Language Center

2021 Late Spring Japanese: Levels 1, 2 & 10

2021 Late Spring Japanese: Levels 1, 2 & 10

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).

Tuition

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 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 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":


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New students with no previous background in Japanese should enroll in a Level 1 course or Casual Japanese with Anime (see Late Spring Conversational Japanese). 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 course information by email from language_inquiries@japansociety.org on:
  • the afternoon of Friday, April 9, 2021 (for Monday & Wednesday classes)
  • the afternoon of Monday, April 12, 2021 (for Tuesday & Thursday classes)

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

Courses meet two days each week. For classes that meet once a week, please check the course listing for the upcoming Summer Semester.

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

Japanese 1-B: Tues. & Thurs., April 13—May 11
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Nakanishi

Japanese 1-C: Mon. & Wed., April 12—May 10
12–2 PM | Instructor: Ogawa


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

Japanese 2-B: Tues. & Thurs., April 13—May 11
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Kitaura


JAPANESE LEVEL 10 (Prerequisite: level 9 or equivalent)
This course 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 (part 1 - 4: can be taken in any order). 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.
Required Text:
An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition), (Part 2: Lessons 5-8)

Japanese 10-A (Part 2): Mon. & Wed., April 12—May 10
6:30–8:30 PM | Instructor: Nakamura

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.)

Textbooks

Until further notice, the following required 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 & Level 2 Students: If you already have a Genki I textbook (2nd or 3rd edition), this is fine. If you still need to purchase a book, we recommend purchasing the 3rd edition. This way, if you wish to continue to the next level in the 2021 Summer semester, that level will be using the 3rd edition as well.

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 3rd Edition ISBN: 9784789017305 published by The Japan Times

Level 10 Students: Please purchase the following textboook.

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


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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