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B2 Pilot Course (B2-2)

This course aims to prepare students to:  

  • Understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. 
  • Understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. 
  • Read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints. 
  • Present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest. 
  • Take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views. 
  • Write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. 


This class is for indepdent Japanese language users (B2 level) to come and learn together. 

We will deepen our understanding of a wide range of topics extending beyond Japan, concerning global society and culture, past and future, by using raw resources like news videos and articles, announcements, theatre, and literary works. We’ll put high-level communication skills into practice by working on expressing opinions and thoughts accurately with the support of the teacher.  By interacting with classmates we hope you will gain new perspectives!

This class will focus on active Japanese learning between classmates. 

As class will be held every other week, in-class time will be focused on speaking practice. On weeks without class, there will be small tasks focused on input. 

Study Topics (planned):

  • Food nurtured by time
  • The changing shape of communication


① This course is a pilot. For future implementation of the B2 level course, we will ask all participants to take part in a survey regarding course implementation at the end of term. 

② While Zoom will be used as our major online platform, we may also make use of Microsoft Teams. 










②オンラインのツールはZoomを予定しておりますが、部分的にOutlook Teamsを使用する可能性があります。 

B2 Pilot Course Details

Course fee



Mondays | 6pm-8pm
5 lessons + additional final task session

(24 April, 8 May, 22 May, 5 June and 19 June + 3 July)

Class Format


Class Size

Min: 7 / Max: 20 participants

* In the case where enrolments do not reach the minimum number of 7 people, the class may be cancelled.


Keiko Nishiyama


Participation in this pilot course is by special appointment only. Selected participants will receive registration information by direct email. If you are interested in joining the pilot course, please email the J-Course team directly at and include details of your Japanese language level for further advice.

B2 Pilot Course Terms and Conditions

Table of Contents

  1. Enrolment requirements
  2. Course details
  3. Payment
  4. Cancellations and refunds
  5. Other

Additional Terms and Conditions for Online Classes

1. Enrollment requirements
1.1 Students must be aged 18 and over.
1.2 Students must be able to participate in classes online.
2. Course details
2.1 The copyright of all course materials remains the exclusive property of The Japan Foundation, Sydney. Students may not reproduce or distribute any part of the course materials to any other persons or organisations without permission.
2.2 Class participation is limited to once per week.
3. Payment
3.1 A student’s enrolment in the course is confirmed once full payment and online application have been received.
3.2 Incremental course payments will not be accepted.
3.3 Students enrolling after the term has started will be charged tuition fees only for the remaining classes that term, calculated from the date they submit their application.
3.4 The previous does not apply in cases of delayed enrolment by the student, wherein J-Course reserves a mandatory 3 business day administration period to process enrolments. Students will not be allowed to join classes until this administration period has passed, and no refund will be offered for classes missed as a result.
3.5 Course fees cannot be transferred to another term or another student. All prices are listed in Australian Dollars and include GST.
4. Cancellations and refunds
4.1 The course may be cancelled if enrolments do not reach the minimum number. In the event that the course is cancelled for this reason, students already enrolled in the course will be notified prior to the scheduled commencement date and any course fees that have been paid will be refunded.
4.2 Enrolments submitted after the class has reached maximum capacity may be cancelled. In this case, any course fees that have been paid will be refunded.
4.3 In cases where class is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, students will be offered a substitute class or a full refund for that week, to be determined by The Japan Foundation, Sydney.
4.4 Students may cancel their enrolment up to five (5) business days before the first class of the term for the enrolled course. Students are required to notify J-Course via email in order to cancel their enrolment. Course fees will be refunded minus a cancellation fee of $50.
4.5 Students who wish to cancel their enrolment after the above cancellation deadline are eligible to receive a refund equal to 50% of any remaining course fees. Students are required to notify J-Course via email in order to cancel their enrolment. The amount refundable is calculated from the date that J-Course receives notification of the student’s cancellation request via email. Cancellations received by 5pm on regular business days will be lodged the same day. Any cancellations received after 5pm or on weekends or holidays will be lodged the next business day.
4.6 Individual class refunds are not available.
5. Other
5.1 The Japan Foundation, Sydney reserves the right to change teachers and classrooms during term. Students will be informed of any such changes in advance via email.
5.2 The Japan Foundation, Sydney has a zero-tolerance policy regarding disruptive or aggressive behaviour from students, staff, and visitors. The enrolment of any student may be cancelled for these reasons at the discretion of J-Course administration at any time. Cancelled enrolments will be refunded in accordance with the refund policies outlined in section 4.
5.3 J-Course can be contacted via email at or by phone at 02 8239 0055.
Additional Terms and Conditions for Online Classes
While classes are held online, the below will apply in addition to the standard Terms and Conditions.
a. The technical prerequisites for online classes are as follows:

  • A computer or laptop (operating systems: Windows 10 or 8.1 / Mac OS X 10.10 or later)
  • The latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari
  • Headphones with a microphone
  • A web camera
  • A stable internet connection, with at least a 1.2Mbps download speed and 600kbps upload speed

b. The student is responsible for ensuring that the above requirements are met. Students who cause significant disruptions to class delivery due to insufficient technical prerequisites may be asked to rectify these deficiencies or change attendance to in person instruction if space is available. In the event that reasonable measures are not taken by the student to meet technical requirements, a student’s enrolment may be cancelled. Cancelled enrolments will refunded in accordance with the policies outlined in section 4.
c. Classes cannot be recorded in any way, including audio only, without the express written permission of The Japan Foundation, Sydney.
d. The Japan Foundation, Sydney reserves the right to change the mode of class delivery at its discretion.

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