JFT Online MARUGOTO Japanese Language Courses: Pre-Intermediate (JF Standard A2/B1)

Our Pre-Intermediate course is for people who have completed the elementary levels, and will help students progress from the A2 level to the B1 level of the JF Standard. During this course students will work towards the following goals:

  • Can express your feelings/opinions and respond to those of others.
  • Can handle trouble and unexpected events.
  • Can consciously improve on your ability to converse appropriately and effectively.

The Can-do 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.


For inquiries about Japanese language classes, please contact us at koza@jftor.org.


Course Details and Schedule

For all terms, our Pre-Intermediate (JF Standard A2/B1) course runs Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time).

Show Click here for the schedule, class size, course fees, and textbook information

Term 1 (Fall):

September 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7

Early-Bird Deadline: August 31, 2021

Instructor: Hiromi Howe

Term 2 (Winter):

January 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5

Early-Bird Deadline: December 21, 2021

Instructor: Hiromi Howe

Term 3 (Spring):

April 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12

Early-Bird Deadline: March 29, 2022

Instructor: Hiromi Howe

Class Size

The class size of our Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) course is limited to 16 students.

Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) Course Fees

Each term (Fall, Winter, Spring) costs $390. Payment is accepted only on a Term by Term basis.
Early-Bird Discount: Register and pay by August 31, 2021 and Term 1 will only cost $325!

Once a student has registered in the course and their registration has been confirmed they will be sent a Square invoice (please refer to the registration process). A student’s position in the course is only confirmed once full payment has been received.


Our Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) course uses the following textbook:

Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Pre-Intermediate A2/B1
The Japan Foundation. Sanshuusha, June 2015       ISBN: 978-4-384-05758-4

Each of the above terms (Fall, Winter, Spring) will cover one third of the textbook, and by completing all three terms you will finish the textbook.

Textbooks are not included in the fees and students are expected to buy their own copies.
In Canada, physical copies of the Marugoto textbook series are available from Blue Tree Books. You can pick them up in person at the Markham, Ontario location in J-Town, or from their online store at https://bluetreebooks.com/product/marugoto-japanese-language-and-culture-pre-intermediate-a2-b1/.

If you would prefer to purchase the textbook as an e-book, it is available on both Amazon Kindle and Google Play Books.

For the detailed syllabus and topics covered in Term 1 click here.

Terms and Conditions

For full details on our course policies including our refund policy please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Not sure if this course is right for you?

Click here for an online level checker which will guide you to see which 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 which level you should register in, please contact us at koza@jftor.org.



Registration for 2021-22 courses will open at 12:00 pm EDT on Thursday, August 5, 2021.

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.


Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) Registration Form