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Student Portal

Welcome to the J-Course Student Portal

This information is for current J-Course Students.

Here you can find all you need to know about the following:

  • Upcoming enrolment information and important dates
  • Requesting substitute classes and letting us know when you will be away from class
  • JPF events for language learners
  • Useful Japanese language resources

If there is anything else we can help you with, please don’t hesitate to contact the J-Course Team at jcourse(A)

Term 1, 2021 Application Schedule

Dec 12 (Sat) – Last day of Term 4, 2020
Dec 14 (Mon) – Jan 3 (Sun) – Evaluation and priority application period
Dec 22 (Tue) – Jan 3 (Sun) – The Japan Foundation, Sydney office will be closed
Jan 6 (Wed) – Notice of application outcome
Jan 6 (Wed) – Jan 12 (Tue) – Priority payment period
Jan 23 (Sat) – Term 1, 2021 begins


Application Process (Term 1 Only)

1. You will receive an email from the J-Course team with link to the evaluation for Term 4 on Monday, December 14.

2. You will be invited to submit your online application for Term 1, 2021 after completing your evaluation.

3. You will be notified of your application outcome on January 6, 2021. If we are able to offer you a place in your first or second choice class, you will be invited to make payment online via Eventbrite or at our office to secure your seat.

4. You will receive an email confirming your payment and enrolment the week after the payment deadline.

Note: A course fee of $350 will apply for the following term.


Course Advancement Requirements

In Term 4, Elementary 1Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate 2 students will need to achieve at least 60% on their achievement tasks in week 10 in order to enrol in the Elementary 2Intermediate 1 and Advanced level courses. If you would like to enrol in one of these courses and are unable to attend class in week 10 (including any substitute classes), please contact the J-Course team via email by the end of week 9 in Term 4. We can arrange an alternative time for you to take the performance task.

Scheduling Information for Term 4, 2020

Here you can find the following schedules:
Class schedule – with information on when different classes are held.
Weekly schedule – shows when each week begins for term 4


Class Schedule for Term 4, 2020


Weekly Schedule for Term 4, 2020

Due to the Labor Day public holiday, Monday classes will be held on Friday, 9 October instead for Week 1 only.

Please pay close attention to the weekly schedule, particularly when scheduling a substitute class.

J-Course Term 4 2020, Tue 6 October – Sat 12 December


Class Changes: Substitute Classes and Absences

If you would like to request a substitute class or let us know that you will be absent from class, please complete the form below.

For details of when other classes at your level are run, please see the class schedule.

Please note:

  • Students are entitled to up to four substitute classes per term, for courses that run more than two classes in the same class week.
  • Substitute classes are offered for classes in the same week as your original class (Monday to Saturday)
  • Requests to attend a substitute evening class must be sent via email to by 2 hours before the beginning of your regular class, or 2 hours before the class you would like to attend, whichever comes first.
  • We cannot guarantee a place in your preferred substitute class due to limited places in each class. Please do not attend you class until you have received a confirmation email from J-Course.
  • To cancel or reschedule a substitute class, please contact J-Course directly.
J-Course: Substitute Class Application
Please confirm your email address.
I understand that my substitute class is not confirmed until I receive confirmation via email from J-Course, and J-Course cannot guarantee a space will be available due to limited seating. *

J-Course Events

All Events after March 17, 2020 have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
For details on regular events we hold during an average term, please see below.

Language Event Dates for Term 1

Feb 4 (Tue) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Feb 8 (Sat) – Marugoto Online Resource Seminar
Feb 11 (Tue) 
– Marugoto Online Resource Seminar
Feb 12 (Wed) – Marugoto Online Resource Seminar
Feb 15 (Sat) – E-Portfolio Orientation Seminar
Feb 18 (Tues) – E-Portfolio Orientation Seminar
Feb 19 (Wed) – E-Portfolio Orientation Seminar
Feb 26 (Wed) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Mar 10 (Tue) – Tadoku Reading Nights

Tadoku Reading Nights
• Bi-Monthly: Feb 4 (Tue), Feb 26 (Wed), Mar 10 (Tue)
At this regular event held in the JPF Sydney Library, you can gain confidence reading books catered to your Japanese level. Tadoku means ‘extensive reading’, and the aim of these nights is to enjoy reading material at your level, utilising only your existing language knowledge (no dictionaries!). At the end of the night, you are invited to share what you have read with other participants.

Online Resource Seminar
Feb 8 (Sat) 12:05-12:55pm, Feb 11 (Tue) and Feb 12 (Wed) 6:15-7:05pm
In this session, you will learn how to effectively use online resources created by the Japan Foundation to supplement your learning in class, help with class catch up, and much more.
Please note that the resources introduced are materials designed mainly for JF standard A1 and A2 levels (Starter, Elementary 1 and 2 courses). However, students of all levels are welcome to join this session. This seminar will cover the same content as our Term 3 seminar.
Registration: J-Course students will receive an email directly regarding sign up for this event.

E-Portfolio Orientation Seminar
Feb 15 (Sat) 12:05-12:55pm, Feb 18 (Tues) and Feb 19 (Wed) 6:15-7:05pm
In this seminar, we would like to introduce ways to utilise online storage and create your own e-portfolio using Google Drive, as a supplement to your physical binder.
Registration: J-Course students will receive an email directly regarding sign up for this event.

Talk and Tea
• Once Per Term: Nov 27 (Fri)    6 – 7:40pm Held online for Term 4
At this event you can meet with native Japanese speakers and speak Japanese in a relaxed atmosphere. You will be seated in small groups, and tea and snacks will be served throughout the evening. This is a space where you can enjoy talking in Japanese, and is not a language exchange.
Registration: J-Course students will receive an email directly regarding sign up for this event.

Resources for J-Course Students

The Japan Foundation has created a range of materials to assist with learning Japanese, including Japanese learning apps and websites. We hope these will come in handy for your study!

Resources for Online Classes

Guide to Using Zoom: How to participate in your weekly classes with Zoom.

Edmodo Video Guides: Video tutorials on how to use Edmodo.

Developing Typing Skills for Beginners: Contains charts and exercises to practice typing in Japanese.

Marugoto Can-Do Checklists 

Click on a level to download the Can-Do Checklist for that textbook!

Marugoto Textbook Resources 

Minato Online: Online self-study courses that follow the same content as our classes.

Marugoto Web: Download supplementary materials from the textbook here (audio, vocabulary lists etc).

Marugoto Words: Make your own vocab lists and practice the pronunciation with audio.

Marugoto Plus: This website has extra activities based on the textbook including videos, grammar notes and exercises.

Other JPF Resources

Hirogaru: Learn about Japanese culture and improve your language skills through this immersive Japanese site.

Japanese in Anime and Manga: Learn useful expressions and power up your Japanese through anime and manga.

Nihongo E-na: A huge resource base for Japanese learning websites and tools collected by the Japan Foundation.

J-Learner: Our monthly newsletter, bringing the latest language news and resources to you!

Applications (For Devices)

Learn how to read and write hiragana, katakana and kanji with fun, easy to remember memory hints.

Other Resources

NewsWeb Easy: A site for Japanese learners to read simplified news articles. The articles act as useful lead-ins to the original, more complex texts.

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