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2022 Winter 5-Week Conversational Japanese

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December 12, 2022—January 18, 2023
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Course Information

Please Note: These courses will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET).

This curriculum is conversation-intensive, with the aim of strengthening the student’s ability to communicate effectively in social situations. The course materials will emphasize vocabulary and grammar that are useful in everyday activities. Using the Marugoto textbooks, the priority is to practice language used in real-life situations, and grammar is taught through meaningful context rather than targeted study.

Most classes meet twice a week for a total of 18 hours of instruction (only C 1, C 2, and C 13 meet once a week, for 10 hours total). Students must be 16 or older to register for the class. (For younger students, please see Japanese for Youth: Ages 12 to 15 on the Language Center page.)

New students with no previous background in Japanese should enroll in a Level 1 course (See Winter 5-Week Japanese Level 1). Students with some background should refer to the Conversational Level Guide or course textbooks to determine the most appropriate class. There is no placement exam. If you are still not sure of your level, it may be possible to schedule a level assessment by phone with the Director. Please email language@japansociety.org to schedule. 

If you are unsure of which Conversational level is right for you, please take a look at the sample materials for each class linked in the course descriptions.

For a printer friendly version of these courses, please click here: 2022 Winter 5-Week Conversational Japanese Course Info (PDF)

Tuition

9-Lesson courses:
Japan Society members: $290
Non-members: $330

5-Lesson courses:
Japan Society members: $165
Non-members: $185

Course Descriptions

Conversation: C 1

Conversation: C 1

For students who have finished Level 1 of our Japanese Courses, or equivalent.

Elementary social/situational conversation skills will be introduced. This course covers the first portion of the textbook (Topics 1-6).

Required Textbook: Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Starter (A1) Katsudoo; See Table of contents and Sample.

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
C 1, Section A
(Online)
Tuesdays
Dec. 13—Jan. 17 (no class 12/27)
6:30-8:30 pm
5 lessons
Mori
C 1, Section B
(Online)
Tuesdays
Dec. 13—Jan. 17 (no class 12/27)
12-2 pm
5 lessons
Mori

Conversation: C 2

Conversation: C 2

For students who have finished Level 2 of our Japanese Courses, or equivalent.

Students will learn more social/situational conversational skills. This course covers the second portion of the textbook (Topics 7-9).

Required Textbook: Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Starter (A1) Katsudoo. See Table of contents and Sample.

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
C 2, Section A
(Online)
Wednesdays
Dec. 14—Jan. 18 (no class 12/28)
6:30-8:30 pm
5 lessons
Mori

Conversation: C 3-4

Conversation: C 3-4

For students who have finished Level 3 or 4 of our Japanese Courses, or equivalent, and feel confident with Level 3 content/grammar. This class will be a nice challenge for the student who has just finished Level 3, and more comfortable for those who have finished Level 4. If you are not confident in Level 3 patterns, C 2 may be a better conversational course for you.

The course will focus on skills needed to survive in Japan. Frequently used expressions will be practiced in context. The course is taught in two parts (odd lessons and even lessons); the odd lessons of the textbook will be covered this semester.

Required Textbook: Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Elementary 1 (A2) Katsudoo. See Table of contents and Sample.

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
C 3-4, Section A
(Online)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dec. 13—Jan. 17 (no class 12/27, 12/29)
6:30-8:30 pm
9 lessons
Kitaura
C 3-4, Section B
(Online)
Mondays & Wednesdays
Dec. 12—Jan. 18 (no class 12/26, 12/28, 1/16)
12-2 pm
9 lessons
Kitaura

Conversation: C 5-6

Conversation: C 5-6

For students who have finished Level 5 or 6 of our Japanese Courses, or equivalent, and feel confident with Level 5 content/grammar. This class will be a nice challenge for the student who has just finished Level 5, and more comfortable for those who have finished Level 6. If you are not confident in Level 5 patterns, C 3-4 may be a better conversational course for you.

The course will focus on strengthening speaking skills by having students engage in various exercises. Frequently used expressions will be practiced in context. The course is taught in two parts (odd lessons and even lessons); the odd lessons of the textbook will be covered this Winter semester.

Required Textbook: Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Elementary 2 (A2) Katsudoo. See Table of contents and Sample.

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
C 5-6, Section A
(Online)
Mondays & Wednesdays
Dec. 12—Jan. 18 (no class 12/26, 12/28, 1/16)
6:30-8:30 pm
9 lessons
Kitaura
C 5-6, Section B
(Online)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dec. 13—Jan. 17 (no class 12/27, 12/29)
12-2 pm
9 lessons
Kitaura

Conversation: C 7-8

Conversation: C 7-8

For students who have finished Level 7 or 8 of our Japanese Courses, or equivalent, and feel confident with Level 7 content/grammar. This class will be a nice challenge for the student who has just finished Level 7, and more comfortable for those who have finished Level 8. If you are not confident in Level 7 patterns, C 5-6 may be a better conversational course for you.

The course will focus on activities in various situations and language structures (e.g. sentence patterns) which support communication. The course is taught in two parts (odd lessons and even lessons); the odd lessons of the textbook will be covered this Winter semester.

Required Textbook: Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Pre-Intermediate A2/B1. See Table of contents and Sample.

