LANGUAGE CENTER

Fall Japanese Courses: Levels 6-9

Fall Japanese Courses: Levels 6-9

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


Special Course: Intermediate Japanese with Anime
(Prerequisite: Japanese 5 or equivalent)
While introducing fundamental grammar, this class will look at the spoken expressions, vocabulary, slang, and onomatopoeia that commonly appear in anime. There will also be simple discussions about the story. This course is recommended for students considering Levels 6-9. Selected anime for this semester: Demon Slayer/Kimetsu no Yaiba: episodes 7-9. No textbook required.

Intermediate Japanese with Anime Mondays, 9/20 – 11/29 (no class 10/11), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Aizawa

 

Japanese Level 6
(Prerequisite: Japanese 5 or equivalent)
Students will learn how to use various modifying clauses to create complex sentences. Recognition of 100 kanji is expected. Required Text: Genki I, (Ch. 12) (purchase of Genki I textbook not required), Genki II, 3rd edition (Ch. 13-14).

6-A Wednesdays, 9/22 – 12/1 (no class 11/24), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Nakanishi
6-B Fridays, 9/24 – 12/3 (no class 11/26), 4-5:50 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Mori

 

Japanese Level 7
(Prerequisite: Japanese 6 or equivalent)
Students will be introduced to the volitional form, and will learn to describe the giving and receiving of services (instead of goods). The structure for reporting hearsay (sou desu) will be practiced. The tara variation of conditional sentence structures will be taught. Required Text: Genki II, (Ch. 15-17). See textbooks section for edition details.

7-A Fridays, 9/24 – 12/3 (no class 11/26), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Kitaura
7-B Fridays, 9/24 – 12/3 (no class 11/26), 12-1:50 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Shio

 

Japanese Level 7&8
(Prerequisite: Japanese 6 or equivalent)
This fast-track course covers Levels 7 & 8 in one semester. Students will be introduced to the volitional form, and will learn to describe the giving and receiving of services (instead of goods). The structure for reporting hearsay (sou desu) will be practiced. The tara variation of conditional sentence structures will be taught. Transitive and intransitive verbs will be compared extensively, and honorific verbs will be introduced. Hazudesu (supposed to be the case) will be taught. Students will practice “extra-modest expressions” followed by “humble expressions.” Students will also study how to include a question as a part of a longer sentence such as “Do you know when David will go to Japan?” Required Text: Genki II, (Ch. 15-20). See textbooks section for edition details.

7&8-A Wednesdays & Fridays, 9/22 – 12/3 (no class 11/24, 11/26), 6:30-8:20 pm (20 lessons) Instructor: Nakamura
7&8-B Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9/21 – 12/2 (no class 11/23, 11/25), 12-1:50 pm (20 lessons) CANCELLED
7&8-C Mondays & Wednesdays, 9/20 – 12/1 (no class 10/11, 11/24), 4-5:50 pm (20 lessons) Instructor: Kitaura

 

Japanese Level 8
Prerequisite: Japanese 7 or equivalent)
Transitive and intransitive verbs will be compared extensively, and honorific verbs will be introduced. Hazudesu (supposed to be the case) will be taught. Students will practice “extra-modest expressions” followed by “humble expressions.” Students will also study how to include a question as a part of a longer sentence such as “Do you know when David will go to Japan?” Required Text: Genki II, (Ch. 18-20). See textbooks section for edition details.

8-A Tuesdays, 9/21 – 11/30 (no class 11/23) 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Kakutani

 

Japanese Level 9
(Prerequisite: Japanese 8 or equivalent)
This is the last level in which students learn essential grammar. Students will learn passive and causative sentence patterns along with other expressions, such as ba, noni and temo, to achieve more effective communication skills. Required Text: Genki II, (Ch. 21-23). See textbooks section for edition details.

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

 

Please Note: Courses above Level 9, including the Conversation & Review, JLPT and Kanji courses, are designed to be taken repeatedly. Special topic courses may be offered at Level 10 and above. These topics will change/rotate periodically. Regular courses at Level 11 and above titled “Culture + Current Topics” will likely be offered every semester.

Conversation & Review
(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or equivalent)
This course is intended for students who have completed Level 9, but may not yet feel prepared for Level 10. Lessons will focus on developing Japanese speaking skills using essential grammar and sentences which were learned in the previous levels. During this course, students will learn new phrases and vocabulary, review grammar, and practice speaking drills, interactive dialogue exercises, and writing. Students will not only improve their spoken Japanese, but also learn appropriate manners for authentic Japanese contexts. This course will help prepare students to effectively engage with Japanese people when visiting Japan. No textbook required.

Conversation & Review-A: Mondays, 9/20 – 11/29 (no class 10/11), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Kobayashi
Conversation & Review-B: Tuesdays, 9/21 – 11/30 (no class 11/23), 12-1:50 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Kobayashi

 

Update for JLPT courses: The JLPT scheduled to take place on Dec. 5, 2021 has been cancelled at several sites. Therefore, each JLPT course has been modified to follow the summer version as below, covering both JLPT preparation and Kanji.

JLPT & Kanji N4
(Prerequisite: Japanese 8 or equivalent)
Students will focus on mastering approximately 300 kanji, with a focus on understanding the basic radical systems, as well as study other JLPT N4 content such as reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. This course is conducted almost entirely in Japanese. No textbook required.

JLPT & Kanji N4 Wednesdays, 9/22 – 12/1 (no class 11/24), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Hama

 

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.

Level 6:

GENKI II (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 2nd Edition or 3rd Edition published by The Japan Times 2nd Edition ISBN: 978-4789014434
3rd Edition ISBN: 978-4789017329

Students entering Level 6: 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 7, 7&8, 8, and 9:

GENKI II (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 2nd Edition or 3rd Edition published by The Japan Times 2nd Edition ISBN: 978-4789014434
3rd Edition ISBN: 978-4789017329

Students entering Levels 7-9: either the 2nd or 3rd Edition may be used for these courses. Note that the 3rd Edition is recommended as the improved textbook if you need to purchase a book.

Instructors

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