J-Course in Term 2, 2017:

- Term 2 will begin on 24 April.  
- Applications for the 10 Week Taster Course open now. Please click here.
- For any enquiries, please contact the J-Course Team at jcourse@jpf.org.au

 
Embark on a new cultural experience and broaden your horizons!
 
  Photos by Brett Boardman
 
Our language courses offer you the opportunity to develop your communicative competence in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. This is achieved through class interaction and active participation in tasks using Japanese. Classes are conducted mainly in Japanese.

Our language courses are designed based on the JF Standard.
What is the JF Standard?
 
Japanese Language Courses
Course Level
Term Schedules
Course Structure
 
Course Levels in Term 2 2017
 
1. Evening Course (6pm – 8pm)
 
One year (Four Term) Course JF Standard level Class day
B2-1 Thu
B1-2 Tue
B1-1 Wed
A2/B1 Tue / Thu
A2-2 Tue / Thu
A2-1 Mon / Wed
A1 Mon / Wed
Special Course
A1 Mon
 
*All evening one-year courses will start from Term 1.
*Applications to continue the course will be taken every term.
*The evening 10 Week Taster Course (one term course) will be held each term.
 
2. Morning Course (10am-12pm)
 
One year (Four Term) Course JF Standard level Class day
B2-2 Sat
A2-1 Sat
A1 Sat
A2-1 Wed
A1 Tue

*The morning Starter Course and Elementary 1 Course (one-year course) started in Term 3 2016, and will continue into their third term in Term 1, 2017.

Click here for details of each course level

 

Term Schedules for 2017
 
Term 1 30 Jan - 8 Apr Term 2 24 Apr - 1 Jul
Term 3 17 Jul - 23 Sep Term 4 9 Oct – 16 Dec

Due to NSW public holidays, all classes held on:
-Tuesday 25 April (Term 2) will be moved to Friday 28 April.
-Monday 12 June (Term 2) will be moved to Friday 16 June.

 

Course Structure for Term 2, 2017
 
1. Evening Course (6pm – 8pm)
One Year (Four Term) Course
Starter (A1) (Mon / Wed)    
This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • ask and answer simple questions on very familiar topics, such as family and oneself.
  • understand and use simple phrases and sentences in areas of immediate need.
  • recognise familiar names, words and very basic phrases on simple notices.
  • write simple isolated phrases and sentences.
Term 2


In Term 2 of Starter course, we aim to cover Lessons 5, 6, 8 and 9 of "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Starter A1)" .
Topic: "Food" ,"Home" and "Daily life"

Dates

Monday class: 24 April – 26 June (10 lessons)
Teacher: Kaoru Murn
Wednesday class: 26 April–28 June (10 lessons)
Teacher: Keiko Nishiyama

Textbook
まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, かつどう
国際交流基金
三修社
2013

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, りかい
国際交流基金
三修社
2013.

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation.
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation.
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05753-9
Term Fee
$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member) 
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount)

*
Course fee does not include textbooks.
* For the first enrolment, a textbook fee of $25 (two volumes of "MARUGOTO" textbooks Starter A1) will be charged together with the course fee.
* The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.
 
 
Elementary 1 (A2-1) (Mon / Wed)   
This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • handle very short social exchanges on topics pertinent to one’s everyday life.
  • use a series of phrases and sentences to talk in simple terms about one’s family, living conditions, educational background and present/recent job
  • find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements
  • write about things that one did, places one went to on a particular day in a series of simple phrases and sentences
Term 2


In Term 2 of the Elementary 1 course, we aim to cover Lessons 5, 6, 9 and 10 of "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Elementary 1, A2)".

Topic: "My town" and "Language and cultures of other countries "

Dates

Monday class: 24 April – 26 June 2017 (10 lessons)
Teacher:Yukiko Watanabe
Wednesday class: 26 April – 28 June 2017 (10 lessons)
Teacher: Shoko Ono

Textbook
まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 初級1. A2, かつどう
国際交流基金 2014

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 初級1. A2, りかい
国際交流基金 2014

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Elementary 1. A2, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation

ISBN: 978-4-384-05754-6

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Elementary 1. A2, Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation.

ISBN: 978-4-384-05755-3
Term Fee

$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member) 
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount)

* Course fee does not include textbooks.
* For the first enrolment, a textbook fee of $25 (two volumes of "MARUGOTO" textbooks Elementary 1. A2) will be charged together with the course fee.
* The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.

 
 
Elementary 2 (A2-2) (Tue / Thu)    

This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities.
  • describe one’s routine, work, learning experience, etc. in a simple list of points.
  • find specific information in simple everyday material such as simple personal letters, brochure, etc.
  • write short, simple messages and fill in application forms in areas of immediate need.
Term 2


In Term 2 of Elementary 2 course, we aim to cover Lessons 5 to 8 of "Marugoto : Japanese Language and Culture (Elementary 2, A2)" .

