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Intermediate 2 Course (B1-2)

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. hobbies, health, news, travel and historical events).
  • Understand articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular stances or viewpoints.
  • Develop a clear argument, expanding and supporting his/her points of view at some length with subsidiary points and relevant examples.
  • 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 and give their e-mail and internet forum information on familiar routine and non-routine matters within their field.

Course Content

In the Intermediate 2 course, we aim to cover Topic 7 – 9 of the textbook “Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Intermediate 1, B1)”, and Topics 1 – 5 of the textbook “Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Intermediate 2, B1)”.

Term 1
Topic 7: “Take on the challenge of martial arts!” (Intermediate 1 B1 Textbook)
Topic 8: “Convenient gadgets”

Term 2
Topic 9: “Traditional Festivals” (Intermediate 1 B1 Textbook)
Topic 1: “What kind of person are they?” (Intermediate 2 B1 Textbook)

Term 3
Topics 2 and 3: “Climbing Mount Fuji” and “Healthy living”

Term 4
Topics 4 and 5: “If you’re going to see a play…” and “Local news”

Course Details in Term 4

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.

Evening class

Tuesdays | October 4 – December 6, 2022
Taught by Kaoru Murn

Wednesdays | October 5 – December 7, 2022
Taught by Hiromi Nishimoto

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.



Intermediate 1 (B1): $40 (One volume)

Intermediate 2 (B2): $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 textbook 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. 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

Term 2 – 4

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 中級2. B1.

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Intermediate 2. B1
The Japan Foundation

ISBN: 978-4-384-05760-7

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