LANGUAGE CENTER

Fall Japanese Courses: Levels 1-5

Fall Japanese Courses: Levels 1-5

Course Information

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, all of 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).

Thirteen levels of Japanese are offered this fall, from beginner to advanced, emphasizing conversation, listening, reading and writing. Four JLPT prep courses and other specialized courses, such as Anime and Japan Right Now, are also offered.

These courses are structured for adults age 16 or older. (Please see Education or Kids & Family for offerings for younger students.)

New students with no previous background in Japanese should enroll in a Level 1 course (see Fall Japanese Level 1). Students with some background should refer to the 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.

For a printer friendly version of these courses, please click here: 2021 Fall Japanese Course Info (PDF)

To see the schedule, please click here: 2021 Fall Schedule

Course Descriptions & Schedule


Japanese Level 1
(for beginning students with no background in Japanese, meets once a week, covers level 1)
The course is designed to introduce elementary Japanese to students with no previous background in the language. Basic vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures will be taught in romaji (Japanese written phonetically in the Roman alphabet) so students can carry on a simple conversation. Hiragana and some introductory kanji will be introduced. Required Text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 1-3).

1-A and 1-B CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email language@japansociety.org or call 212-715-1269.

1-A Wednesdays, 9/22 – 12/1 (no class 11/24), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Shio
1-B Thursdays, 9/23 – 12/2 (no class 11/25), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Kurahara
1-C Wednesdays, 9/22 – 12/1 (no class 11/24), 12:00-1:50 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Ogino
1-D Mondays, 9/20 – 11/29 (no class 10/11), 4:00-5:50 pm (10 lessons) CANCELLED
1-E Fridays, 9/24 – 12/3 (no class 11/26), 4:00-5:50 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Nakamura

 

Special Introductory Course: Casual Japanese with Anime
(for beginning students with no background in Japanese, meets once a week)
This course is an introduction to the Japanese language through various popular anime. Students will learn basic vocabulary, elementary conversation, and simple sentence structures. Selected anime for this semester: Demon Slayer/Kimetsu no Yaiba: episodes 1 and 2. The same content is taught every semester. No textbook required.

In this course, you will not learn Hiragana and all of the necessary grammar patterns from Level 1, so this course alone may not prepare you for Level 2. If you plan to continue to Level 2, we recommend that you take a Level 1 course. This course is roughly equivalent to the Casual Japanese with Anime taught by Aizaki-sensei in the 5-week semester.

Casual Japanese with Anime Thursdays, 9/23 – 12/2 (no class 11/25), 4:00-5:50 pm (10 lessons) CANCELLED

 

Japanese Level 1&2
(for beginning students with no background in Japanese, meets twice a week, covers levels 1 & 2)
This course progresses twice as quickly as Level 1, and is designed to introduce elementary Japanese to students with no previous background in the language. Basic vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures will be taught in romaji (Japanese written phonetically in the Roman alphabet) so students can carry on a simple conversation. Hiragana, katakana and kanji will be introduced. Required Text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 1-5).

1&2-A Mondays & Fridays, 9/20 – 12/3 (no class 10/11, 11/26), 6:30-8:20 pm (20 lessons) Instructor: Nakanishi
1&2-B Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/20 – 12/1 (no class 10/11, 11/24), 12:00-1:50 pm (20 lessons) Instructor: Kawaguchi
1&2-C Tuesdays & Fridays, 9/21 – 12/3 (no class 11/23, 11/26), 4:00-5:50 pm (20 lessons) Instructor: Nakanishi

 

Japanese Level 2
(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent; recognition of hiragana is expected; meets once a week)
Students will continue to actively participate in the process of acquiring beginners’ level language skills in basic Japanese. Katakana and more kanji will be introduced. Required Text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 4-5).

2-A CLASS FULL; to be added to the waitlist, please email language@japansociety.org or call 212-715-1269.

2-A Tuesdays, 9/21 – 11/30 (no class 11/23), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Shio
2-B Fridays, 9/24 – 12/3 (no class 11/26), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Yamaguchi
2-C Thursdays, 9/23 – 12/2 (no class 11/25), 12-1:50 pm (10 lessons) CANCELLED
2-D Mondays, 9/20 – 11/29 (no class 10/11), 4-5:50 pm (10 lessons) CANCELLED
2-E Wednesdays, 9/22 – 12/1 (no class 11/24), 4-5:50 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Mori

 

Japanese Level 3
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent, recognition of hiragana and some katakana is expected, meets once a week)
This course will focus on the introduction and use of the te forms of verbs, and students will continue to build upon their conversational skills and vocabulary. Required Text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 6-7).

3-A Mondays, 9/20 – 11/29 (no class 10/11), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Shio
3-B Tuesdays, 9/21 – 11/30 (no class 11/23), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Nakanishi
3-C Tuesdays, 9/21 – 11/30 (no class 11/23), 12-1:50 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Aizawa
3-D Thursdays, 9/23 – 12/2 (no class 11/25), 4-5:50 pm (10 lessons) CANCELLED

 

Japanese Level 3&4
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent, recognition of hiragana and some katakana is expected, meets twice a week)
This course progresses twice as quickly as Level 3, and will focus on the introduction and use of the te and nai forms of verbs, and students will continue to build upon their conversational skills and vocabulary. Students will practice the informal speech style in the present and past tenses. The ta form will be introduced, and students will learn to modify nouns with verbs, as well as practice phrases using to omoimasu (“I think”) and to iimasu (“he/she says”). Required Text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 6-9).

