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2010 Summer Japanese Courses


Tuition:
Classes that meet once a week.
$230* Japan Society Members
$260 Non-members

Classes that meet twice a week.
$400* Japan Society Members
$450 Non-members

*For tuition discount, please contact Reiko Sassa at 212-715-1256.

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Important note:
We strongly recommend that you register early to ensure enrollment in your first choice of class. Please read all notes before completing the registration form.

JAPANESE 1-A
(for beginning students, meets twice a week, covers levels 1 & 2)
Instructor: Nakazawa
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6/3 (Thurs) -8/12 (no class 7/1), 6:10-8:00 pm (37 hours)
Basic vocabulary, elementary conversation and simple sentence structure will be taught in Romaji (Japanese written phonetically in the Roman alphabet). Hiragana and Katakana (both Japanese syllabaries) will be introduced.
Text: JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE, Vol. I

JAPANESE 1-B

(for beginning students, meets twice a week, covers levels 1 & 2)
Instructor: Miyashita
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6/3 (Thurs) -8/12 (no class 7/1), 12:00-1:50 pm (37 hours)
(See description for 1-A)

JAPANESE 1-C
(for beginning students, meets twice a week, covers levels 1 & 2)
Instructor: Aizawa
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6/2 (Wed) -8/11 (no class 7/5), 4:00-5:50 pm (37 hours)
(See description for 1-A)

JAPANESE 2-A

(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Tuesdays, 6/8-8/10, 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Students must recognize Hiragana.
Text: JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE, Vol. I (from lesson 8).

JAPANESE 2-B
(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Fridays, 6/4-8/13 (no class 7/2), 4:00-5:50 pm (18.5 hours)
(See description for 2-A)

JAPANESE 3-A

(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Thursdays, 6/3-8/12 (no class 7/1), 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Must read Hiragana and Katakana comfortably. This course will focus on the introduction and use of the “te” and “nai” forms of the verb, as well as continue with the building of conversation skills and vocabulary.
Text: JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE, Vol. I (from lesson 17).

JAPANESE 3-B
(meets twice a week, covers levels 3 & 4)
Instructor: Noguchi
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6/2 (Wed) -8/11 (no class 7/5), 6:10-8:00 pm (37 hours)
(See description for 3-A and 4-A)

JAPANESE 3-C
(meets twice a week, covers levels 3 & 4)
Instructor: Aizawa
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6/2 (Wed) -8/11 (no class 7/5), 12:00-1:50 pm (37 hours)
(See description for 3-A and 4-A)

JAPANESE 3-D
(meets twice a week, covers levels 3 & 4)
Instructor: Hama
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6/3 (Thurs) -8/12 (no class 7/1), 4:00-5:50 pm (37 hours)
(See description for 3-A and 4-A)

JAPANESE 3-E

(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Fridays, 6/4-8/13 (no class 7/2), 4:00-5:50 pm (18.5 hours)
(See description for 3-A)

JAPANESE 4-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Mondays, 6/7-8/9 (no class 7/5) & Wed. 8/11, 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Basic kanji will be introduced. Along with conversation and additional grammatical points,
students will learn the “plain form” of the verb and the use of noun-modifying clauses.
Text: LEARN JAPANESE New College Text, Vol. II, first half.

JAPANESE 5-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 4 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Fridays, 6/4-8/13 (no class 7/2), 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Among other things, students will learn comparative and conditional expressions.
Text: LEARN JAPANESE New College Text, Vol. II, second half.

JAPANESE 5-B
(meets twice a week, covers levels 5 & 6)
Instructor: Akai
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6/3 (Thurs) -8/12 (no class 7/1), 6:10-8:00 pm (37 hours)
(See description for 5-A and 6-A)

JAPANESE 5-C

(meets twice a week, covers levels 5 & 6)
Instructor: Hama
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6/3 (Thurs) -8/12 (no class 7/1), 12:00-1:50pm (37 hours)
(See description for 5-A and 6-A)

JAPANESE 5-D
(meets twice a week, covers levels 5 & 6)
Instructor: Miyashita
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6/2 (Wed) -8/11 (no class 7/5), 4:00-5:50 pm (37 hours)
(See description for 5-A and 6-A)

JAPANESE 6-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 5 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Fridays, 6/4-8/13 (no class 7/2), 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Students will learn how to use various modifying clauses to create complex sentences. Recognition of 100 kanji is expected.
Text: LEARN JAPANESE New College Text, Vol. III, first half.

JAPANESE 6-B
(Prerequisite: Japanese 5 or equivalent)
Instructor: Akai
Mondays, 6/7-8/9 (no class 7/5) & Wed. 8/11, 12:00-1:50 pm (18.5 hours)
(See description for 6-A)

JAPANESE 7-A

(Prerequisite: Japanese 6 or equivalent)
Instructor: Akai
Wednesdays, 6/2 -8/4, 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Students will develop various interactive communication skills, including the use of basic honorific expressions.
Text: LEARN JAPANESE New College Text, Vol. III, second half.

