Applications for Term 3, 2016:
- Term 2 is now in progress
- Class information for Term 3 will be available in early June
- New morning classes available in Term 3 for Starter and Elementary 1 Courses.
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Please send all enquiries to jcourse@jpf.org.au
 
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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 Levels in 2016
Term Schedules
Course Structure
 
Course Levels in 2016
1. Evening Course (6-8pm)
 
One Year (Four Term) Course JF Standard Level
Starter Course A1
Elementary 1 A2-1
Elementary 2 A2-2
Pre-Intermediate Course A2/B1
Intermediate Course B1
Pre-Advanced Course B2-1
Advanced Course B2-2
 
Special Course JF Standard Level
10 Week Taster Course A1
 
*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
Starter Course A1
Elementary 1 A2-1
 
Special Course JF Standard Level
Conversation Course A1
10 Week Taster Course A1
 
*The morning Starter Course and Elementary 1 Course (one-year course) will start from Term 3.
*The Starter Conversation Course is a three-term course which will start from Term 2.
*The morning 10 Week Taster Course will be held in Term 1 and Term 4.
 
Term Schedules for 2016
 
Term 1 1 Feb - 9 Apr Term 2 26 Apr - 2 Jul
Term 3 18 Jul - 24 Sep Term 4 10 Oct – 17 Dec
 
* Due to NSW public holiday, all classes held on:
- Monday 13 June (Term 2) will be moved to Friday 17 June.
 
    Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Evening
6:00pm-8:00pm
One year Course All courses from
Starter to Advanced
Special Course 10 Week Taster 10 Week Taster 10 Week Taster 10 Week Taster
Morning
10:00am-12:00pm
One year Course Starter
    Starter Elementary 1
Special Course   Starter Conversation
10 Week Taster     10 Week Taster
 
Note:
1. The 10 Week Taster Course is for 10 weeks (one term) only
2. The Starter Conversation Course is for three terms (Term 2-4)
3. The morning Starter Course and Elementary 1 Course will continue until Term 2, 2017.
 
Course Structure for Term 2, 2016
 
1. Evening Course (6pm – 8pm)
One Year (Four Term) Course
Starter (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. Nyūmon A1 : Nihon no kotoba to bunka – An integrated course” in Starter Japanese”.

Topic: “Food” , “Home” and “Daily life”

Dates

Monday class: 29 April – 27 June 2016 (10 lessons)
*Due to NSW public holiday, classes held on Monday 25 April will be moved to Friday 29 April.
*Due to NSW public holiday, classes held on Monday 13 June will be move to Friday 17 June.
Teacher: Yukiko Watanabe
Wednesday class: 27 April – 29 June 2016 (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 (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 Elementary 1 course, we aim to cover Lessons 5, 6, 9 and 10 of “Marugoto. Shokyuu1 A2 : Nihon no kotoba to bunka – An integrated course in elementary Japanese“.

Topic: “My town” and “Language and cultures of other countries ”

Dates

Monday class: 29 April – 27 June 2016 (10 lessons)
*Due to NSW public holiday, classes held on Monday 25 April will be moved to Friday 29 April.
*Due to NSW public holiday, classes held on Monday 13 June will be move to Friday 17 June.
Teacher: Kaoru Murn
Wednesday class: 27 April – 29 June 2016 (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 (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. Shokyuu2 A2 : Nihon no kotoba to bunka – An integrated course in elementary Japanese“.

Topic: “Okinawa trip” and “Japanese festival”

Dates
Tuesday class: 26 April – 28 June 2016 (10 lessons)
Teacher:
Kaoru Murn
Thursday class:
28 April – 30 June 2016 (10 lessons)
Teacher: Keiko Nishiyama
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 (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 topic 3 and 4 of “Marugoto. Syochukyu A2/B1 : Nihon no kotoba to bunka – An integrated course in pre-intermediate Japanese“.

Topic: “My comfort food” and “Visiting someone”

Dates

Tuesday class: 26 April – 28 June 2016 (10 lessons)
Teacher:
Keiko Nishiyama

Thursday class: 28 April – 30 June 2016 (10 lessons)  
Teacher: Makiko Hachisuka

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 (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. family, hobbies, work, 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 topic 3 and 4 of “Marugoto. Chukyu1 B1 : Nihon no kotoba to bunka – An integrated course in intermediate Japanese“. 

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

Dates

Wednesday class: 27 April – 29 June 2016 (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 (試用版)
2014
*This book is not distributed commercially.

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

ISBN: 978-4-87540-166-7

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 $20 will be charged together with the course fee. 
* The textbook will be issued on the first day of class.

 
 
Pre-Advanced (Tue)  
This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • understand articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular stances or viewpoints
  • sustain one’s opinion in discussion by providing relevant explanations and comments
  • develop a clear argument, expanding and supporting his/her points of view at some length with subsidiary points and relevant examples
  • synthesise information and arguments from a number of sources
Term 2


In Term 2 of the Pre-Advanced course, we aim to cover Lesson 11 (「 日本 にほん 歴史 れきし 」) and Lesson 12 (「 日本 にほん 伝統 でんとう 工芸 こうげい 」) of “Jōkyū e no tobira”

Dates

Tuesday class: 26 April – 28 June 2016 (10 lessons)
Teacher: Yukiko Watanabe
Textbook

上級へのとびら : コンテンツとマルチメディアで学ぶ日本語
岡まゆみ … [et al.] 
くろしお出版 
2009

Tobira, gateway to advanced Japanese : learning through content and multimedia 
Mayumi Oka … [et al.]
Published by Kuroshio Publishers
2009

ISBN: 978-4-87424-447-0

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.

 
 
Advanced (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
Term 2

The advanced course will focus on the discussion of Japanese history and developments in Japanese language, as well as writing film reviews, and making presentations.

Topic: 日本の歴史と日本語の変遷 へんせん

In this course, we do not use any textbook. The learning material will be distributed every lesson.

Dates

Thursday class: 28 April – 30 June 2016 (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)

 
Special Course
10 Week Taster  (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: 29 April – 27 June 2016 (10 lessons)
*Due to NSW public holiday, classes held on Monday 25 April will be moved to Friday 29 April
*
Due to NSW public holiday, classes held on Monday 13 June will be move to Friday 17 June.
Teacher: Katie Froggatt
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 (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. Nyūmon A1 : Nihon no kotoba to bunka – An integrated course” in Starter Japanese”. T

opic: “Food” , “Home” and “Daily life”

Dates
Saturday class: 30 April – 2 July (10 lessons)
Teacher:
Shoko Ono
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.
 
 
Special Course
Starter Conversation- First Term (Thu)   

This is a three-term course that will enable you to master basic conversation skills.

This course is suitable if you are an absolute beginner and would like to focus on speaking and listening. It is also suitable if you have previously studied basic grammar and would like to practice more.

In this course, you will learn how to communicate in a variety of situations in Japanese. In addition, you will gain a better understanding of Japanese culture. Topics covered will include self-introduction, food, hobbies, shopping and holidays.

Note:
Japanese scripts (hiragana and katakana) are introduced for the purpose of pronunciation, but not covered in this course.

First Term

In this term, we aim to cover Lessons 1 to 6 of “Marugoto. Nyūmon A1 : Nihon no kotoba to bunka – An integrated course” in Starter Japanese”.

Topics: “Japanese language”, “Myself”, “Food”

Date
Thursday class: 28 April – 30 June 2016 (10 lessons)
Teacher: 
Hiromi Nishimoto
Course Fee

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

* 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