LANGUAGE CENTER

Fall Japanese - Special Courses

Fall Japanese - Special Courses

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 & Kanji 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 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: TBA. 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

 

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: TBA. 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

 

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

 

Special Topic: Japanese Level 10
(Prerequisite: Japanese level 9 or equivalent)
This class will reveal current Japanese society and language by exploring only the latest news in Japan every week. Students will first read articles written in simpler Japanese and actively discuss them. Having understood the basic concept, students will then take the challenge of reading the original articles written with sophisticated vocabulary and grammar for a native-speaking audience. There will also be listening exercises through video and audio clips. No Textbook Required.

This class is ideal if you want to reinforce any of the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary building (including very advanced-level words)
  • Kanji building and refresher
  • Listening comprehension
  • Discussion skill
  • Learning about Japanese society

10-F: Japan Right Now Wednesdays, 9/22 – 12/1 (no class 11/24), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Kurahara
10-G: Japan Right Now Thursdays, 9/23 – 12/2 (no class 11/25), 12-1:50 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Kurahara

 

Special Topic: Keigo & Business
(For students who have taken Level 10 several times, or above. 5 classes each)
These two courses will cover conversational keigo useful for business settings and speaking to one’s superiors. No textbook required.

Keigo & Business: Fundamentals
(For students who have taken Level 10 several times, or above.)
Starting with a review of keigo, self-introductions and greetings, students will also study:

  • パーティーへの招待   /    invitations to parties
  • 目上の人へ質問    /   asking questions to superiors
  • 上司や取引先に許可を求める    /    getting permission/authorization from your boss and clients
  • 上司や取引先に失礼のないように断る    /    politely refusing offers from your boss and clients

Speech patterns will be practiced using example situations. Students will be guided to recognize commonly made mistakes, and students will also practice writing simple emails.

Keigo & Business: Fundamentals Wednesdays, 9/22 – 10/20, 6:30-8:20 pm (5 lessons) Instructor: Kakutani

Keigo & Business: Part 2
(For students who have taken Level 10 several times, or above. Prerequisite: Keigo & Business: Fundamentals)
Students will study:

  • アポイントをとる。変更する   /   making an appointment/asking to change the date or time
  • もうしでる   /    offering help
  • おわびする    /   expressing apologies
  • 意見をいう   /   expressing opinion
  • 喜んでもらう   /    complimenting/ congratulating

Keigo & Business: Part 2 Wednesdays, 10/27 – 12/1 (no class 11/24), 6:30-8:20 pm (5 lessons) Instructor: Kakutani

 

Special Topic: Japanese Level 11
(Prerequisite: minimum of four semesters of Japanese 10 (textbook course) or equivalent)
Learning vocabulary and grammar is important, but these alone are not enough to understand what Japanese people say. Oftentimes that missing piece is idioms. Native speakers use a number of idiomatic expressions in their everyday speech and writing. Some are similar to English (壁に耳あり障子に目あり Walls have eyes), while others are completely unique (石橋を叩いて渡る Knocking on a strong stone bridge before crossing it, i.e. Being excessively cautious). In this class, students will be introduced to a variety of idioms and proverbs such as 慣用句 idioms、ことわざ proverbs、and 四字熟語 4-character idioms that are ubiquitous in Japanese conversation. Learning these expressions will significantly expand the range of emotions, actions, and situations that a student can understand and express in Japanese. No textbook required.

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

11-C: Japanese Idioms Mondays, 9/20 – 11/29 (no class 10/11), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Kurahara
11-D: Japanese Idioms Tuesdays, 9/21 – 11/30 (no class 11/23), 12-1:50 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Kurahara

 

Special Topic: Japanese Level 12
(Prerequisite: Japanese 11 or equivalent)
Students will watch episodes of a Japanese TV series and actively discuss the themes, language nuances, and specific cultural references. Non-traditional aspects such as slang and regionalisms will be analyzed in detail. No textbook required.

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

 

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

 

JLPT & Kanji N3
(Prerequisite: Japanese 9 or equivalent)
Students will focus on mastering approximately 380 new kanji (680 in total) and radical systems, as well as study other JLPT N3 content such as reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. This course is conducted in Japanese.No textbook required.

JLPT & Kanji N3 Tuesdays, 9/21 – 11/30 (no class 11/23), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Hama

 

JLPT & Kanji N2
(Prerequisite: Japanese 11 or equivalent)
Students will focus on mastering approximately 500 new kanji (1,180 in total), as well as study other JLPT N2 content such as reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. This course is conducted in Japanese. No textbook required.

JLPT & Kanji N2 Fridays, 9/24 – 12/3 (no class 11/26), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Aizawa

 

JLPT & Kanji N1
(Prerequisite: Japanese 12 or equivalent)
Students will focus on mastering approximately 950 new kanji (2,000 in total), as well as study other JLPT N1 content such as reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. This course is conducted in Japanese. No textbook required.

JLPT & Kanji N1 Fridays, 9/24 – 12/3 (no class 11/26), 6:30-8:20 pm (10 lessons) Instructor: Kakutani

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

5 Lesson Courses (Each Keigo & Business Course)

Members
$160
Non-members
$180

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

There are currently no required textbooks for the special topic courses.

Instructors

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