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Advanced Course (B2-1)


The Advanced Course aims to develop smoother communication skills in Japanese while building students’ understanding of Japanese culture and appropriate uses of Japanese in a variety of situations. You will learn vocabulary and expressions applicable to selected topics, using learning resources based on topical issues and news in Japanese society. Furthermore, you will develop the skills to use their Japanese appropriately in both formal and informal scenarios, as well as express their own thoughts about different subjects.
Join us and take a step closer toward becoming an advanced Japanese speaker!

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Scan quickly through long and complex texts, locating relevant details.
  • Express their ideas and opinions with precision, and present and respond to complex lines of argument convincingly.
  • Write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to their field of interest while synthesising and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources.
  • Summarise a wide range of factual and imaginative texts, commenting on and discussing contrasting points of view and the main themes
  • Understand documentaries and the majority of films in standard dialect.

Term 1, 2020 Topics:

  • Language and Culture 1 “The Age of Ninja and Samurai” (Topic 9 of the textbook “Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Intermediate 1, B1)”)
  • Free time and leisure 1 “Tokyo Olympics (Event volunteers)”
  • Society 1 “Social Media and Societal Change”



  • 『まるごと中級2』より 言語と文化1「忍者、侍、その頃は・・・」
  • 自由時間と娯楽1 「東京オリンピック(イベントのボランティア)
  • 社会1 「SNSが変える社会」


  •  自由時間と娯楽1 「東京オリンピック(イベントのボランティア)」
  •     社会1 「SNSが変える社会 ~「SNS映え」~」
  •     仕事と職業 「AIの役割」
  •     旅行と交通  「『コト消費』の観光へ」
  •     生活と人生 「人は悩む」
  •     言語と文化 「日本語の流行語」
  •  買い物 「ショッピングのトラブル解決」
  •  社会2 「日本で働くということ」
  •  自由時間と娯楽2 「ポップカルチャーの『聖地巡礼』」
  •  教育 「2020年改革」
  •  言語と文化2 「日本映画の楽しみ方」
  •  食生活 「食卓の変化~どうなる日本の「ご飯」?~」

Course Details

Course fee

$350/term + $20 administration fee*

* New and returning students requiring a placement test will be charged a $20 non-refundable administration fee in addition to the $350 course fee when enrolling. 

Course fees include the cost of materials distributed in class.

Evening class

Thursdays | February 6 – April 9, 2020
Taught by Keiko Nishiyama


To apply for the Advanced course, please email the J-Course team directly at jcourse(a), and include details of your Japanese language level. Please note that you will be required to take a level check test, which will be organised as soon as possible.


There is no textbook for this course.

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