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Intermediate 1 Course (B1-1)

This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Enter spontaneous conversations on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. myself, hobbies, food, travel and current events).
  • Understand the description of daily events, feelings and wishes that appear in personal or informal texts.
  • Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, including speech heard on media such as radio, TV programmes, etc.
  • Write straightforward, cohesive texts on topics that are familiar, or of personal interest.
  • Connect simple phrases to describe experiences and past events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and state clear reasons and explanations related to one’s opinions and plans.

Course Content

In the Intermediate 1 course, we aim to cover Topics 7 – 9 of the textbook “Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Pre-Intermediate A2/B1)” and Topics 1 – 6 of the textbook “Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Intermediate 1, B1)”.

Term 1
Topics 7 – 9:
“Taking about personal problems”, “Problems when travelling” and “Looking for a job” (Pre-Intermediate A2/B1 Textbook)

Term 2
Topics 1 and 2: “Meeting people for the first time” and “Food I recommend” (Intermediate 1 B1 Textbook)

Term 3
Topics 3 and 4: “My favourite music” and “Let’s go to a hot spring!”

Term 4
Topics 5 and 6: “How have you been lately?” and “Let’s read manga”

Course Details in Term 3

Course fee

$350/term + $20 administration fee*

* New and returning students requiring a placement test will be charged a $20 non-refundable administration fee in addition to the $350 course fee when enrolling. 

Please note that the course fee does not include textbooks.

Afternoon class

Saturdays | July 23 – September 24, 2022
Taught by Keiko Nishiyama

Evening class

Mondays | July 18 – September 19, 2022
Taught by Yukiko Watanabe
In person

Wednesdays | July 20 – September 21, 2022
Taught by Shoko Ono

Online classes will be held via Zoom video conferencing. You can join a test meeting at

For the best experience with online classes and homework, we recommend using the following:
  • 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, and
  • a stable internet connection, with at least a 1.2Mbps download speed and 600kbps upload speed. You can test your internet speed here.



Pre-Intermediate Textbook $30 (One volume)

Intermediate 1 Textbook $40 (One volume)

Textbook fees will be charged at the same time as the course fees in terms requiring a new textbook.

Students can choose to receive their textbooks and supplementary materials via post or pick them up from The Japan Foundation, Sydney office.

Term 1

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 初中級. A2/B1
国際交流基金  2015

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Pre-Intermediate. A2/B1
The Japan Foundation 2015

ISBN: 978-4-384-05758-4

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Pre-Intermediate. A2/B1

Terms 2 – 4

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 中級1. B1.
国際交流基金  2016

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Intermediate 1. B1
The Japan Foundation
Published by Sanshusha

ISBN: 978-4-384-05759-1


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