“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 (or “JF Standard” – for more information, please click here). Through studying with us in our Japanese Together language courses, 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).

🌟 Not sure which level is right for you?

Click here for an online level checker which will guide you to see which “Japanese Together” course might be suitable for your current level.

All courses run for 2 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 Course: Japanese Together 1 (JF Standard A1)

Session 1. Tuesday afternoons: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 2. Friday evenings: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm [WAITING LIST]

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.

For more details or to register please click here.

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

Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm [WAITING LIST]

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.

For more details or to register please click here.

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

Tuesday evenings: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm [WAITING LIST]

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 Course: Japanese Together 4 (JF Standard A2/B1)

Friday evenings: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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.

For more details or to register please click here.

Intermediate Course: Japanese Together 5 (JF Standard B1)

Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This course will cover 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.

For more details or to register please click here.

Student Voices

Here’s what current & former students have to say about our “Japanese Together” language courses!

Over the years I have started and for any number of reasons quit all kinds of language schools. However, here at JFT not only did I complete the entire course but I’m looking forward to returning in the fall. Even though it was a starter course, by the end you felt you could travel to Japan on your own. The textbooks actually match the real world. Even at a very basic level, by the end of the final term we were all able to shop in a department store, ask for directions, read street signs, order food in a restaurant, talk about our hobbies and vacations and much more. All the things you would normally do. Often there is little opportunity to practice outside the classroom but because the lessons are also online and interactive you have the opportunity to review and reinforce both listening and speaking skills.
As adults learning a language can be rather stressful. Our instructor was amazing. She has a great sense of humour, patient, encouraging, motivating and all those other attributes that make for a great teacher. The course was fun.
I encourage anyone who has an interest in things Japanese and wishes to try their hand at learning the language to enroll in one of the courses offered by the Japan Foundation, Toronto.

-AR (Japanese Together 1 student)

What I really enjoy about the Marugoto program is its focus on contextual learning. Rather than introducing new grammar points first before applying within practical scenarios, Marugoto starts by introducing a topic and then draws out new grammar organically through application. As we work through each topic (generally about 4 weeks), we successively build on new words and phrases and, through that, gradually develop an understanding of the various grammar points within that context. Also, Marugoto teachers always provide expansions of how to use the new grammar, whether through more challenging conversation exercises or other example scenarios of where that grammar can be used. There are so few situations in the “real world” that will exactly match the textbook practice exercises, so I find that Marugoto’s focus on “Can-do” equips language learners to actually go out and use their Japanese. For me, it’s a very natural and fun way of learning a new language.

-Sydney (Japanese Together 4 student)

We also have a series of “Student Voices” videos, which you can watch on our YouTube channel, or click play on the video below to start the entire playlist!

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 (Thursday, August 1st for the 2019-20 school year), and remains open until the 3rd week of each term.

Wondering how registration works?
      1. Read through the terms and conditions.
      2. Go to the information/registration page of the level you are interested in (linked above).
      3. Fill out the application form, taking care to fill out the self-assessment. 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 or too difficult 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

Please visit the page of the level you are interested in for the exact term fees. 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 $45 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.