JAPANESE 7-B

(meets twice a week, covers levels 7 & 8)
Instructor: Miyashita
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6/2 (Wed) -8/11 (no class 7/5), 6:10-8:00 pm (37 hours)
(See descriptions for 7-A and 8-A)

JAPANESE 7-C

(meets twice a week, covers levels 7 & 8)
Instructor: Aizawa
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6/3 (Thurs) -8/12 (no class 7/1), 4:00-5:50pm (37 hours)
(See descriptions for 7-A and 8-A)

JAPANESE 8-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 7 or equivalent)
Instructor: Akai
Fridays, 6/4-8/13 (no class 7/2), 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Grammatical points, such as potential, passive, and the use of honorific expressions, will be the focus of this course. Recognition of 200 kanji is expected.
Text: LEARN JAPANESE New College Text, Vol. IV, first half.

JAPANESE 9-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 8 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Mondays, 6/7-8/9 (no class 7/5) & Wed. 8/11, 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Students will continue to learn essential grammatical patterns, including causative expressions, to help achieve effective communication skills. Recognition of 250 kanji is expected. Enrollment in Kanji I course is recommended.
Text: LEARN JAPANESE New College Text, Vol. IV, second half.

JAPANESE 9-B

(Prerequisite: Japanese 8 or equivalent)
Instructor: Miyashita
Mondays, 6/7-8/9 (no class 7/5) & Wed. 8/11, 12:00-1:50 pm (18.5 hours)
(See descriptions for 9-A)

PLEASE NOTE: 
Classes on next page are designed to be taken repeatedly.
New students - please come to the Japan Society before you register and look at the course material for various courses to decide which course to take.
Continuing students and former students - please ask your teacher for advice as to which course you should take next. You are also encouraged to look at the course material for any course you are considering.

INTERMEDIATE SPEAKING & LISTENING A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or equivalent)
Instructor: Miyashita
Fridays, 6/4-8/13 (no class 7/2), 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Designed for those who have mastered basic grammar and sentence patterns. Development of speaking and listening skills will be the focal point of classes at the Intermediate Level. Enrollment in the Kanji I course is recommended.

INTERMEDIATE SPEAKING & LISTENING B
(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or equivalent)
Instructor: Miyashita
Wednesdays, 6/2-8/4, 12:00-1:50pm (18.5 hours)
(See description for Intermediate Speaking & Listening A)

JAPANESE IN ANIME A

(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or equivalent)
Instructor: Noguchi
Fridays, 6/4-8/13 (no class 7/2), 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
This new class is at the same level as Intermediate Speaking and Listening. Anime and manga will be used as windows into the culture of Japan. The first half of the class will be spent studying some works. The second half will be discussion and conversation practice using the expressions learned in the first half.

JAPANESE 10-A

(Prerequisite: Int. Speaking & Listening or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Wednesdays, 6/2-8/4, 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Reading materials include short newspaper articles and stories. Listening comprehension is improved by the use of tele-vision programs and audio tapes. Speaking is emphasized through discussion, role-playing, and short, informal speeches. Writing is also encouraged. Recognition of 350 kanji is expected. Enrollment in Kanji courses is recommended.

JAPANESE 10-B
(Prerequisite: Int. Speaking & Listening or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Fridays, 6/4-8/13 (no class 7/2), 12:00-1:50 pm (18.5 hours)
(See description for 10-A)

JAPANESE 11-A

(Prerequisite: Japanese 10 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Tuesdays, 6/8-8/10, 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Television programs, short stories and current events from Japanese newspapers and magazines will be discussed.  Students will be asked to express their opinions on a wide range of subjects. Recognition of 500 kanji is expected.
Enrollment in Kanji courses is highly recommended.

JAPANESE 12-A
(Prerequisite: At least five years background in Japanese)
Instructor: Aizawa
Thursdays, 6/3-8/12 (no class 7/1), 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Current events from Japanese newspapers and magazines, as well as novels, TV news and movies, will be used to help build up useful expressions and idioms. Discussion and short speeches will be encouraged to promote oral communication.  Students should be able to recognize at least 800 kanji. Enrollment in Kanji courses is highly recommended.

KANJI I
(Prerequisite: Japanese 8 or higher)
Instructor: Hama
Wednesdays, 6/2-8/4, 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
This course is for students who want to master the essential kanji taught in Japan’s elementary schools. Students are expected to learn the “300-level” kanji, the focus of study being on the understanding of the basic radical systems.
The class is conducted almost entirely in Japanese.
Text: Basic Kanji Book I.

KANJI II

(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or Kanji I)
Instructor: Miyashita
Thursdays, 6/3-8/12 (no class 7/1), 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
This course is for students who have already mastered approximately 300 kanji. Students are expected to learn the “600 level” kanji, which are introduced by the first year of Japanese junior high school. The class is conducted in Japanese.
Text: Basic Kanji Book II.

KANJI III

(Prerequisite: Japanese 11 or Kanji II)
Instructor: Inkyo
Mondays, 6/7-8/9 (no class 7/5) & Wed. 8/11, 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
Students are expected to master the “1,500-level” kanji necessary to read Japanese newspapers, focusing on the key kanji introduced mainly in the second and third years of Japanese junior high school. The class is conducted in Japanese.
Text: Intermediate Kanji Book I 漢字 1000 Plus.

経済・ビジネス: Advanced Reading & Speaking I
(Prerequisite: Level 12 or higher)
Instructor: Miyashita
Tuesdays, 6/8-8/10, 6:10-8:00 pm (18.5 hours)
This special class is for advanced students who have an interest in Japanese business, economics, and society. This class will also cover the cultural aspects of business. Students will read and discuss the latest articles from the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei), Newsweek and Forbes (Japanese editions). In addition, NHK business news and drama videos will be used. Students should be familiar with the “1,200-level” kanji.

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