Elementary Course: Japanese Together 2

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Japanese Together 2 is an elementary course for people who have little to no experience studying Japanese, and will cover the first half of the A2 level of the JF Standard. During this course students will work towards the following goals:

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal preference, shopping, point of interest in local area, community involvement, etc.)
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and mattes in areas of immediate need.

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

For all terms, Japanese Together 2 runs Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Japan Foundation, Toronto.

Term 1 (Fall):

September 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 12, 20, 27
December 4, 11

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2019

Term Goals:

  • Say what season you like and why.
  • Tell someone how to get to a place nearby.
  • Tell a friend about a place of your recommendation, using a map of your town.

… and more!

Instructor: Eri Takahashi

Term 2 (Winter):

January 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8

Registration  Deadline: January 29, 2020

Term Goals:

  • Apologize for being late and give a reason.
  • Ask someone for help to understand or to learn a foreign language.
  • Offer a dish to your friends or respond to an offer.

… and more!

Instructor: Yuiko Goya

Term 3 (Spring):

April 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 8, 15, 22

Registration Deadline: May 6, 2020

Term Goals:

  • Talk briefly about what you usually do to stay healthy.
  • Introduce your colleagues to a visitor.
  • Talk about your things, saying when and from whom you got them.

… and more!

Instructor: Yuiko Goya


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 2 uses the Elementary 1 A2 Katsudoo (Coursebook for communicative language activities) & Elementary 1 A2 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!

Not sure if this course 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.

※ Please note that this is not a definitive placement method. If you are still unsure as to whether or not Japanese Together 2 is right for you, please contact us at koza@jftor.org or 416-966-1600 ex233.


If you are interested in joining Japanese Together 2, please register for the waiting list using the form below.

Registration for 2019-20 Japanese Together courses opens at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, 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.

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

Japanese Together 2 Course Fees

Each term of Japanese Together 2 costs $455 ($1,365 for the full year), and the fees are due by the first 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 25, 2019) The early-bird deadline for Term 2 has passed.