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10-Week Taster Course (A1)

Are you planning to visit Japan? Would you like to communicate with Japanese people by saying more than just “arigatoo” (“thank you”)?

This is a practical course, designed for absolute beginners, where you will develop basic speaking and listening skills in Japanese. Additionally, you will discuss about Japanese culture and share your experiences based on the class topics (Greetings, Food, Towns and Shopping) to deepen your knowledge of Japan.

Once you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Exchange basic greetings
  • Give a simple self-introduction
  • Order food and drinks
  • Ask for directions while looking at a map
  • Ask questions while shopping etc.

Note: Japanese scripts (hiragana and katakana) are introduced for the purpose of pronunciation but are not taught in this course. This is also a suitable warm-up course for those considering learning Japanese in the long-term.

Course Details

Course fee

$375/term: New students

Course fee does not include textbooks.

Term 2 schedule 

Thursdays | May 2 – July 4, 2019
Taught by Kaoru Murn

Saturdays | May 4 – July 6, 2019
Taught by Yunjing Zheng

This class consists of 10 lessons.



$15 (One volume)

The textbook fee will be charged together with the course fee.

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, かつどう

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation
Published by Sanshusha
ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language competences

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Term 1: Feb 4 – Apr 13
Term 2: Apr 29 – Jul 6
Term 3: Jul 22 – Sep 28
Term 4: Oct 7 – Dec 14

* J-Course terms run for 10 weeks each. As Monday, 10 June and 7 October are NSW public holidays, class will not run on these days but will be held instead on Friday, 15 June and 11 October respectively.

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