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SPRING 2014 JAPANESE COURSES

Tuition:
10 lessons
Non-members: $300
Japan Society members: $260* Become a member

20 lessons**
Non-members: $500
Japan Society members: $450*

Registration is closed.

*For tuition discount, please contact the Toyota Language Center at 212-715-1256.
**if you would like to register for two 10-lesson Japanese courses, we can do so at the total tuition of $500/$450. To receive this discount, please call the office at 212-715-1256 instead of registering online.

For more details, please email us at register at language_inquiries@japansociety.org. You may register online, or to register by phone with a credit card, please call either (212) 715-1256 or (212) 715-1293, or fax the Registration Form (PDF) below to (212) 715-1279.

Course Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)


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REGISTRATION OPENS DECEMBER 16.

NEW!! Some levels have been renumbered and specialized courses have been added. The Intermediate Level has been renamed Level 10; former Levels 10, 11, & 12 have been renamed 11, 12, & 13, respectively. Please carefully review the descriptions of the levels of interest to you.

JAPANESE 1-A

(for beginning students, meets once a week, covers levels 1)
Instructor: Akai
Thursdays, 2/6-4/10, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
Basic vocabulary, elementary conversation and simple sentence structure will be taught in Romaji (Japanese written phonetically in the Roman alphabet). Hiragana (a Japanese syllabary) 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
Mondays & Wednesdays, 2/3-4/14 (no class 2/17), 6:10-8:00 pm (20 lessons)
(See description for 1-A and 2-A)

JAPANESE 1-C
(for beginning students, meets once a week, covers levels 1)
Instructor: Nakanishi
Fridays, 2/7-4/11, 12:00-1:50 pm (10 lessons)
(See description for 1-A)

JAPANESE 1-D

(for beginning students, meets twice a week, covers levels 1 & 2)
Instructor: Nakazawa
Mondays & Wednesdays, 2/3-4/14 (no class 2/17), 4:00-5:50 pm (20 lessons)
(See description for 1-A and 2-A)

JAPANESE 2-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent)
Instructor: Kamimura
Tuesdays, 2/4-4/8, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
Students must recognize Hiragana.
Text: JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE, Vol. I (from lesson 8).

JAPANESE 2-B

(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent)
Instructor: Nakazawa
Thursdays, 2/6-4/10, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
(See description for 2-A)

JAPANESE 2-C
(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent)
Instructor: Nakanishi
Thursdays, 2/6-4/10, 12:00-1:50 pm (10 lessons)
(See description for 2-A)

New Class!! JAPANESE 2/3-D : Conversation
(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or 2 or equivalent)
Instructor: Akai
Tuesdays, 2/4-4/8, 4:00-5:50 pm (10 lessons)
This course may be taken concurrently with Japanese Level 2 or Level 3. The class will focus on situational conversation, such as will be useful in daily life.

JAPANESE 3-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Mondays, 2/3-4/14 (no class 2/17), 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
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: Akai
Mondays & Wednesdays, 2/3-4/14 (no class 2/17), 6:10-8:00 pm (20 lessons)
(See description for 3-A and 4-A)
 
JAPANESE 3-C
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent)
Instructor: Kurahara
Fridays, 2/7-4/11, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
(See description for 3-A)

JAPANESE 3-D
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent)
Instructor: Miyashita
Mondays, 2/3-4/14 (no class 2/17), 12:00-1:50 pm (10 lessons)
(See description for 3-A)

JAPANESE 4-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or equivalent)
Instructor: Miyashita
Thursdays, 2/6-4/10, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
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 4-B
(Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or equivalent)
Instructor: Omori
Tuesdays, 2/4-4/8, 4:00-5:50 pm (10 lessons)
(See description for 4-A)

JAPANESE 5-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 4 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Tuesdays, 2/4-4/8, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
The “ta” form will be introduced, and 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, 2/4-4/10, 12:00-1:50 pm (20 lessons)
(See descriptions for 5-A and 6-A)

JAPANESE 6-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 5 or equivalent)
Instructor: Nakazawa
Tuesdays, 2/4-4/8, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
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: Hama
Wednesdays, 2/5-4/9, 12:00-1:50 pm (10 lessons)
(See description for 6-A)

JAPANESE 7-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 6 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Fridays, 2/7-4/11, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
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: Nakazawa
Mondays & Wednesdays, 2/3-4/14 (no class 2/17), 6:10-8:00 pm (20 lessons)
(See description for 7-A and 8-A)

JAPANESE 7-C
(meets twice a week, covers levels 7 & 8)
Instructor: Nakazawa
Mondays & Thursdays, 2/3-4/14 (no class 2/17), 12:00-1:50 pm (20 lessons)
(See description for 7-A and 8-A)

JAPANESE 8-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 7 or equivalent)
Instructor: Nakazawa
Fridays, 2/7-4/11, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
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: Akai
Tuesdays, 2/4-4/8, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
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
(meets twice a week, covers levels 9 & 10)
(Prerequisite: Japanese 8 or equivalent)
Instructor: Akai
Mondays& Wednesdays, 2/3-4/14 (no class 2/17), 12:00-1:50 pm (20 lessons)
(See description for 9-A and 10-B)

JAPANESE 9-C
(Prerequisite: Japanese 8 or equivalent)
Instructor: Miyashita
Wednesdays, 2/5-4/9, 4:00-5:50 pm (10 lessons)
(See description for 9-A)

PLEASE NOTE: Courses above Level 9 are designed to be taken repeatedly.

