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Japanese e-Learning Course

Applications for this course are now open!
Please apply directly on the Minato Website by clicking the link below.

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 absolute beginners called the Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Tutor Support Course.

This course is for those studying Japanese for the first time. You must be aged 18 years and over, and be capable of taking a course in English. Priority will be given to applicants living in Oceania.

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. It covers content from the Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Course.

The following support is provided by tutors throughout the course:

  • 1 orientation lesson
  • 5 live lessons
  • 1 oral test
  • Correction of assignments

While this is a self-study course, you will be able to communicate and learn with your classmates during live lessons and through an online group noticeboard.

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 beginners 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.

How do I enrol?

Applications for the course beginning in May have now closed. Please check back soon for details of future courses, or visit the Minato website directly for free self-study options.

Apply Here

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April 1 – April 30, 2019
Applications will be taken on the Minato website.


May 10 – August 11, 2019

All lesson times are in Sydney Local Time (AEST)

Wednesday class 18:30-19:15
Orientation: May 15
Live Lesson: May 29, Jun 12, Jun 26, Jul 10, Jul 24
Oral Test: Wednesday July 31, 18:15 – 19:30

Saturday class 13:00-13:45
Orientation: May 18
Live Lesson: Jun 1, Jun 15, Jun 29, Jul 13, Jul 27
Oral Test: Saturday Aug 3, 12:45 – 14:00






Minimum Age: 18 years
Japanese language requirements: No

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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