Japanese for Teens – Summer Challenge: Speaking and Listening

Thursdays, July 11—August 8

Summer Challenge – Speaking and Listening
Thursdays, July 11—August 8, 5-6 pm ET

This summer, jump headfirst into the fundamentals of Japanese language and culture. Practice essential everyday phrases and vocabulary through examples drawn from anime, manga, music, sports, food and more.

About Japanese for Teens: Teens are invited to start their Japanese language learning journey this summer with these online courses designed just for them! Students will practice the fundamentals of Japanese language and learn about Japanese culture with a group of like-minded peers. Using a variety of fun and engaging activities and examples from popular Japanese media like anime and manga, they’ll develop practical listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural skills to kick-start their Japanese language abilities!

Both complete beginners and students who have some previous experience in Japanese are welcome to enroll.

Also Available:
Summer Challenge – Reading and Writing


$125/$100 Japan Society members. Open to middle and high school students. Space is limited; advance registration required.


Registration is accepted online (preferred) or by phone at (212) 715-1206.

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 MembershipTo 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.

Please register by Friday, July 5, if possible. Seats may not be available after this date; please check the website for registration availability or contact the office.

Registrants will receive a Welcome Email and Microsoft Teams link from [email protected] on the afternoon of Monday, July 8, 2024.

For more information, please email us at [email protected], or call (212) 715-1206.

Additional Information

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted until 12 pm ET on the business day before the course begins. After this deadline, cancellations are not accepted and tuition is not refundable for any reason. Upon cancellation, the tuition paid minus a $20 service charge 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.

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

These courses will be conducted online via Microsoft TeamsTo participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Further instructions will be provided before each course begins. Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET).

About the Instructor

Kaoru Shinohara
Kaoru Shinohara holds a BA in Literature from Waseda University and a BA from Soka University through their Japanese Language Teacher Training Course in Education. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program. She has been teaching Japanese to youth at Japan Society and tutoring at New York University.

Japan Society School Partnerships are made possible by a generous grant from MetLife Foundation and supported by the United States-Japan Foundation and MUFG Bank, Ltd.

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. Education and Family Programs are generously supported by an anonymous donor; ORIX Corporation USA; Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas); public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Masako Mera and Koichi Mera, PhD Fund for Education and the Arts; The Norinchukin Foundation; and Friends of Education and Family Programs.

  • July 11, 2024 – August 8, 2024
  • Online
  • Registration
  • $125 Nonmembers
  • $100 Members

There is an additional $1.00 service charge for all non-member ticket types purchased.

This class is currently at capacity. To be put on the waiting list, please email [email protected].