NEW!!! The Intermediate Level has been renamed Level 10; former Levels 10, 11, &12 have been renamed Levels 11, 12, & 13, respectively. There are a few new additions as well. Please carefully review the descriptions of the levels of interest to you.

JAPANESE 10-A: SPEAKING & LISTENING
(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or equivalent)
Instructor: Miyashita
Tuesdays, 2/4-4/8, , 6:10-8:00 pm (10 classes)
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.

New Class!! JAPANESE 10-B: CONVERSATION
(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or equivalent)
Instructor: Akai
Fridays, 2/7-4/11, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 classes)
Grammar from previous levels will be reviewed. The main focus of the course will be conversation.

JAPANESE 10-C: SPEAKING & LISTENING
(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or equivalent)
Instructor: Miyashita
Wednesdays, 2/5-4/9, 12:00-1:50 pm (10 classes)
(See description for Japanese 10-A: Speaking & Listening)

New Class!! JAPANESE 10-D: KARAOKE
(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or equivalent)
Instructor: Miyashita
Mondays, 2/3-4/14 (no class 2/17), 4:00-5:50 pm (10 classes)
Each student will bring a song to every class. The grammar and vocabulary of the songs will be discussed; then the class will enjoy singing. This practice will lead to a deeper understanding of the songs’ meanings.

JAPANESE 11-A: CURRENT SOCIAL ISSUES & ENTERTAINMENT (former level 10)
(Prerequisite: Japanese 10 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Wednesdays, 2/5-4/9, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 classes)
Students will use real-life sources, somewhat modified, to begin building up a knowledge of current written and spoken Japanese. Vocabulary and common expressions will be emphasized. Students will begin to learn and discuss Japanese culture at a deeper level. Recognition of 500 kanji is expected. Enrollment in Kanji courses is recommended.

JAPANESE 11-B: CURRENT SOCIAL ISSUES & ENTERTAINMENT (former level 10)
(Prerequisite: Japanese 10 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Fridays, 2/7-4/11, 12:00-1:50 pm (10 classes)
(See description for 11-A)

New Class!! JAPANESE 12-A : CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE NOVELS (former level 11)
(Prerequisite: Japanese 11 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hamada
Wednesdays, 2/5-4/9, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
A single-book club, with an emphasis on reading and discussion using a popular Japanese novel. Comprehension of the storyline, culture, lifestyles and characters will be supplemented through watching the DVD version.

JAPANESE 12-B: CURRENT SOCIAL ISSUES & ENTERTAINMENT (former level 11)
(Prerequisite: Japanese 11 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Tuesdays, 2/4-4/8, 12:00-1:50 pm (10 lessons)
A continuation of Level 11. Sources will not be modified. Practice and discussion will center on assigned reading and various audio/visual sources. Recognition of 800 kanji is expected; Kanji II or III recommended.

JAPANESE 13-A: CURRENT SOCIAL ISSUES & ENTERTAINMENT (former level 12)
(Prerequisite: At least five years background in Japanese)
Instructor: Aizawa
Thursdays, 2/6-4/10, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
The highest level for conversation and reading. There will be extended discussions about current events from TV programs and articles to build up useful advanced vocabularies for oral communication. Movies and dramas will be used to learn current expressions and idioms. Students should recognize at least 1200 kanji; Kanji III highly recommended.

KANJI I
(Prerequisite: Japanese 8 or higher)
Instructor: Hama
Thursdays, 2/6-4/10, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 classes)
This course is for students who want to master the essential kanji taught in Japan’s elementary schools. Students are expected to learn the approximately 300 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, Vol. I.

KANJI II
(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or Kanji I)
Instructor: Miyashita
Fridays, 2/7-4/11, 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
This course is for students who have already mastered approximately 300 kanji. Students are expected to learn approximately 300 kanji, which are introduced by the first year of Japanese junior high school. The class is conducted in Japanese.
Text: Basic Kanji Book, Vol. II.

KANJI III
(Prerequisite: Japanese 12 or Kanji II)
Instructor: Inkyo
Mondays, 2/3-4/14 (no class 2/17), 6:10-8:00 pm (10 lessons)
Students are expected to master the 1,500 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, Vol. 1, 漢字 1000 Plus.

For more details, please email us at register at language_inquiries@japansociety.org. You may register online, or to register by phone with a credit card, please call either (212) 715-1256 or (212) 715-1293, or fax the Registration Form (PDF) below to (212) 715-1279.


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