Starter Course: Japanese Together 1

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Japanese 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

This year we are offering two sessions of Japanese Together 1 at the Japan Foundation, Toronto.

Session 1. Thursday afternoons: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm 

Session 2. Thursday evenings: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (SESSION FULL. If you are interested please register for the waiting list using the form below.)

Please indicate which session you are interested in joining when you register below.

The schedule for both classes is as follows:

Term 1 (Fall):

September 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6, 13

Registration Deadline: October 4, 2018

Term Goals:

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

… and more!

Instructor: Kyoko Sato

Term 2 (Winter):

January 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11

Registration  Deadline: January 31, 2019

Term Goals:

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

… and more!

Instructor: Kyoko Sato

Term 3 (Spring):

April 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18

Registration Deadline: May 9, 2019

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: Kyoko Sato


Marugoto A1 KatudooMarugoto: 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 is now closed. Please check back soon for information on our classes starting in September 2019!

Registration for 2018-19 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 1 Course Fees

Each term of Japanese Together 1 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 3 early-bird discount: April 4, 2019) The early-bird registration deadline for Term 3 has passed.