New Program Structure
The Japan Society’s new Japanese language program structure is more simplified and easy to understand. Please take a look at our new class chart as well as checking class descriptions to figure out the right level for you!
During the transition period, we will have transitional Beginner II ~ VI classes.
For new students trying to join Beginner II~VI, please understand that there may be some syllabus adjustments during the semester to accommodate our continuing students from Spring 2019.
For continuing students from Spring 2019, please consult with your instructor or the language coordinator at [email protected] about changes to your program. Generally speaking, you can follow the table below.
New Students: Not sure about your language level? We have a placement test and an online level check. If you are still not sure about your level, have a quick conversation with an instructor for 10 minutes!
Class and Level Descriptions
Survival Japanese for Busy People
“Survival Japanese for Busy People” is designed for busy professionals who would like to be familiar with basic Japanese. Unlike our “Beginner Class” series, which refers more to Japanese grammar rules (e.g., basic motion verbs and the existence of people and things), this class primarily focuses on the development of basic conversational skills and an understanding of Japanese as it is currently spoken in Japan. The class, which is designed for those who have no previous experience of learning Japanese, covers a wide variety of topics, such as greetings, self-introductions, favorite foods and drinks, date and time, counting (including currency), and daily routines. Check the book for a gauge of your level.
- Beg. I :: Lesson 1-3
- Beg. II : Lesson 4-6
- Beg. III : Lesson 7-9
- Beg. IV Lesson 10-12
The Beginning Series focuses primarily on the development of basic speaking, reading, and writing skills. Topics covered include describing things, expressing intent, asking permission, signaling obligation, and expressing condition, among others. Aspects of Japanese culture are introduced along with linguistic structures.
Please note that Beginning I is for students with NO previous Japanese experience. Beginning II, Beginning III, and up assume some familiarity with the language.
Both hiragana and katakana are introduced, and the student should be able to read and produce both accurately upon completion of this series of classes. Also, common kanji compounds will be introduced from the Beginning III class.
- Beginning III Kanji will be introduced in this class
- Beginning IV 50-60 characters required
- Pre-Int.I : Lesson 13-15
- Pre-Int. II : Lesson 16-18
- Pre-Int. III : Lesson 19-21
- Pre-Int. IV : Lesson 22&23
The Pre-Intermediate Series is for students who have completed the Beginner series (or Intermediate I~III – before 2019 Spring Semester) with JSNC or for those with previous Japanese language experience equivalent to the JLPT N5 level. It is required for students to read and write hiragana and katakana. Some knowledge of kanji is expected for this level (150 kanji). Students should understand grammatical items such as verb tense and aspect perfective/progressive, hypothetical/conditional statements, casual form to potential, adjective conjugation, and expressing a sequence of events/volition, etc.
Japanese is the primary language of instruction.
- Pre-Int.I : N5
- Pre-Int.III : N4
- Pre-Int. I: 150 characters required
- Pre-Int. III: 300 characters required
The Intermediate series is for students who have completed Pre-Intermediate series (or Intermediate IV 1~4 – before 2019 Spring Semester) with JSNC or for those with previous Japanese language experience equivalent to advanced JLPT N3 level. Some knowledge of kanji is expected for this level (600 kanji). Students should understand grammatical items such as verb tense and aspect perfective/progressive, hypothetical/conditional statements, casual form to potential, adjective conjugation, and expressing a sequence of events/volition, etc.
Japanese is the primary language of instruction.
600 characters required
- Pre-Advanced Class
TOBIRA GATEWAY TO ADVANCED JAPANESE
- Advanced Class
Teaching materials and lesson content covered may vary from semester to semester.
Pre-Advanced | Advanced
The Pre-Advanced and Advanced Courses are geared towards students who have a solid foundation in both conversational and written Japanese. This class focuses on the development of accurate and extended discourse as well as on the expansion of kanji knowledge in the reading of printed materials such as newspaper articles. Study materials are drawn from primary Japanese sources, and the class is conducted entirely in Japanese. The course textbooks for this level may change by term. Please refer to the registration page for more details.
- Pre-Advanced: N3/N2
- Advanced: N2/N1
- Pre-Advanced: 800 characters required
- Advanced: 1000 characters required.
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