Language Center

2020-2021 Winter Japanese: Levels 1, 2 & 10

2020 Winter apanese: 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).  Further instructions will be emailed to you the business day before your class begins. 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.

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":


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New students with no previous background in Japanese should enroll in a Level 1 course (see Winter Japanese Level 1). 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 or language@japansociety.org on:
  • the afternoon of Friday, December 4, 2020 (for Monday & Wednesday classes)
  • the afternoon of Monday, December 7, 2020 (for Tuesday & Thursday classes)

Course Information

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., December 7—January 13 (no class 12/23, 12/28, 12/30)
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Mori
Class full; to be added to the waitlist please email language@japansociety.org or call 212-715-1269.

Japanese 1-B: Tues. & Thurs., December 8—January 14 (no class 12/24, 12/29, 12/31)
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Kitaura
Class full; to be added to the waitlist please email language@japansociety.org or call 212-715-1269.

Japanese 1-C: Mon. & Wed., December 7—January 13 (no class 12/23, 12/28, 12/30)
12–2 PM | Instructor: Mori


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, 2nd Edition (Chapters 4 & 5).

Japanese 2-A: Mon. & Wed., December 7—January 13 (no class 12/23, 12/28, 12/30)
6:30—8:30 PM | Instructor: Nakanishi
Class full; to be added to the waitlist please email language@japansociety.org or call 212-715-1269.


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 1: Lessons 1-4)

Japanese 10-A (Part 1): Tues. & Thurs., December 8—January 14 (no class 12/24, 12/29, 12/31)
6:30–8:30 PM | Instructor: Nakamura

NEW! Japanese 10-B (Part 1): Mon. & Wed., December 7—January 13 (no class 12/23, 12/28, 12/30)
6:30–8:30 PM | Instructor: Nakamura


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 Students: Please purchase the 3rd edition of Genki I.
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 2nd edition. This way, if you wish to continue to level 3 in the 2021 Spring semester, that level will be using the 2nd edition as well.

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 3rd Edition ISBN: 9784789017305 published by The Japan Times
     
GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 2nd Edition ISBN: 9784789014403 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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Contact:
Phone: (212) 715-1269
Email: language@japansociety.org

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