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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)

Enrolment for the Next Term

Important Dates for Term 1

Dec 18 (Wed) – Jan 12 (Sun) – Term 1, 2020 priority payment period (except for students repeating or skipping a level)
Dec 21 (Sat) – Jan 5 (Sun) – The Japan Foundation, Sydney office will be closed 
Jan 13 (Mon) – J-Course team to contact students who wish to repeat or skip a course
Feb 1 (Sat) – Term 1 Begins
(Term 3 for Mid-Year Starter Students)
April 9 (Thurs) – Term 1 Ends
April 10 (Fri) – April 26 (Sun) – Term Break
April 27 (Mon) – Term 2 Begins

Please note:
– Term 1 will begin on a Saturday, and class weeks will run from Saturday to the following Thursday, due to the Easter break.

Enrolment for Next Term – Application and Payment Details

1. You will receive an email from the J-Course team at the beginning of Week 9 of each term. It will contain a link to the evaluation for the current term and enrolment details for the next term.

2. You must complete your evaluation and submit an online application by Sunday of Week 10. Your seat for the class you are enrolled in will be secured until this date. After this deadline, your place may be offered to the next wait-listed applicant.

3. You will receive a payment details the week after Week 10. Please make payment online via Eventbrite or at our office by the payment deadline in order to secure your seat.

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


  • A course fee of $350 will apply for the following term.
  • This schedule applies from Term 1. Term 2 – 4 will follow a different schedule.

Important Information for Re-enrolment in Term 1

Application procedures for continuing students
Priority applications will be open between December 2 – December 15. We will be emailing out course evaluations and application forms on December 2 (the beginning of Week 9). Your place in the next course is confirmed, however applications for class days will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

Course payments will be taken after priority applications close, from December 18 – January 12. These payments can be done online through Eventbrite, or at our office (however, please note that we will be closed over the new year).

Course advancement requirements
Elementary 1Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate 2 students will need to achieve at least 60% on their final review quiz 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 November 24 (the end of week 7). We can arrange an alternative time for you to take the quiz.

Repeating or Skipping a level
If you are thinking about repeating or skipping a level, please get in touch with the J-Course team via email by November 24 to speak with our J-Course consultant. If you would like to repeat or skip a level, your application will be processed after other continuing students. Please also note that a level check test will be required if you wish to skip a level, however it will not be required for students repeating a level.

Class Schedule for Term 1, 2020

Weekly Schedule for Term 1, 2020

Term 1 will follow a weekly Saturday – Thursday schedule, beginning on Saturday February 1 and ending on Thursday 9 April, due to the Easter holiday break from Friday April 10. Please pay close attention to the weekly schedule for this reason, particularly when scheduling a substitute class.

Terms 2 – 4 will run on a Monday – Saturday schedule.

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 (Saturday to Thursday)
  • 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.
J-Course: Substitute Class Application
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 in Term 4

Language Event Dates for Term 4

Oct 17 (Thu) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Oct 18 (Fri) RETRO HORROR exhibition opening reception
Oct 19 (Sat) Inside RETRO HORROR – bilingual gallery talk
Oct 30 (Wed) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Nov 2 (Sat) – Online Resource Seminar
Nov 12 (Tue) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Nov 28 (Thu) – Tadoku Reading Nights
Nov 29 (Fri) RETRO HORROR RADIO: Live Ghost Story Readings – Bilingual performance
Dec 6 (Fri) – Talk and Tea
Dec 14 (Sat) – Term 4 Ends

Tadoku Reading Nights
• Bi-Monthly: Oct 17 (Thu), Oct 30 (Wed), Nov 12 (Tue), Nov 28 (Thu)   6 – 8pm
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
• November 2 (Sat)   12:10 – 12:55pm
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.

Talk and Tea
• Once Per Term: December 6 (Fri)    6 – 7:40pm
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. As a special end of year celebration we will be serving wine along with tea and nibblies for our Term 4 Talk and Tea.
Registration: J-Course students will receive an email directly regarding sign up for this event.

• October 18, 2019 – January 24, 2020
The Japan Foundation, Sydney presents HORROR MANGA JAPAN, an event program exploring hidden corners of the horror manga genre through an exhibition, talks and more. Several events will be conducted in Japanese, so it’s a great chance to practise your language skills in Sydney!

We recommend the following Japanese language events:
• Inside RETRO HORROR  gallery talk       Oct 19 (Sat) 11:30am – 1pm
Noriaki Suzuki, the curator of RETRO HORROR, will be discussing horror manga featured in this JPF exhibition. The first talk will be conducted in Japanese with an English interpreter, and the second will be held entirely in Japanese, giving time for Mr Suzuki to speak in more depth.

Close your eyes and immerse yourself in the strange world of spooks, folklore and old-school horror with these readings of uncanny Japanese tales. The program features works from two of Japan’s biggest names in retro horror writing: Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) and Edogawa Ranpo (1894-1965).  Two stories will be performed in English, and then two will be performed in Japanese. Come along and relax in a beanbag while letting the dulcet tones of the narrator wash over you.

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!

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)

Hiragana and Katakana Memory Hint Apps:  Learn how to read and write hiragana and katakana with fun, easy to remember memory hints.
Available on: apple  google play  amazon/android

Kanji Memory Hint Apps: Learn how to read and write kanji with ease on your device.
Available on: apple  google play  amazon/android

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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