Summer Japanese for Youth: Ages 12 to 15

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 courses are for students who are ages 12 to 15 as of the start date of the course. Both complete beginners and students who have taken the previous Japanese for Teens course offered by Education & Family may take these courses.

All other Language Center programs are for adults (age 16+); please visit the Language Center homepage for a full list of offerings.

For a printer friendly version of these courses, please click here: 2022 Summer Japanese for Youth: Ages 12 to 15 PDF

Course Description

Youth Level 1

Beginners are invited to start their Japanese language learning journey in this online course. Students ages 12 to 15 will learn and practice the fundamentals of Japanese language and culture with a group of like-minded peers. Using a variety of fun and engaging activities referencing popular Japanese media such as anime, students will develop practical listening, speaking, writing and cultural skills to kick-start their Japanese language abilities!

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.

Youth 1-A and Youth 1-B will cover the same content.

Course content will include the following:

  • X wa Y desu. (e.g. I am Jon. Risa is 14 years old. My phone number is 123-4567.)
  • Question sentences (e.g. How old are you? What time is it?)

Required Textbook: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Chapter 1)

Japanese for Youth 1-A

Tuesdays, 6/28 – 8/16, 5 – 6 pm ET (8 lessons)

Instructor: Aizaki

Japanese for Youth 1-B

Wednesdays, 6/29 – 8/17, 5:30-6:30 pm ET (8 lessons)

Instructor: Aizaki


Japanese for Youth: Ages 12 to 15





Space is limited to 15 students; advance registration required.

How to Register

Please register early to ensure enrollment in your first choice of class.

At the moment, registration is accepted online (recommended) or by phone only, and we are only taking payment in the form of credit or debit cards (no checks or cash). Acceptance will be acknowledged by email.

To register at the member price, the membership must be under the student’s name (Student Membership), or the student should be part of a Family Membership. To purchase or renew a membership, please visit the Membership page and pay online or call 212-715-1270.

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

  • the afternoon of Monday, June 27, 2022 (for classes beginning on Tuesday, June 28, 2022)
  • the afternoon of Tuesday, June 28, 2022 (for classes beginning on Wednesday, June 29, 2022).

For more information, 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.

Please Note

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted until 12 pm ET, the business day before a course or workshop begins. With a cancellation, a refund of tuition minus a service charge ($20 for courses, $5 for workshops) will be provided. After this deadline, cancellations are not accepted.

Cancellations are accepted by phone only. We do not accept email cancellations.

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.

We do not record these classes, and recording of these classes is prohibited. If a student misses a class, it may be possible to arrange a make-up class in the same semester, if available. More information will be provided in the Welcome Email.

Required Textbooks

A limited supply of textbooks are available for purchase at the Language Center on select days. Please contact the office to arrange purchase and pick-up. The price at Japan Society is $45. Otherwise, please purchase your book from an outside vendor. Either a digital or print textbook is fine.

Please have your textbook in advance of the first class.

Genki I 3rd Edition CoverGENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese),
3rd Edition
published by The Japan Times
ISBN: 978-4789017305

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.


Yuki AizakiMs. Yuki Aizaki holds a BA in Theatre from The City University of New York and is a graduate of the teacher training program at The Japan Society. She has taught Japanese privately to beginner and intermediate students.