Language Center

2020 Fall Weekend Japanese Courses

Saturdays & Sundays, October 31—November 22
1 – 3:30 PM

2020 Fall Weekend Japanese Courses

PLEASE NOTE: These courses will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need the use of a device with internet access, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Registrants will receive course information by email from on the afternoon of Friday, October 30, 2020, and the Zoom link will be sent by email by 10:30 AM ET the morning of your first class. Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET).


Members: $280
Non-members: $320

To become a Japan Society member (or to renew membership) and to register for a course online, please become a member first, and then click the register button to register for a course. 

NEW THIS SEMESTER: We highly recommend that you register online, if possible.

Students with credit:
please call the office at (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293.

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

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

New Language Center students with no previous background in Japanese should enroll in a Level 1 course. Students with some background should refer to the Level Guide (PDF) or course textbooks to determine the most appropriate class. There is no placement exam.

To register online, click "Register":

Course Information

The Japan Society Language Center is pleased to offer eight-day Weekend Japanese Courses. These courses are designed to teach beginners basic Japanese. They will be useful to people with weekday schedule conflicts, or those who were too late to register or missed too many of our regular weekday classes. Students can easily progress from these courses into our weekday courses. Students must be 16 years old or older to register for the classes.

All courses meet for eight days on four consecutive weekends: October 31, November 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm, with a 15 minute break included, for a total of 18 hours of instruction.

Weekend Japanese Course, Level 1                       Instructor: Mori    Instructor updated
(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. Text: *NEW* Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 1, 2 & 3)

Weekend Japanese Course, Level 2                       Instructor: Kitaura
(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. Text: Genki I, 2nd Edition (Chapters 4 & 5)

Weekend Japanese Course, Level 3                     Instructor: Nakamura
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent, recognition of hiragana and some katakana is expected)
This course 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. Text: Genki I, 2nd Edition (Chapters 6 & 7)

Weekend Japanese Course, Level 4                     Instructor: Kakutani    Instructor updated
(Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or equivalent)
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”). Text: Genki I, 2nd Edition (Chapters 8 & 9)

Course Information (PDF) 

Required Textbook

Until further notice, textbooks are not available for purchase at the Language Center. Please purchase your book from an outside vendor.

Level 1: GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese)
published by The Japan Times
3rd Edition
ISBN: 978-4789017305
Level 2-4: GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese)
published by The Japan Times
2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-4789014403


All of Japan Society's instructors are native Japanese with extensive experience.

Ms. Yumiko Kakutani holds a BA in French Literature from Keio University in Tokyo and is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program. She has taught privately in the United States for a number of years (including JLPT and SAT II students). She currently teaches at City College of New York.

Ms. Momoyo Kitaura has a BA from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University. She is a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She has passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency test and has over 15 years of experience working at a Japanese language school in Japan. She is also a co-researcher of the National Institute of Language and Linguistics.

Ms. Yumi Mori holds a BA in Law from Sophia University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program. She has taught privately in the United States for a number of years.

Ms. Mari Nakamura has an MA in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and has taught Japanese for 25 years at universities including Harvard, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland. She has also taught at several Fortune 500 Corporations.

Please Note

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, including those by the deadline date, are subject to a $20 service charge. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Please note that cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted.

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

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