July 29—August 6, 2023

Summer Intensive Weekend Japanese

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Course Information

PLEASE NOTE: These courses will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need the use of a device with internet access, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET).

These concentrated courses are designed to teach beginners Japanese and emphasize conversation, listening, reading and writing. These courses are great for people who need to learn basic Japanese at an accelerated pace. They are also useful for people with weekday schedule conflicts, those who missed the start of the 10-week semester, or for students who need some review before proceeding to the next level. Students can easily progress from these courses into our weekday courses.

These courses are structured for adults age 16 or older. (For younger students, please see Japanese for Youth: Ages 12 to 15.)

For a printer friendly version of these courses, please click here: 2023 Summer Intensive Japanese Weekend Courses (PDF).

Course Descriptions

  • Intensive Weekend Japanese Level 1-A

    Saturdays & Sundays, July 29—August 6, 11 am-4:30 pm ET
    ONLINE·4 Classes·Kazue Kurahara

    * There will be an hour break for lunch from 1 to 2 pm and a short break during the afternoon period.

    (for beginning students with no previous background in Japanese)

    The course is designed to introduce elementary Japanese to students with no previous background in the language. Basic vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures will be taught in romaji (Japanese written phonetically in the Roman alphabet) so students can carry on a simple conversation. Hiragana and some introductory kanji will be introduced.

    Students will be introduced to the following:

    • X wa Y desu.
    • Question sentences
    • This/that/which
    • Here/there/over there/where
    • Verb conjugation (present tense)
    • Sentence particles

    Required textbook: Genki I (3rd Edition) (Ch. 1, 2 & 3)

  • Intensive Weekend Japanese Level 2-A

    Saturdays & Sundays, July 29—August 6, 11 am-4:30 pm ET
    ONLINE·4 classes·Yukie Yamaguchi

    * There will be an hour break for lunch from 1 to 2 pm and a short break during the afternoon period.

    (Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent; recognition of hiragana is expected.)

    Students will continue to develop their beginners’ level language skills in basic Japanese as they begin to apply the past tense and are introduced to new words, grammar, and expressions. Recognition of hiragana is expected as less romaji will be used. Katakana and a few more kanji will be introduced.

    Students will be introduced to the following:

    • X ga arimasu/imasu.
    • Location description
    • Adjectives (present and past tense)
    • Suki (na)/ Kirai (na)
    • -shimashou ka

    Required textbook: Genki I (3rd Edition) (Ch. 4 & 5)

     

    Tuition

    Japan Society members: $290
    Non-members: $330

     

    How to Register

    Classes fill up quickly! To guarantee a seat in the class, please register as soon as possible.

    At the moment, registration is accepted online (preferred) or by phone only at (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293, or in-person on select days.

    New students with no previous background in Japanese should enroll in a Level 1 course. Students with some background should refer to the Japanese Level Guide or course textbooks to determine the most appropriate class. (The Level Guide can also be found on the Language Center homepage.) There is no placement exam. If you are still not sure of your level, it may be possible to schedule a level assessment by phone with the Director. Please email [email protected] to schedule.

    To purchase or renew a membership, please visit the Membership page and pay online. Or, call 212-715-1270 and leave a message; they will get back to you.

    Registrants will receive a Welcome Email and Zoom link from [email protected] on:

    • the afternoon of Fri., July 28, 2023 (the business day before courses begin)

    Questions? Please email us at [email protected], or call (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293. Please note that while we are working remotely, we may not always be reachable by phone.

     

    Additional Information

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted until 12 pm ET, the business day before a course or workshop begins. After this deadline, cancellations are not accepted and tuition is not refundable or transferable for any reason (including for credit). Upon cancellation, the tuition paid minus a service charge ($20 for courses, $5 for workshops) will be refunded. Cancellations are only accepted via phone.

    Japan Society also reserves the right to cancel any course or workshop if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such cases, students already enrolled will receive full refunds (no service charge).

    By registering for a course, you accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.

    Students must be age 16 or older.

    We do not record these classes, and recording of these classes is prohibited.

    If you need to switch to a different level or section after your course has begun, it may be possible pending availability and is only possible within the same semester (e.g., within the same 10-week semester, 5-week semester, weekend intensive, etc.). Please contact the office.

     

    Required Textbooks

    Textbooks are available for purchase and pick-up at Japan Society during select hours. Please contact the Language Center office (preferably in advance) for purchase and to arrange pick-up.

    Otherwise, please purchase your book in advance from an outside vendor. Either a digital or print textbook is fine.

    GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 3rd Edition

    published by The Japan Times | ISBN: 978-4789017305

    Price at Japan Society: $45

    *We strongly recommend purchasing the 3rd Edition. Please note that the 2nd Edition has some differences, including page numbers, examples, etc., and is not recommended for this reason.

    Instructors

    Yukie Yamaguchi

    Yukie Yamaguchi

    Yukie Yamaguchi has a BA in Foreign Languages (specializing in English) from Bukkyo University in Kyoto…

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    Kazue Kurahara

    Kazue Kurahara

    Kazue Kurahara received her BA at Hunter College and an MA in TESOL and Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from New York University…

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      Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Support for Japan Society’s Language Center is provided, in part, by Mark F. Goldfield and Mary E. Hatch; Christopher Hong; Steven Giordano; and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.