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Starter Course (A1)

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

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

  • Ask and answer basic questions on familiar topics, such as family and oneself.
  • Understand and use simple phrases and sentences in areas of essential need.
  • Recognise familiar names, words and very basic phrases on simple notices.
  • Write basic, isolated phrases and sentences.

Course Content

In the Starter course, we aim to cover Topics 1 to 8 of the textbook “Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Starter, A1)”.

Term 1
Topics 1 and 2: “Japanese” and “Myself”

Term 2
Topics 3 and 4: “Food” and “Home”

Term 3
Topics 5 and 6: “Life” and “Holidays and Days off 1”

Term 4
Topics 7 and 8: “Towns” and “Shopping”

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 our classes, please visit the Marugoto Plus website: https://a1.marugotoweb.jp/en/

We also offer a Mid-Year Starter Course beginning in July.

Course Details in Term 3

Course fee

$350/term + $20 administration fee*

* Students enrolling in the first term of the Starter course, and other 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.

Morning class
10am-12pm

Wednesdays | July 14 – September 15, 2021
Taught by Yongsuk Song

Saturdays | July 17 – September 18, 2021
Taught by Yukiko Watanabe

Evening class
6-8pm

Mondays | July 12 – September 13, 2021
Taught by Hiromi Nishimoto

Wednesdays | July 14 – September 15, 2021
Taught by Shoko Ono

Classes will be held online until further notice via Zoom video conferencing. You can join a test meeting at https://zoom.us/test.

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.

Textbook

Fee

$30 (Two volumes)

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.

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, かつどう
国際交流基金
三修社 2013

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, りかい
国際交流基金
三修社 2013

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05753-9

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language competences
Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language activities

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Enrolments for Term 1 of the Starter Course are now closed. Join our mailing list to be notified of future beginner courses.

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