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Japanese e-Learning Course (A1 Level)

The Japan Foundation, Sydney offers a paid online Japanese learning course for learners 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.

In this course, you will study online while having regular contact with your tutor. Your tutor 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.

Note: there is a free, self-study version of this course available. Click here to find out more.

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

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

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?

Which course is around my level?

Our Marugoto A1-1 Course is an absolute beginner level course. If you are studying Japanese for the first time, we recommend starting with this course.

If you have studied Japanese before, you may be interested in our non-beginner level courses; the Marugoto A1-2 Course, the Marugoto A2-1 Course, or the Marugoto A2-2 Course (click here for our Marugoto A2 Course page). For more details on what is covered in our A1-1 and A1-2 courses, please download the summary below.

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.

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 45-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.

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

How do I enrol?

Applications for the A1-1 course have now closed.
If you are interested in joining future courses, you can join our mailing list to stay updated!

You can also visit the Minato website directly for free self-study options. Please note that you will be required to register for a free account in order to apply for the course. Click here to create your own account.

For more details on how to register, check out the instructional video below.

Created by the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur.

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.

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Please note that you must be over 18 to enrol in our Japanese language courses
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 have now closed.

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May 8 – August 18, 2020
Applications open March 30

August 21 – December 6, 2020
Applications open July 13

All lesson times are in Sydney Local Time (AEST)

Tuesday class (6:30-7:15pm)  Full
Orientation: May 12
Live Lesson: May 26, Jun 9, Jun 23, Jul 7, Jul 21
Oral Test: Tuesday July 28, between 6:15 – 7:30pm*

Saturday class (10-10:45am)  Full
Orientation: May 16
Live Lesson: May 30, Jun 13, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 25
Oral Test: Saturday Aug 1, between 9:30 – 10:45am*

*The oral test will take approx. 15 minutes per student




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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