grammatical accuracy and fluency in communicating in spoken and written Japanese. These classes will also look at communication strategies as well as the socio-cultural aspects of Japanese.

For more information please click here.


Other Japanese Language & Culture Classes

At the Japan Foundation, Toronto we sometimes offer classes designed to supplement your Japanese studies, or prepare you for entering courses such as Japanese Together. We also have cultural classes looking at various aspects of Japan, Japanese culture, Japanese society, and the language associated with them which are the perfect for people who are interested in learning the language but don’t know where to start.

While some classes occur only once, we also have classes that we offer on a regular basis, including:

  • Let’s Learn Hiragana! (JF Standard A1): offered in the fall, for those who want to start learning how to read and write in Japanese
  • Let’s Learn Katakana! (JF Standard A1): offered in the fall, for those who want to learn how to read and write the second of the basic Japanese alphabets
  • Travel Japanese (JF Standard A1): offered twice a year in February/March and May/June, for people who are planning to visit Japan and want to learn some essentials before they go!
  • “Bring your own Bento” Drop-in Lunchtime Language Lessons (JF Standard A1): offered the second Wednesday of every month, to introduce helpful words and expressions to get you started on the path to communicating in Japanese!

We also occasionally offer classes for intermediate learners, such as our Let’s Learn Keigo! class for those who want to learn about formal Japanese.


JLPT Information Sessions

Šî–{ RGBIn September we have information sessions for people who are interested in taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) but are not quite sure what is involved. (Please note that we do not cover test-taking/study strategies, but instead give a general overview of the exam and different levels.)