Language Center

2014 SPRING CONVERSATIONAL JAPANESE

For Beginner to Advanced Students



Tuition:
$260 Japan Society members* l Become a member

$300 Non-members
*
For tuition discount, please contact the Toyota Language Center at 212-715-1256.




For more details, please email us at language_inquiries@japansociety.org. To register by phone with a credit card, please call either (212) 715-1256 or (212) 715-1293, or fax us the Registration Form (PDF) above to (212) 715-1279.

Course Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)

The curriculum is conversation-intensive, with the aim of strengthening the student’s ability to communicate effectively in both business and social situations. The materials used will emphasize the vocabulary and grammar useful in everyday activities. Each class meets twice a week for a total of 18 hours of instruction.

LEVEL I 

(Introductory) For students with no previous background in Japanese. 

Elementary conversation, vocabulary and simple sentence structure will be taught. Text: JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE, Vol. I

I-A MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS April 21–May 19 6 – 8 PM Instructor: Aizawa

I-B TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS April 22–May 20 6 – 8 PM Instructor: Aizawa
I-C MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS April 21–May 19 12 – 2 PM Instructor: Aizawa

LEVEL II 


(Beginner) finished Level 1 or 2 of our regular Japanese Course, or equivalent.

For students with some background in Japanese. Same subject matter as above but in greater depth. Some social situational survival skills will also be introduced.

II-A  MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS April 21–May 21 (no 5/19)  6 – 8 PM Instructor: Nakazawa

II-B TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS April 22–May 20 6 – 8 PM Instructor: Miyashita

II-C TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS April 22–May 20 12 – 2 PM Instructor: Nakazawa

LEVEL III 


(Advanced Beginner) finished Level 3 or 4 of our regular Japanese Course, or equivalent.

The course will focus on skills needed to survive in Japan. Frequently used expressions will be practiced in context.
III-A TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS April 22–May 20 6 – 8 PM Instructor: Hama

III-B TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS April 22–May 20 12 – 2 PM Instructor: Hama

LEVEL IV 

(Intermediate) finished Level 5, 6, or 7 of our regular Japanese Course, or equivalent.

The course will focus on strengthening speaking skills by having students engage in various exercises.

IV-A TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS April 22–May 20 6 – 8 PM Instructor: Nakazawa


LEVEL V
 
(Int.-Advanced) finished Level 8, 9 and 10 of our regular Japanese Course, or equivalent.
The class will emphasize role-playing by the students in different social and business situations. The focus will be on maintaining a conversation and learning and using the situational vocabulary.
V-A MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS April 21–May 19 6 – 8 PM Instructor: Miyashita

V-B MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS April 21–May 19 12 – 2 PM Instructor: Miyashita


LEVEL VI 
Level 10 of our regular Japanese Courses and higher.
Japanese four-character idiomatic compounds (四字熟語) will be introduced, and students will study and discuss usage of these compounds to enrich their conversational capabilities. Students will also study Japanese proverbs.
VI-A MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS April 23–May 21 6 – 8 PM Instructor: Inkyo
This course provides conversational practice to master keigo, as well as common expressions and communication strategies used to speak Japanese at a fluent or native level.
VI-B MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS April 21 – May 19 2 – 2 pm Instructor: Hama

INSTRUCTORS
All of the Toyota Language Center’s instructors are native Japanese with extensive experience.

Ms. Yuko Aizawa has taught at the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, Japan and at the Royal Hawaiian Academy in the United States. She has been an instructor at the Toyota Language Center since 1994.

Ms. Keiko Hama 
has taught Japanese in Germany and the US for over ten years. She received her Master’s Degree in Japanese Sociology and Linguistics at the University of Heidelberg. Since then, she has been an interpreter, translator and Japanese teacher in the private and public sectors.
Ms. Masako Inkyo has a university degree in Japanese Calligraphy and a license to teach literature in Middle and High School. She is a member of the three largest shodō professional associations in Japan. She has received many awards, including first prizes in shodō and pen calligraphy and kanji in national competitions sponsored by the Ministry of Education.
Ms. Mami Miyashita earned a Japanese Teaching License in Japan, a certificate of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree from West Chester University. She has been involved with foreign language education for more than nineteen years, most recently at the University of Delaware from 1999 to 2005.
Ms. Kazuko Nakazawa has a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Literature. She is one of the top graduates of the Society’s Teacher Training Program. She has taught Japanese privately and in an after-school program in Japan for three years, and privately in the United States for two years. She has been a member of the Society’s teaching staff since the summer of 2010.

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