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JAPANESE E-LEARNING COURSES (A1-A2 LEVEL)

Upcoming Courses: Aug – Dec

The Japan Foundation, Sydney will be running the beginner level Marugoto A1-2 Course and the elementary level Marugoto A2-2 Course from August 21 to December 6.

Enrolment applications for both courses will open at noon (12pm AEST) on Monday, July 13.

The Japan Foundation, Sydney offers paid online Japanese courses through a platform called JF Japanese e-Learning Minato. Led by a Sydney-based tutor, the courses allow you to learn Japanese in a place that suits you.

In these courses, 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, and systematically learn how Japanese is used in communication. The aim is to gain a comprehensive Japanese ability that includes reading, listening, writing, and speaking.

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

Which course is suitable for my level?

The Marugoto A1-1 Course is recommended for those studying Japanese for the first time.
The Marugoto A1-2 Course is recommended for those with approx. 50 hours of prior study.
The Marugoto A2-1 Course is recommended for those with approx. 100 hours of prior study.
The Marugoto A2-2 Course is recommended for those with approx. 150 hours of prior study.

These course levels conform to the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education. Please see the Marugoto Online website for details.

You can download summary sheets below, which describe the learning objectives and language structures for each level.

If you are unsure which course is most suitable for you, you can take a level check test 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. Each 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 a course, please ensure you can participate in all lessons, including the orientation and test. The live lesson schedule cannot be changed for any reason.

How do I enrol?

Applications for our A1-2 and A2-2 courses will open from July 13.
Join our mailing list to stay updated on future courses!

Please note that you will be required to register for a free account on the Minato e-Learning platform in order to apply for a 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.

Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Tutor Support Course

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

The following topics are covered in this course:

  • Topic 1: Japanese
  • Topic 2: Myself
  • Topic 3: Food
  • Topic 4: Home
  • Topic 5: Daily life

If you would like to learn more about what is covered in each topic, or if you are interested in previewing the content covered in the course, please visit the Marugoto Plus website.

This A1-1 course is approximately equivalent to Term 1 & 2 of the Starter Course at The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

2020 Course Period

May 8 – August 18, 2020

Applications have now closed. Join our mailing list for future course information.

Live Lesson Schedule

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 Jul 28 (6:15-7:30pm)*

Saturday class (10:00-10:45am) Full
Orientation: May 16
Live Lesson: May 30, Jun 13, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 25
Oral Test: Saturday Aug 1 (9:30-10:45am)*

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

Course Fee

$210

 

Note: there is also free, self-study version of this course available. Visit the Minato website to find out more.

Marugoto A1-2 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Tutor Support Course

The second course in this series, the Marugoto A1-2 Course is a beginner level course suitable for those who have studied a little Japanese before (approx. 50 hours).

The following topics are covered in this course:

  • Topic 6: Holidays and Days off 1
  • Topic 7: Towns
  • Topic 8: Shopping
  • Topic 9: Holidays and Days off 2

If you would like to learn more about what is covered in each topic, or if you are interested in previewing the content covered in the course, please visit the Marugoto Plus website.

This A1-2 course is approximately equivalent to Term 3 & 4 of the Starter Course at The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

2020 Course Period

August 21 – December 6, 2020

Applications will open from July 13, 12pm Sydney Local Time.

Apply Here

You will be redirected to the Minato website.

Live Lesson Schedule

All lesson times are in Sydney Local Time.
Note: Daylight saving time will begin in Sydney on Sunday, 4 October 2020. Clocks will be adjusted forward one hour, so please be aware of any changes in time zone difference.

Wednesday class (6:30-7:15pm) 
Orientation: Aug 26
Live Lesson: Sept 9, Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4
Oral Test: Wednesday Nov 11 (6:15-8:30pm)*

Saturday class (10:00-10:45am) 
Orientation: Aug 29
Live Lesson: Sept 12, Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov 7
Oral Test: Saturday Nov 14 (9:45 – 11:00am)*

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

Course Fee

$210

 

Note: there is also free, self-study version of this course available. Visit the Minato website to find out more.

Marugoto A2-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Tutor Support Course

The third course in this series, the Marugoto A2-1 Course is an elementary level Japanese course suitable for those who have studied some Japanese before (approx. 100 hours), and want to move beyond the basics.

The following topics are covered in this course:

  • Topic 1: My family and myself
  • Topic 2: Seasons and weather
  • Topic 3: My town
  • Topic 4: Going out
  • Topic 5: Languages and cultures

If you would like to learn more about what is covered in each topic, or if you are interested in previewing the content covered in the course, please visit the Marugoto Plus website.

This A2-1 Course is approximately equivalent to Term 1 & 2 of the Elementary 1 Course at The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

2020 Course Period

May 8 – August 18, 2020

Applications have now closed. Join our mailing list for future course information.

Live Lesson Schedule

All lesson times are in Sydney Local Time (AEST)

Tuesday class (7:35-8:20pm)  Full
Orientation: May 12
Live Lesson: May 26, Jun 9, Jun 23, Jul 7, Jul 21
Oral Test: Tuesday July 28 (7:30 – 8:45pm)*

Saturday class (11:15am-12pm) Applications closed
Orientation: May 16
Live Lesson: May 30, Jun 13, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 25
Oral Test: Saturday Aug 1 (11am – 12:15pm)*

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

Course Fee

$230

 

Note: there is also free, self-study version of this course available. Visit the Minato website to find out more.

Marugoto A2-2 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Tutor Support Course

The fourth course in this series, the Marugoto A2-2 Course is an elementary level Japanese course suitable for those who have studied some Japanese before (approx. 150 hours), and want to further develop their Japanese language competence.

The following topics are covered in this course:

  • Topic 6: Eating outdoors
  • Topic 7: Business trips
  • Topic 8: Staying healthy
  • Topic 9: Celebrations

If you would like to learn more about what is covered in each topic, or if you are interested in previewing the content covered in the course, please visit the Marugoto Plus website.

This A2-2 Course is approximately equivalent to Term 3 & 4 of the Elementary 1 Course at The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

2020 Course Period

August 21 – December 6, 2020

Applications will open from July 13, 12pm Sydney Local Time.

Apply Here

You will be redirected to the Minato website.

Live Lesson Schedule

All lesson times are in Sydney Local Time.
Note: Daylight saving time will begin in Sydney on Sunday, 4 October 2020. Clocks will be adjusted forward one hour, so please be aware of any changes in time zone difference.

Wednesday class (7:35-8:20pm) 
Orientation: Aug 26
Live Lesson: Sept 9, Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4
Oral Test: Wednesday Nov 11 (7:30 – 8:45pm)*

Saturday class (11:15am-12pm)
Orientation: Aug 29
Live Lesson: Sept 12, Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov 7
Oral Test: Saturday Nov 14 (11:15am – 12:30pm)*

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

Course Fee

$230

 

Note: there is also free, self-study version of this course available. Visit the Minato website to find out more.

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
(Mr, Mrs, Ms, etc.)
Please confirm your email address.
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).

2020 COURSE SCHEDULE

Marugoto A1-1Marugoto A2-1

May 8 – August 18, 2020
Applications open March 30

Marugoto A1-2Marugoto A2-2

August 21 – December 6, 2020
Applications open July 13

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ELIGIBILITY

Minimum Age: 18 years
Japanese language requirements: Varies by course level. See the FAQ 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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