2017 Late Spring Conversational JapaneseFor Beginner to Advanced Students
$260 Japan Society corporate and individual members* l Become a member
$300 Non-members *
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Course Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)
Classes fill up quickly! To guarantee a seat in the class, please register as soon as possible.
The curriculum is conversation-intensive, with the aim of strengthening the student’s ability to communicate effectively in social situations. The materials used will emphasize the vocabulary and grammar useful in everyday activities. Each class meets twice a week for a total of 18 hours of instruction.
Beginner Conversation: For students who have finished Level 1 or 2 of our regular Japanese Courses, or equivalent. For students with some background in Japanese. Some social/situational survival skills will also be introduced.
- Beg-A: Mondays & Wednesdays, April 17—May 15
6—8 PM Instructor: Nakamura
- Beg-B: Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 18—May 16
6—8 PM Instructor: Takeda
- Beg-C: Mondays & Wednesdays, April 17—May 15
12—2 PM Instructor: Nakamura
Advanced-Beginner Conversation: For students who have finished Level 3 or 4 of our regular Japanese Courses, or equivalent. The course will focus on skills needed to survive in Japan. Frequently used expressions will be practiced in context.
- AdvBeg-A: Mondays & Wednesdays, April 17—May 15
6—8 PM Instructor: Kurahara
- AdvBeg-B Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 18—May 16
12—2 PM Instructor: Kurahara
Intermediate Conversation: For students who have finished Level 5, 6 or 7 of our regular Japanese Courses, or equivalent. The course will focus on strengthening speaking skills by having students engage in various exercises.
- Int-A: Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 18—May 16
6—8 PM Instructor: Nakazawa
- Int-B: Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 18—May 16
12—2 PM Instructor: Nakazawa
Advanced-Intermediate Conversation: For students who have finished Level 8, 9 or 10 of our regular Japanese Courses, or equivalent. The course will emphasize role-playing by the students in different social and business situations. The focus will be on maintaining a conversation and learning and using situational vocabulary.
- AdvInt-A: Mondays & Wednesdays, April 17—May 15
6—8 PM Instructor: Miyashita
- AdvInt-B: Mondays & Wednesdays, April 17—May 15
12—2 PM Instructor: Miyashita
Advanced Conversation: For students who have finished Level 11 of our regular Japanese Courses and higher.
- Adv-A: Everyday Keigo Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 18—May 16
6—8 PM Instructor: Kurahara
This course provides conversational practice in different settings to master keigo, as well as common expressions and communication strategies used to speak Japanese at a fluent or native level.
- Adv-B: J-Drama Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 18—May 16
12—2 PM Instructor: Nakamura
Students will watch short dramas and discuss them. Emphasis will be on idiomatic and colloquial expressions.
All of the Language Center’s instructors are native Japanese with extensive experience.
Ms. Kazue Kurahara holds a BA from Hunter College and an MA in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and TESOL from NYU. She holds teaching certificates in both Japanese and ESL. She has taught Japanese at various institutions, including New York University, Hunter College, Pace University, and The New School. She is currently hosting Japan Society’s YouTube series "Uki Uki NihonGO! + Culture”.
Ms. Mami Miyashita earned a Japanese Teaching License in Japan, a certificate of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from West Chester University. She has worked in foreign language education for more than twenty years, including at the University of Delaware from 1999 to 2005.
Ms. Mari Nakamura has an MA in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and has taught Japanese for 25 years at universities including Harvard, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland. She has also taught at several Fortune 500 Corporations.
Ms. Kazuko Nakazawa has a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Literature from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University and is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program. She has taught Japanese privately and in an after-school program in Japan for three years, and privately in the United States for two years. She has been on Japan Society’s teaching staff since the summer of 2010.
Mr. Shuichiro Takeda received a BA in English and American Literature from Nanzan University in Nagoya and a BA in Psychology from Hunter College. He also holds a master’s degree in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He contributed to the establishment of a Japanese program for adults at Centre Japonais de Quebec in Quebec City as their first instructor, and continued to teach there until 2015. He currently teaches at Hunter College.
There is no required textbook for these courses. Handouts will be supplied in class.
Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable (including for credit) for any reason after 12 PM, the business day before your first class. All refunds, including those requested by the deadline date, are subject to a $20 service charge. Cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only; e-mail cancellations are not accepted.