Topic: "Okinawa trip" and "Japan festival"

Dates

Tuesday class: 28 April – 27 June 2017 (10 lessons)
*Due to NSW public holidays, the class held on 25 April will be moved to Friday 28 April.
Teacher: Keiko Nishiyama
Thursday class:
30 April – 29 June 2017 (10 lessons)
Teacher:
 Yukiko Watanabe

Textbook

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 初級2. A2, かつどう
国際交流基金
2014

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 初級2. A2, りかい
国際交流基金
2014

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Elementary 2. A2, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation

ISBN: 978-4-384-05756-0

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Elementary 2. A2, Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation.

ISBN: 978-4-384-05757-7

Term Fee
$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member)
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount) 

*
Course fee does not include textbooks.
* For the first enrolment, a textbook fee of $25 (two volumes of "MARUGOTO" textbooks Elementary 2. A2) will be charged together with the course fee.
* The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.
 
 
Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) (Tue / Thu)    

This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • enter unprepared into a conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events)
  • understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • understand the description of daily events, feelings and wishes that appear in personal or informal texts
  • write short, simple messages and fill in application forms in areas of immediate need
  • use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms their family and the people around them, living conditions , etc
Term 2


In Term 2 of Pre-Intermediate course, we aim to cover topics 3 and 4 of "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Pre-Intermediate A2/B1).

Topic: "My comfort food" and "Visiting"

Dates

Tuesday class: 28 April – 29 June 2017 (10 lessons)
*Due to NSW public holidays, the class held on 25 April will be moved to Friday 28 April.
Teacher:
 Kaoru Murn
Thursday class: 27 April – 29 June 2017 (10 lessons)
Teacher: Keiko Nishiyama

Textbook

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 初中級. A2/B1 
国際交流基金 
2015

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Pre-Intermediate. A2/B1
The Japan Foundation 

ISBN: 978-4-384-05758-4 

Term Fee

$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member)
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount) 

* Course fee does not include textbooks.
For the first enrolment, a textbook fee of $20 will be charged together with the course fee. 
The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.
 
 
Intermediate (B1-1) (Wed)   

This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • enter unprepared into a conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. myself, hobbies, food, travel and current events)
  • understand the description of daily events, feelings and wishes that appear in personal or informal texts
  • understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, including speech heard on media such as radio, TV programmes, etc.
  • write straightforward, cohesive texts on topics that are familiar, or of personal interest
  • connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and past events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and state clear reasons and explanations related to one’s opinions and plans
Term 2


In Term 2 of Intermediate course, we aim to cover topics 3 and 4 of "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Intermediate1, B1)".

Topic: "My favourite music” and "Let’s go to a hot spring!"

Dates

Wednesday class: 26 April – 28 June 2017 (10 lessons)
Teacher: Makiko Hachisuka
Textbook

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 中級1. B1.
国際交流基金
2016

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Intermediate. B1
The Japan Foundation
Published by Sanshusha

ISBN: 978-4-384-05759-1

Term Fee

$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member)
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount) 

* Course fee does not include textbooks.
For the first enrolment, a textbook fee of $25 will be charged together with the course fee. 
* The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.

 
 
Pre-Advanced (B1-2) (Tue)  
This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • enter unprepared into a conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. hobbies, health, news, travel and historical events)
  • understand articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular stances or viewpoints
  • develop a clear argument, expanding and supporting his/her points of view at some length with subsidiary points and relevant examples
  • understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, including speech heard on media such as radio, TV programmes, etc.
  • write and give his/her E-mail and Internet forum about accumulated factual information on familiar routine and non-routine matters within his/her field
Term 2


In Term 2 of the Pre-Advanced course, we aim to cover topic 4 and 5 of “Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Intermediate 2, B1)”.

Topic: "If you’re going to see a play,..." and "Local news"

Dates

Tuesday class: 28 April – 27 June 2017 (10 lessons)
*Due to NSW public holidays, the class held on 25 April will be moved to Friday 28 April.
Teacher: Shoko Ono
Textbook

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 中級2. B1.
国際交流基金 (試用版)
2016
* This book is not distributed commercially.

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Intermediate 2. B1
The Japan Foundation
[Trial use edition]
* This book is not distributed commercially.

ISBN: 978-4-87540-175-9
Term Fee

$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member) 
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount)

* Course fee does not include textbooks.
For the first enrolment, a textbook fee of $20 will be charged together with the course fee.

