Late Summer Japanese: Levels 1, 2, & 10

Late Summer Japanese: Levels 1, 2, & 10

Course Descriptions

Japanese Level 1

(for beginning students with no background in Japanese)

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, 2 & 3)

Japanese Level 2

(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent; recognition of hiragana is expected.)

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) (Chapters 4 & 5).

Japanese Level 10 - Part 3

(Prerequisite: level 9 or equivalent)

This class follows level 9 in the progression from the Genki II textbook, continuing a formal study of Japanese grammar. More advanced grammar, vocabulary and kanji will be introduced over several semesters. A particular emphasis will be placed on speaking practice. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to move up to Level 11. (See note about Level 10 progression below) Required Text: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition), (Part 3: Lessons 9-12)

Please note: Level 10 is offered in 4 Parts: they can be taken in any order and each Part is separate and self-contained, e.g. taking Part 1 is not necessary before Part 2. All Parts are recommended at least once before moving to Level 11. Click here to see schedule of Level 10 Parts. If you have not taken a Level 10 course before and are hoping to work through the 4-part progression, we recommend starting during the 10-week semester and NOT this 5-week Late Spring semester. (Starting during a 10-week semester will provide an easier path through this level.)


9-Class 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).

Each class meets twice a week for a total of 18 hours of instruction. 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 Late Summer 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 to schedule.

For a printer friendly version of these courses, please click here: 2021 Late Summer Conversational Japanese Levels 1, 2, & 10 Course Info (PDF)

To see the schedule, please click here: 2021 Late Summer Schedule

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 9-lesson courses (not Keigo & Business) within the 2021 Late Summer semester only (includes Conversational Japanese and Japanese (numbered level) Courses.)

Registrants will receive a Welcome Email and Zoom link from on:

  • the afternoon of Friday, August 6, 2021 (for classes beginning on Monday, August 9, 2021)
  • the afternoon of Monday, August 9, 2021 (for classes beginning on Tuesday, August 10, 2021)

For more information, please email us at, 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. I also verify that the student taking this class is age 16 or older.

By registering for a course, I 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.

Required Textbooks

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 1 and 2 students:
GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese) 3rd Edition
published by The Japan Times | ISBN: 978-4789017305

*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.

Level 10 students:
An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition)
published by The Japan Times | ISBN: 9784789013079


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