Language Center

2021 LATE SPRING CONVERSATIONAL JAPANESE

2021 Spring Conversational Japanese

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). Registrants will receive course information by email from language_inquiries@japansociety.org on the afternoon of the business day before the class starts, and the Zoom link will be sent by email by 10:30 AM ET the morning of the first class. Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET/UTC-04:00). Calculate your local time

Tuition

Keigo & Business (5 classes)
Members: $160
Non-members: $180
  All other courses (9 classes):
Members: $280
Non-members: $320
   
To purchase or renew a Japan Society membership, please visit here first, and then register for your course.

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 Spring semester only (includes Conversational Japanese and Japanese numbered level courses).

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

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

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

To register online, click "Register":


View Course Flyer (PDF)

New students with no previous background in Japanese should enroll in a Level 1 course (see Late Spring Japanese Level 1) or Casual Japanese with Anime. 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.

Registrants will receive a Welcome Letter by email from language_inquiries@japansociety.org on:
  • the afternoon of Friday, April 9, 2021 (for classes beginning on Monday, April 12, 2021)
  • the afternoon of Monday, April 12, 2021 (for classes beginning on Tuesday, April 13, 2021)

Students will receive an email from their instructors with the Zoom link after this time, and by 10:30 AM ET the day of their first class at latest.

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 Letter.

Course Information

SPECIAL COURSES

Casual Japanese with Anime
For students with no background in Japanese or beginners who do not have previous formal study of grammar.
Mondays & Wednesdays, April 12—May 10
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Aizaki
Class cancelled

This course is an introduction to the Japanese language through various popular anime. Students will learn basic vocabulary, elementary conversation, and simple sentence structures. No textbook required.
Note: 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 Aizawa-sensei in the 10-week semester.

Keigo & Business
For students who have taken Level 10 several times, or above. Once-a-week, for 5 classes.
Mondays, April 12—May 10
4—6 PM | Instructor: Kakutani

This course will cover conversational keigo useful for business settings and speaking to one’s superiors. Starting with a review of keigo, self-introductions and greetings, students will also study:
  • invitations to parties
  • asking questions to superiors
  • getting permission/authorization from your boss and clients
  • 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. No textbook required.

CONVERSATIONAL COURSES

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

Beginner Conversation: For students who have finished Level 1 or 2 of our Japanese Courses, or equivalent. For students with some background in Japanese. Some social/situational survival skills will also be introduced.
Required Textbook (see below for details): Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Starter (A1) Katsudoo

Beginner-A: Mon. & Wed., April 12—May 10
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Kakutani

Beginner-B: Tues. & Thurs., April 13—May 11
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Shio

Beginner-C: Tues. & Thurs., April 13—May 11
12—2 PM | Instructor: Shio



Advanced Beginner Conversation: For students who have finished Level 3 or 4 of our Japanese Courses, or equivalent. The course will focus on skills needed to survive in Japan. Frequently used expressions will be practiced in context.
Required Textbook (see below for details): : Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Elementary 1 (A2) Katsudoo

Advanced Beginner-A: Tues. & Thurs., April 13—May 11
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Kurahara
Class full; to be added to the waitlist please email language@japansociety.org or call 212-715-1269.

Advanced Beginner-B: Mon. & Wed., April 12—May 10
12—2 PM | Instructor: Kitaura


Intermediate Conversation: For students who have finished Level 5, 6 or 7 of our Japanese Courses, or equivalent. The course will focus on strengthening speaking skills by having students engage in various exercises.
Required Textbook (see below for details): Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Elementary 2 (A2) Katsudoo

Intermediate-A: Tues. & Thurs., April 13—May 11
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Nakazawa

Intermediate-B: Tues. & Thurs., April 13—May 11
12—2 PM | Instructor: Nakazawa


Advanced Intermediate Conversation: For students who have finished Level 8, 9, or 10 of our Japanese Courses, or equivalent. The course 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 situational vocabulary.
No textbook required.

Advanced Intermediate-A: Mon. & Wed., April 12—May 10
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Kurahara

Advanced Intermediate-B: Tues. & Thurs., April 13—May 11
12—2 PM | Instructor: Kurahara


Advanced Conversation: For students who are at Level 11 of our Japanese Courses or higher. Students will study and discuss various Japanese cultural topics. New vocabulary and expressions will be introduced.
No textbook required.

Advanced-A: Tues. & Thurs., April 13—May 11
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Aizawa

Advanced-B: Tues. & Thurs., April 13—May 11
12—2 PM | Instructor: Aizawa 


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.

Beginner Students
Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Starter (A1) Katsudoo ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2 by Japan Foundation

Adv. Beg. Students
Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Elementary 1 (A2) Katsudoo ISBN: 978-4-384-05754-6 by Japan Foundation

Intermediate Students
Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, Elementary 2 (A2) Katsudoo ISBN: 978-4-384-05756-0 by Japan Foundation

Adv. Int., Advanced, Casual Japanese with Anime, and Keigo & Business students: no required textbook.

Instructors

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


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 only. Cancellations via e-mail 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.

By registering for a course, I accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy. I also verify that the student taking this class is age 16 or older.

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Email: language@japansociety.org

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