 
 
Advanced (B2-1) (Thu)  

This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • scan quickly through long and complex texts, locating relevant details
  • express his/her ideas and opinions with precision, present and respond to complex lines of argument convincingly
  • write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to his/her field of interest, synthesising and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources
  • summarise a wide range of factual and imaginative texts, commenting on and discussing contrasting points of view and the main themes
  • Can understand documentaries and the majority of films in standard dialect
Term 2


In Term 2 of the Advanced course, we aim to cover Lesson 2 (「仕事 」) of "Topikku ni yoru Nihongo sōgō enshū: tēma sagashi kara happyō e Jōkyū".

Dates

Thursday class: 27 April – 29 June 2017 (10 lessons)
Teacher: Yukiko Fukumoto
Textbook

トピックによる日本語総合演習. 上級 : テーマ探しから発表へ
安藤節子 編著 ; 専修大学国際交流センター 監修 改訂版
スリーエーネットワーク
2010

Topikku ni yoru Nihongo sōgō enshū. Jōkyū : tēma sagashi kara happyō e / Andō Setsuko ... [et al.]
Senshū Daigaku Kokusai Kōryū Sentā kanshū [Revised edition]
Published by 3A Corporation
2010

ISBN: 978-4-88319-523-7

Term Fee

$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member) 
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount)

* Course fee does not include textbooks.
* Participants will be required to obtain the textbook themselves.

 
Special Course
 
10 Week Taster (A1) (Mon)   
Are you planning to visit Japan? Would you like to communicate with Japanese people by saying more than just Arigatoo (Thank you)?

This is a practical course, designed for absolute beginners, where you will develop basic speaking and listening skills in Japanese. Additionally, you will discuss about Japanese culture and share your experiences based on the class topics (Greetings, Food, Towns and Shopping) to deepen your knowledge of Japan.

Once you have completed this course, you will be able to:
  • exchange basic greetings
  • give a simple self-introduction
  • order food and drinks
  • ask for directions while looking at a map
  • ask questions while shopping…etc.
Note:
- Japanese scripts (hiragana and katakana) are introduced for the purpose of pronunciation, but not covered in this course.
- This is a suitable ‘warm-up’ course if you are considering learning Japanese in the long-term.
Date
Monday class: Monday: 24 April – 26 June (10 lessons)
Teacher:
Brenda Hamer
Course Fee

$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member) 

* The course fee does not include the textbook. 
* A textbook fee of $15 will be charged together with the course fee.
* The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.

Textbook
まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, かつどう
国際交流基金
三修社
2013

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation.
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2
 
 
2. Morning Course (10am – 12pm)
One Year (Four Term) Course
Starter (A1) (Sat)    
This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • ask and answer simple questions on very familiar topics, such as family and oneself.
  • understand and use simple phrases and sentences in areas of immediate need.
  • recognise familiar names, words and very basic phrases on simple notices.
  • write simple isolated phrases and sentences.
Term 2


In Term 2 of Starter course, we aim to cover Lessons 5, 6, 8 and 9 of "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Starter A1)" .

Topic: "Food" ,"Home" and "Daily life"

Dates
Saturday class: 29 April – 1 July (10 lessons)
Teacher:
Yuko Martens
Textbook
まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, かつどう
国際交流基金
三修社
2013

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, りかい
国際交流基金
三修社
2013.

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation.
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation.
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05753-9
Term Fee
$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member) 
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount)

*
Course fee does not include textbooks.
* For the first enrolment, a textbook fee of $25 (two volumes of "MARUGOTO" textbooks Starter A1) will be charged together with the course fee.
* The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.
 
 
Elementary 1 (A2-1) (Sat)   
This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • handle very short social exchanges on topics pertinent to one’s everyday life.
  • use a series of phrases and sentences to talk in simple terms about one’s family, living conditions, educational background and present/recent job
  • find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements
  • write about things that one did, places one went to on a particular day in a series of simple phrases and sentences
Term 2


In Term 2 of the Elementary 1 course, we aim to cover Lessons 5, 6, 9 and 10 of "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Elementary 1, A2)".

Topic: "My town" and "Language and cultures of other countries"

Dates
Saturday class: 29 April – 1 July (10 lessons)
Teacher:
Yukiko Watanabe
Textbook
まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 初級1. A2, かつどう
国際交流基金 2014

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 初級1. A2, りかい
国際交流基金 2014

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Elementary 1. A2, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation

ISBN: 978-4-384-05754-6

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Elementary 1. A2, Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation.

ISBN: 978-4-384-05755-3
Term Fee

$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member) 
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount)

* Course fee does not include textbooks.
* For the first enrolment, a textbook fee of $25 (two volumes of "MARUGOTO" textbooks Elementary 1. A2) will be charged together with the course fee.
* The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.

