Language Center

2014 Spring Intensive Japanese Weekend

Spring 2014 Intensive Japanese Weekend Courses

March 8, 9, 15 & 16 

$270 Members 
$300 Non-members

All Japan Society members should select “Individual Member” to register at the member price, and Corporate Member employees may select “Corporate Member” to receive the corporate member price. For further assistance, please contact the Toyota Language Center at 212-715-1256 or email

Course Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF) 

The Japan Society Toyota Language Center is pleased to offer four-day Intensive Japanese Weekend Courses. These concentrated courses are designed to teach beginners basic conversational skills. They will be useful to people with traveling or schedule conflicts, or those who were too late to register or missed too many of our regular classes. They are also meant for people who are planning to travel or move to Japan. The textbook used in all classes is Japanese for Busy PeopleVolume I (Revised 3rd Edition: Romanized), edited by AJALT, and will be available at Japan Society at the discounted price of $25. Students can move from these courses into our weekday classes with minimal difficulty.

Intensive Japanese Weekend, Level 1, Instructor: Miyashita:
For students with no previous background in Japanese. The vocabulary and dialogues in the first third of Japanese for Busy People, Vol. I will be covered.

Intensive Japanese Weekend, Level 2, Instructor: Akai:
For students with some background in Japanese. The course will review the first third of Japanese for Busy People, Vol. I and then concentrate on lessons 8 through 16.

Intensive Japanese Weekend, Level 3, Instructor: Aizawa/Hama:
This course will cover lessons 17 through 25 of Japanese for Busy People, Vol. I.

All courses meet for four days on two consecutive weekends: March 8, 9, 15 & 16 from 11 am to 4:30 pm, for a total of 18 hours of instruction. There will be an hour break for lunch from 1 to 2 pm.  

Instructors: All of Japan Society'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. Reiko Akai has a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from Kobe College. She has taught Japanese and English in Japan, and has been a private tutor of Japanese for five years in the United States. She has been an instructor at the Toyota Language Center since 2008.

Ms. Keiko Hama has taught Japanese in Germany and the United States 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. 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.

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