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2017 Winter Conversational Japanese

Beginner through Advanced levels

Tuition
$260 Japan Society corporate and individual members* l Become a member
$300 Non-members *

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Course Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)


Course Schedule


Japanese Level Guide

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 for a total of 18 hours of instruction. 


Beginner Conversation: For students who have finished Level 1 or 2 of our regular Japanese Courses, or equivalent. For students with some background in Japanese. Some social/situational survival skills will also be introduced.
Text: Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, A1 Katsudoo

  • Beg-A:    Mondays & Wednesdays, December 11—January 22 (no 12/25-1/1 & 1/15) 
                   6—8 PM     Instructor: Nakamura/Kakutani
  • Beg-B:    Tuesdays & Thursdays, December 12—January 18 (no 12/26-1/2)
                   6—8 PM     Instructor: Nakamura/Kakutani
  • Beg-C:    Tuesdays & Thursdays, December 12—January 18 (no 12/26-1/2) 
                   12—2 PM   Instructor: Nakamura/Kakutani


Advanced-Beginner Conversation
: For students who have finished Level 3 or 4 of our regular Japanese Courses, or equivalent. The course will focus on skills needed to survive in Japan. Frequently used expressions will be practiced in context.

  • AdvBeg-A:    Mondays & Wednesdays, December 11—January 22 (no 12/25-1/1 & 1/15)
                         6—8 PM     Instructor: Nakazawa
  • AdvBeg-B     Mondays & Wednesdays, December 11—January 22 (no 12/25-1/1 & 1/15)
                         12—2 PM   Instructor: Nakazawa


Intermediate Conversation
: For students who have finished Level 5, 6 or 7 of our regular Japanese Courses, or equivalent. The course will focus on strengthening speaking skills by having students engage in various exercises.

  • Int-A:   Tuesdays & Thursdays, December 12—January 18 (no 12/26-1/2)
                 6—8 PM     Instructor: Nakazawa


Advanced-Intermediate Conversation
: For students who have finished Level 8, 9 or 10 of our regular 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.

  • AdvInt-A:    Mondays & Wednesdays, December 11—January 22 (no 12/25-1/1 & 1/15)
                       6—8 PM     Instructor: Miyashita
  • AdvInt-B:    Mondays & Wednesdays, December 11—January 22 (no 12/25-1/1 & 1/15)
                      12—2 PM   Instructor: Miyashita


Advanced Conversation: For students who are at Level 11 of our regular Japanese Courses or higher. In this class students will watch short dramas and discuss them. Emphasis will be on idiomatic and colloquial expressions.

  • Adv-A: Business & Keizai     Tuesdays & Thursdays, December 12—January 18 (no 12/26-1/2)
                                               6—8 PM   Instructor:  Miyashita


TEXTBOOKS:
Beginner Conversation Students only: Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture, A1 Katsudoo   Japan Foundation ($24.00)


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

Ms. Yumiko Kakutani has a bachelor’s degree 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).

Ms. Mami Miyashita earned a Japanese Teaching License in Japan, a certificate of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from West Chester University. She has worked in foreign language education for more than twenty years, including at the University of Delaware from 1999 to 2005.

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.

Ms. Kazuko Nakazawa has a BA in Japanese Literature from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University and is a graduate of Japan 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 on Japan Society’s teaching staff since the summer of 2010.

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 are subject to a $20 service charge, including those requested by the deadline date. 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.

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