 
Tatsujin (達人) (B2-2) (Sat)  
This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • read a short science fiction story, for example, and understand such content as the events and the motives for the characters' actions
  • express his/her ideas and opinions with precision, present and respond to complex lines of argument convincingly
  • write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to his/her field of interest, synthesising and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources
  • use the language fluently, accurately and effectively on a wide range of general, academic, vocational or leisure topics, marking clearly the relationships between ideas.
  • understand most TV news and current affairs programmes.
Term 2


達人コースは、新聞やTVニュースなどを使って、より自然でレベルの高い日本語を身につけます。日本の社会問題について話し合ったり、日本語で小説や映画を楽しんだりします。

The Tatsujin course aims to acquire more natural and high level Japanese use the authentic materials(newspaper ,TV news etc.). Teacher will distribute the handout. This course will discussing and focussing on current affairs , enjoy reading novels or films in Japanese.

Topic: TBC

Dates
Saturday class: 29 April – 1 July (10 lessons)
Teacher:
Shoko Ono
Term Fee

$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member) 
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount)

 
Starter - Fourth Term (A1) (Tue)    
This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • ask and answer simple questions on very familiar topics, such as family and oneself.
  • understand and use simple phrases and sentences in areas of immediate need.
  • recognise familiar names, words and very basic phrases on simple notices.
  • write simple isolated phrases and sentences.
Fourth Term


In the fourth term of Starter course, we aim to cover Lessons 15 to 18 of "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Starter, A1)".

Topic: "Shopping" , "Holidays and day off 2"

Dates
Tuesday class: 28 April – 27 June 2017 (10 lessons)
*Due to NSW public holidays, the class held on 25 April will be moved to Friday 28 April.
Teacher:
Hiromi Nishimoto
Textbook
まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, かつどう
国際交流基金
三修社
2013

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, りかい
国際交流基金
三修社
2013.

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation.
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation.
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05753-9
Term Fee

$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member) 
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount)

* Course fee does not include textbooks.
* For the first enrolment, a textbook fee of $25 (two volumes of "MARUGOTO" textbooks Elementary 1. A2) will be charged together with the course fee.
* The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.

 
Elementary 1 - Fourth Term (A2-1) (Wed)  
This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • handle very short social exchanges on topics pertinent to one’s everyday life.
  • use a series of phrases and sentences to talk in simple terms about one’s family, living conditions, educational background and present/recent job
  • find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements
  • write about things that one did, places one went to on a particular day in a series of simple phrases and sentences
Fourth Term


In the Fourth term of Elementary 1 course, we aim to cover Lessons 15 to 18 of "Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Elementary 1, A2)".

Topic: "Staying healthy" and "Celebrations"

Dates
Wednesday class: 26 April – 28 June 2017 (10 lessons)
Teacher:
Kaoru Mum
Textbook
まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 初級1. A2, かつどう
国際交流基金 2014

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 初級1. A2, りかい
国際交流基金 2014

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Elementary 1. A2, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation

ISBN: 978-4-384-05754-6

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Elementary 1. A2, Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation.

ISBN: 978-4-384-05755-3
Term Fee

$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member) 
$280 for continuing participants (with early-bird discount)

* Course fee does not include textbooks.
* For the first enrolment, a textbook fee of $25 (two volumes of "MARUGOTO" textbooks Elementary 1. A2) will be charged together with the course fee.
* The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.

 
Special Course
 
10 Week Taster (A1) (Thu)    
Are you planning to visit Japan? Would you like to communicate with Japanese people by saying more than just Arigatoo (Thank you)?

This is a practical course, designed for absolute beginners, where you will develop basic speaking and listening skills in Japanese. Additionally, you will discuss about Japanese culture and share your experiences based on the class topics (Greetings, Food, Towns and Shopping) to deepen your knowledge of Japan.

Once you have completed this course, you will be able to:
  • exchange basic greetings
  • give a simple self-introduction
  • order food and drinks
  • ask for directions while looking at a map
  • ask questions while shopping…etc.
Note:
- Japanese scripts (hiragana and katakana) are introduced for the purpose of pronunciation, but not covered in this course.
- This is a suitable ‘warm-up’ course if you are considering learning Japanese in the long-term.
Date
Thursday class: 27 April – 29 June 2017 (10 lessons)
Teacher:
Hiromi Nishimoto
Course Fee

$320 for new applicants ($300 for Japan Foundation, Sydney member) 

* The course fee does not include the textbook. 
* A textbook fee of $15 will be charged together with the course fee.
* The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.

Textbook
まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, かつどう
国際交流基金
三修社
2013

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation.
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2