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
C 7-8, Section A
(Online)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dec. 13—Jan. 17 (no class 12/27, 12/29)
6:30-8:30 pm
9 lessons
Kakutani
C 7-8, Section B
(Online)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dec. 13—Jan. 17 (no class 12/27, 12/29)
12-2 pm
9 lessons
Kakutani

Conversation: C 9-10

Conversation: C 9-10

Recent Prerequisite Change: For students who have finished Level 9, or are taking or finished level 10 of our Japanese Courses, or equivalent, and feel confident with Level 9 content/grammar. This class will be a nice challenge for the student who has just finished Level 9, and more comfortable for those at a higher level. If you are not confident in Level 9 patterns, C 7-8 may be a better conversational course for you.

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. The course is taught in two parts, first and second half. The second half will be covered this semester.

No textbook required.  See Sample here.

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
C 9-10, Section A
(Online)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dec. 13—Jan. 17 (no class 12/27, 12/29)
6:30-8:30 pm
9 lessons
Kurahara
C 9-10, Section B
(Online)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dec. 13—Jan. 17 (no class 12/27, 12/29)
12-2 pm
9 lessons
Kurahara

Conversation: C 11-12

Conversation: C 11-12

Recent Prerequisite Change: For students who have finished at least one semester of Level 11 and are conversationally fluent at that level of our Japanese Courses or higher. If you are not confident in Level 11, C 9-10 may be a better conversational course for you.

Students will study and discuss various Japanese cultural topics, including social media. New vocabulary and expressions will be introduced. The course is repeatable, and will cover different content every semester.

No textbook required. Sample coming soon.

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
C 11-12, Section A
(Online)
Mondays & Wednesdays
Dec. 12—Jan. 18 (no class 12/26, 12/28, 1/16)
6:30-8:30 pm
9 lessons
Aizawa
C 11-12, Section B
(Online)
Mondays & Wednesdays
Dec. 12—Jan. 18 (no class 12/26, 12/28, 1/16)
12-2 pm
9 lessons
Aizawa

Conversation: C 13

Conversation: C 13 – New Level

For students who have finished at least one semester of Level 13 (and are conversationally fluent at that level) of our Japanese Courses or higher, and have passed JLPT N2 or equivalent knowledge. Students should recognize at least 1,200 kanji. If you are not sure, please contact the office to schedule a level assessment.


実際の日本の番組をみながら、実用的な慣用句、表現、生きた日本語の習得を目指す最上級者向けコースです。

さすが上級者!と言われるような洗練されたカッコいい日本語を会話で使いこなしてみませんか。


The course is repeatable and will cover different content every semester.

No textbook required. Sample coming soon.

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
C 13, Section A
(Online)
Thursdays
Dec. 15—Jan. 19 (no class 12/26)
* This course ends on Thursday, Jan. 19.
6:30-8:30 pm
5 lessons
Aizawa

How to Register

Classes fill up quickly! To guarantee a seat in the class, please register as soon as possible.

At the moment, registration is accepted online (preferred) or by phone only at (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293.

To purchase or renew a membership, please visit the Membership page and pay online. Or, call 212-715-1270 and leave a message; they will get back to you.

To enroll in two or more courses at the combined discount, please call (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293. Discount is applicable when enrolling in two or more 9-lesson courses within the 2022 Winter semester only (includes Conversational Japanese and Japanese Courses.)

Registrants will receive a Welcome Email and Zoom link from language_inquiries@japansociety.org on:

  • the afternoon of Fri., Dec. 9, 2022 (for classes beginning on Mon., Dec. 12, 2022)
  • the afternoon of Mon., Dec. 12, 2022 (for classes beginning on Tues., Dec. 13, 2022)
  • the afternoon of Tues., Dec. 13, 2022 (for C 2, Section A beginning on Wed., Dec. 14, 2022)
  • the afternoon of Wed., Dec. 14, 2022 (for C 13, Section A beginning on Thurs., Dec. 15, 2022)

For more information, please email us at language@japansociety.org, or call (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293. Please note that while we are working remotely, we may not always be reachable by phone.

Please Note

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted until 12 pm ET, the business day before a course or workshop begins. With a cancellation, a refund of tuition minus a service charge ($20 for courses, $5 for workshops) will be provided. After this deadline, cancellations are not accepted.

Cancellations are accepted by phone only. We do not accept email cancellations.

Japan Society also reserves the right to cancel any course or workshop if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such cases, students already enrolled will receive full refunds (no service charge).

By registering for a course, you accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.

Students must be age 16 or older.

We do not record these classes, and recording of these classes is prohibited. If a student misses a class, it may be possible to arrange a make-up class in the same semester, if available. More information will be provided in the Welcome Email.

If you need to switch to a different level after your course has begun, it may be possible pending availability and may only be done within the same semester. Please contact the office.

Required Textbooks

Textbooks are available for purchase and pick-up at Japan Society during select hours on weekdays. Please contact the Language Center office (preferably in advance) for purchase and to arrange pick-up.

Otherwise, please purchase your book in advance from an outside vendor. Either a digital or print textbook is fine.

C 1 and C 2 students:
Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Starter (A1) Katsudoo
by Japan Foundation | ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2

Price at Japan Society: $22

C 3-4 students:


Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Elementary 1 (A2) Katsudoo
by Japan Foundation | ISBN: 978-4-384-05754-6

Price at Japan Society: $27

C 5-6 students:

Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Elementary 2 (A2) Katsudoo
by Japan Foundation | ISBN: 978-4-384-05756-0

Price at Japan Society: $27

C 7-8 students
Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1)
by Japan Foundation | ISBN: 978-4-384-05758-4

Not available at Japan Society

C 9-10, C 11-13, and C 13 Students: No required textbook.

Instructors

All of the Language Center’s instructors are native Japanese speakers with extensive teaching experience. For more information about our instructors, please see the Instructors & Staff page.