Online Teacher-Supported Self-Study Courses: Starter (A1)

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.

Study at your own pace!

There are a variety of FREE websites and apps students can choose from to prepare for the in-person lessons!

We strongly recommend students in our Teacher-Supported Self-Study Courses register for an account with JF Japanese e-Learning Minato, as their comprehensive courses provide everything you need to succeed! Starter (A1) will be based on the following courses on Minato:

There are also additional websites and apps students can use to supplement their learning:

  • MARUGOTO Plus: A website that supplements your learning with additional activities, explanations, vocabulary practice, and more!
  • HIRAGANA Memory Hint (iOS | Google Play Android | Amazon): An app for studying the Japanese hiragana alphabet.
  • KATAKANA Memory Hint (iOS | Google Play Android | Amazon): An app for studying the Japanese katakana alphabet.
  • KANJI Memory Hint 1 (iOS | Google Play Android | Amazon): An app for studying the kanji introduced specifically in Starter (A1).

Inquiries

For inquiries about Japanese language classes, please contact us at koza_jftoronto@jpf.go.jp.

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Course Details and Schedule

Meeting Schedule: 3 Wednesday evenings per term, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)
(Total class time for the 3-term course is 9 meetings of 2 hours each)

Term 1 (Fall):

Self-study: Topic 1 (Lesson 1, 2)

First meeting:
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 2 (Lesson 3, 4)

Second meeting:
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 3 (Lesson 5, 6)

Third meeting:
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Evaluation: November 30, 2022

Term 2 (Winter):

Self-study: Topic 4 (Lesson 7, 8)

First meeting:
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 5 (Lesson 9, 10)

Second meeting:
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 6 (Lesson 11, 12)

Third meeting:
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Evaluation: March 29, 2023

Term 3 (Spring):

Self-study: Topic 7  (Lesson 13, 14)

First meeting:
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 8 (Lesson 15, 16)

Second meeting:
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Self-study: Topic 9 (Lesson 17, 18)

Third meeting:
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Evaluation: July 5, 2023

Instructor: Tomoko Ujie-Bailey

Class Size: The class size of our Teacher-Support Starter (A1) course is limited to 20 students.

Starter (A1) Course Fees: Each term (Fall, Winter, Spring) costs $90. (Completing the entire course from September to July will cost $270.)
*Payment is accepted only on a Term by Term basis.

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.

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


Registration

To ensure a smooth processing of your application we recommend registering no later than 2 weeks before the start of the term.

*This course is currently full. If you are interested in joining a waiting list please fill out the form below.

If you haven’t yet read the Terms and Conditions, please do so before registering.

Starter (A1) Registration Form