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Japanese e-Learning Course

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Are you living outside of Sydney but want to learn Japanese, or perhaps you are too busy to attend our J-Courses on premises?

The Japan Foundation, Sydney offers an online Japanese learning course for beginners living in Oceania, through a platform called JF Japanese e-Learning Minato. Led by a Sydney-based tutor, the course allows you to learn Japanese in a place that suits you.

What is the e-Learning course offered by The Japan Foundation, Sydney?

The Japan Foundation, Sydney operates a paid online course on Minato for beginners called the Marugoto (Katsudoo & Rikai) Tutor Support Course.

In this course, you will self-study online while having regular contact with your tutor, who will deliver live lessons to you and a group of classmates and correct your assignments. You will gain practical communication skills for everyday situations by listening to plenty of Japanese as you practice speaking while systematically learning how Japanese is used in communication. The aim is to gain a comprehensive Japanese ability that includes reading, listening, writing, and speaking.

A1-1 Course
The Marugoto A1-1 Course is a beginner level course suitable for those studying Japanese for the first time.

A2-1 Course
The Marugoto A2-1 Course is an elementary level Japanese course suitable for those who have studied approx. 100 hours of Japanese before, and is the third course in the Marugoto series after A1-1 and A1-2.

The following support is provided by tutors throughout each course:

  • 1 orientation lesson
  • 5 live lessons (One lesson every two weeks)
  • 1 oral test
  • Correction of assignments

What are Live Lessons?

Live lessons are face-to-face online live video chats with up to 5 students and one tutor who leads the lesson. There will be one 40-minute lesson every 2 weeks, and there is one lesson for every topic. This course will have 5 live lessons in total, plus a course orientation and an oral test. The live lessons are based on conversations learned in the self-study materials and written assignments, so you will need to have completed the self-study for each topic before the live lesson.

Before registering for the course, please ensure you can participate in all lessons, including the orientation and test. The live lesson schedule cannot be changed for any reason.

Who can apply?

This online course is for students aged 18 years and over, who are able to participate in a course in English.
It is open to participants from around the world, however priority will be given to applicants living in Oceania.

Our A1-1 Course is suitable for absolute beginners, while our A1-2 Course (the follow up course to A1-1) is suitable for those who have studied a little Japanese before (around 50 hours).

Which course is around my level?

If you are unsure which level course is most suitable for you, you can take a test on the marugoto online website to determine your level:

If you are studying Japanese for the first time, we recommend starting with the Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) course.

How do I enrol?

Applications for the A1-2 Minato Online course are now open on the Minato website.

Please check back soon for details of future courses, or join our mailing list to stay updated! You can also visit the Minato website directly for free self-study options.

Minato Online Course Mailing List

If you are interested in staying up to date on future Minato Online Courses offered through the Japan Foundation, Sydney, please join our mailing list below.

Join the Mailing List for the Minato Beginner Tutor Support Course
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You can include how long you have studied, any institutions you studied at, a textbook you used, etc. If you are absolute beginner, please write N/A.
Which of the Minato Online Tutor Support courses are you interested in receiving updates about?
If you are unsure which level is suitable for you, you can find out more information or take a test to determine which course to take by visiting the Marugoto Online website (Click here to visit the Marugoto website and click here to take the test).

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Applications will open on 30 March, 2020
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A1-1 Course
May 8 – August 18, 2020
A2-1 Course
May 8 – August 18, 2020

All lesson times are in Sydney Local Time (AEST)



A1-1 Course         
A2-1 Course


5 per class


Minimum Age: 18 years
Japanese language requirements: Varies by course level. A1 and A2 courses available (click here for details).

Open to participants from around the world who are able to take a course in English
Priority will be given to applicants living in Oceania


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