Our Starter (introductory) 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 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.
For inquiries about Japanese language classes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Details and Schedule
For all terms, our Starter (JF Standard A1) course runs Friday evenings from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time).
Term 1 (Fall):
September 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10
Early-Bird Deadline: August 31, 2021
Term 2 (Winter):
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8
Early-Bird Deadline: December 21, 2021
Term 3 (Spring):
April 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 8, 15, 22
Early-Bird Deadline: March 29, 2022
The class size of our Starter (A1) course is limited to 20 students.
Starter (A1) 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 Starter (A1) course uses both of the following textbooks:
Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1 Katsudoo Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation. Sanshuusha, September 2013 ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2
Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1 Rikai Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation. Sanshuusha, September 2013 ISBN: 978-4-384-05753-9
Each of the above terms (Fall, Winter, Spring) will cover one third of the textbooks, and by completing all three terms you will finish the textbooks.
※ 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/?s=marugoto&post_type=product.
Terms and Conditions
For full details on our course policies including our refund policy please refer to the Terms and Conditions.
Free Online Supplementary Resources
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.
Starter (A1) Registration Form
Registration for our September 2021 language courses will open on Thursday, August 5 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time. Please come back then to register!