3&4-A Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/20 – 12/1 (no class 10/11, 11/24), 6:30-8:20 pm (20 lessons) Instructor: Kitaura
3&4-B Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/20 – 12/1 (no class 10/11, 11/24), 12-1:50 pm (20 lessons) Instructor: Shio

 

Japanese Level 4
(Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or equivalent, meets once a week)
Students will practice the informal speech style in the present and past tenses, and will learn the nai form of verbs. The ta form will be introduced, and students will learn to modify nouns with verbs, as well as practice phrases using to omoimasu (“I think”) and to iimasu (“he/she says”). Required Text: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 8-9).

4-A Mondays, 9/20 – 11/29 (no class 10/11), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Mori
4-B Thursdays, 9/23 – 12/2 (no class 11/25), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) CANCELLED
4-C Wednesdays, 9/22 – 12/1 (no class 11/24), 12-1:50 pm (10 lessons) CANCELLED

 

Japanese Level 5
(Prerequisite: Japanese 4 or equivalent, meets once a week)
Students will learn various usages of the ta form, and comparative sentence patterns will be introduced. Required Text: Genki I, (Ch. 10-11). See textbooks section for edition details.

5-A Wednesdays, 9/22 – 12/1 (no class 11/24), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Mori
5-B Thursdays, 9/23 – 12/2 (no class 11/25), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Mori
5-C Mondays, 9/20 – 11/29 (no class 10/11), 12-1:50 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Mori
5-D Thursdays, 9/23 – 12/2 (no class 11/25), 4-5:50 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Mori

 

Japanese Level 5&6
(Prerequisite: Japanese 4 or equivalent meets twice a week
This course progresses twice as quickly as Level 5. Students will learn various usages of the ta form, and comparative sentence patterns will be introduced. Students will learn how to use various modifying clauses to create complex sentences. Required Text: Genki I, 2nd Edition (Ch. 10-12), Genki II, 3rd Edition (Chapters 13-14).

5&6-A Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9/21 – 12/2 (no class 11/23, 11/25), 6:30-8:20 pm (20 lessons) Instructor: Nakamura
5&6-B Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/20 – 12/1 (no class 10/11, 11/24), 12-1:50 pm (20 lessons) Instructor: Kitaura
5&6-C Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/20– 12/1 (no class 10/11, 11/24), 4-5:50 pm (20 lessons) CANCELLED

Tuition

10-Lesson Courses (Early Registration Discount through Aug. 31)

Members
$270
Non-members
$310

10-Lesson Courses (Regular Pricing from Sept. 1)

Members
$280
Non-members
$320

20-Lesson Courses (Early Registration Discount through Aug. 31)

Members
$460
Non-members
$520

20-Lesson Courses (Regular Pricing from Sept. 1)

Members
$470
Non-members
$540

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 10-lesson courses (not Keigo & Business) within the 2021 Fall semester only.

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 (recommended) or by phone only, and we are only taking payment in the form of credit or debit cards (no checks or cash). Acceptance will be acknowledged by email.

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 10-lesson courses (not Keigo & Business) within the 2021 Fall semester only.

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

  • the afternoon of Friday, September 17 (for classes beginning on Monday, September 20)
  • the afternoon of Monday, September 20 (for classes beginning on Tuesday, September 21)
  • the afternoon of Tuesday, September 21 (for classes beginning on Wednesday, September 22)
  • the afternoon of Wednesday, September 22 (for classes beginning on Thursday, September 23)
  • the afternoon of Thursday, September 23 (for classes beginning on Friday, September 24)

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: Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable (including for credit) for any reason after 12 pm, the business day before your class starts. All refunds are subject to a $20 service charge, including those requested by the deadline date above. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Please note that cancellations are accepted by phone. Cancellations via email are not accepted. Japan Society reserves the right to cancel any course if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such a case, students already enrolled will receive full refunds. You also verify that the student taking this class is age 16 or older.

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

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.

Textbooks

The following textbooks are required. Until further notice, textbooks are not available for purchase at the Language Center. Please purchase your book in advance from an outside vendor. Either a digital or print textbook is fine.

Levels 1, 1&2, and 2 students:

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 3rd Edition published by The Japan Times ISBN: 978-4789017305

For students entering Levels 1, 1&2, or 2, we strongly recommend purchasing the 3rd Edition. Please note that the 2nd Edition has some differences, including page numbers, examples, etc., and is not recommended for this reason.


Levels 3, 3&4, 4, and 5&6 students:

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 3rd Edition published by The Japan Times ISBN: 978-4789017305

For students entering Levels 3, 3&4, 4, and 5&6 that already have the 2nd Edition of Genki I, this is not the ideal edition for this course. The 2nd Edition has some differences, including page numbers, examples, etc., which is why we recommend purchasing the 3rd edition.


Level 5 students:

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 2nd Edition or 3rd Edition published by The Japan Times 2nd Edition ISBN: 978-4789014403
3rd Edition ISBN: 978-4789017305

Students entering Level 5: either the 2nd or 3rd Edition may be used for these courses. Note that the 3rd Edition is recommended as the improved textbook, but the majority of your classmates will be using the 2nd Edition.

Instructors

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