Language Center

Fall 2010 Japanese


Tuition:
Japan Society members:
$250 (18.5 hours of instruction),
$440 (37 hours of instruction)
Non-members:
$290 (18.5 hours of instruction),
$490 (37 hours of instruction)
*For tuition discount, please contact Reiko Sassa at 212-715-1256.

Course Descriptions (PDF)
Registration Form (PDF)

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JAPANESE 1-A
(for beginning students, meets twice a week, covers levels 1 & 2)
Instructor: Matsumoto
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/27-12/8
(no class10/11, 11/24), 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: Akai
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9/28-12/9
(no class 11/23, 11/25), 6:10-8:00 pm (37 hours)
(See description for 1-A)

JAPANESE 1-C
(for beginning students, meets twice a week, covers levels 1 & 2)
Instructor: Nishizaki
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/27-12/8
(no class10/11, 11/24), 12:00-1:50 pm (37 hours)
(See description for 1-A)

JAPANESE 1-D
(for beginning students, meets twice a week, covers levels 1 & 2)
Instructor: Miyashita
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9/28-12/9
(no class 11/23, 11/25), 4:00-5:50 pm (37 hours)
(See description for 1-A)

JAPANESE 2-A

(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Mondays, 9/27-12/6
(no class 10/11), 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: Hama
Fridays, 10/1-12/10
(no class 11/26), 4:00-5:50 pm (18.5 hours)
(See description for 2-A)

JAPANESE 3-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Tuesdays, 9/28-12/7
(no class 11/23), 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: Kamimura
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9/28-12/9
(no class 11/23, 11/25), 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: Miyashita
Mondays & Thursdays, 9/27-12/9
(no class 10/11, 11/25), 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: Aizawa
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/27-12/8
(no class10/11, 11/24), 4:00-5:50 pm (37 hours)
(See description for 3-A and 4-A)

JAPANESE 3-E
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Fridays, 10/1-12/10
(no class 11/26), 4:00-5:50 pm (18.5 hours)
(See description for 3-A)

JAPANESE 4-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Thursdays, 9/30-12/9
(no class 11/25), 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: Hama
Mondays, 9/27-12/6
(no class 10/11), 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: Miyashita
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/27-12/8
(no class10/11, 11/24), 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: Aizawa
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/27-12/8
(no class10/11, 11/24), 12:00-1:50pm (37 hours)
(See description for 5-A and 6-A)

JAPANESE 5-D

(Prerequisite: Japanese 4 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Tuesdays, 9/28-12/7
(no class 11/23), 4:00-5:50 pm (18.5 hours)

JAPANESE 6-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 5 or equivalent)
Instructor: Aizawa
Fridays, 10/1-12/10
(no class 11/26), 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 7-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 6 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Wednesdays, 9/29-12/8
(no class 11/24), 6:10-8:00 pm (37 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: Hama
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9/28-12/9
(no class 11/23, 11/25), 12:00-1:50pm (37 hours)
(See descriptions for 7-A and 8-A)

JAPANESE 7-C

(meets twice a week, covers levels 7 & 8)
Instructor: Miyashita
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/27-12/8
(no class10/11, 11/24), 4:00-5:50 pm (37 hours)
(See descriptions for 7-A and 8-A)

JAPANESE 8-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 7 or equivalent)
Instructor: Akai
Wednesdays, 9/29-12/8
(no class 11/24), 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: Akai
Fridays, 10/1-12/10
(no class 11/26), 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: Aizawa
Thursdays, 9/30-12/9
(no class 11/25), 4:00-5:50 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.

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, 10/1-12/10
(no class 11/26), 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, 9/29-12/8
(no class 11/24), 12:00-1:50 pm (18.5 hours)
(See description for Intermediate Speaking & Listening A)

JAPANESE IN ANIME A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or equivalent)
Instructor: Matsumoto
Fridays, 10/1-12/10
(no class 11/26), 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, 9/29-12/8
(no class 11/24), 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, 10/1-12/10
(no class 11/26), 12:00-1:50 pm (18.5 hours)
(See description for 10-A)

JAPANESE 11-A
(Prerequisite: Japanese 10 or equivalent)
Instructor: Hama
Fridays, 10/1-12/10
(no class 11/26), 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 wide ranging 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, 9/30-12/9
(no class 11/25), 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
Tuesdays, 9/28-12/7
(no class 11/23), 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, 9/30-12/9
(no class 11/25), 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, 9/27-12/6
(no class 10/11), 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.

経済・ビジネス: Advanced Reading & Speaking I

(Prerequisite: Level 12 or higher)
Instructor: Miyashita
Tuesdays, 9/28-12/7
(no class 11/23), 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.

Instructors:
All of the Society's instructors are native Japanese with extensive experience.

Ms. Yuko Aizawa has taught at the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, Japan and at the Royal Hawaiian Academy in the United States. She has been an instructor at the Toyota Language Center since 1994.

Ms. Reiko Akai has a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, and has worked in the private sector in Japan. She has taught Japanese in Japan, and has been a private tutor of Japanese in the United States for five years.

Ms. Keiko Hama has taught Japanese in Germany and the US for over ten years. She received her Master’s Degree in Japanese Sociology and Linguistics at the University of Heidelberg. Since then, she has been an interpreter, translator and Japanese teacher in the private and public sectors.

Ms. Masako Inkyo has a university degree in Japanese Calligraphy and a license to teach literature in Middle and High School. She is a member of the three largest shodō professional associations in Japan. She has received many awards, including first prizes in both shodō and pen calligraphy and kanji in national competitions sponsored by the Ministry of Education.

Ms. Tomoyo Kamimura
holds Bachelor’s degree from Waseda University, MA in Linguistics from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Columbia University. She has been teaching Japanese at colleges and universities both in the US and Japan for over ten years. Currently she serves as a full-time faculty member at The New School's Foreign Language Department.

Ms. Mayumi Matsumoto has a master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University and has taught at many institutions, including Rutgers University.

Ms. Mami Miyashita earned a Japanese Teaching License in Japan, a certificate of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree from West Chester University. She has been involved with foreign language education for more than nineteen years, most recently at the University of Delaware from 1999 to 2005.

Ms. Mutsuko Nishizaki graduated from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University with a Bachelor of Science and earned an MA specializing in TESOL at New York University. She has been involved in foreign language education in New Jersey

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