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5 Week Taster Course (For Travel – A1)

Thank you for your interest in this course!
This course was run as a special course in Natsu Term 2024.
Once more information is available on whether the course will be run again, this page will be updated.

This is a special 5-week Taster Course designed for absolute beginners.

This course is ideally suited for those planning a trip to Japan soon, as well as anyone interested in starting their journey into Japanese study.

In this course, you will practice simple, basic conversations in Japanese.
The 5 topics we will be studying are taken from The Japan Foundation’s Marugoto textbook Starter (A1) “Activities” book: “Japanese”, “Myself”, “Food”, “Shopping”, and “Towns”.
We hope you enjoy taking those first steps into communicating in Japanese, including conversations useful for travelling. 


Class  Topic  Can-do goals 
Lesson 1
(20 February)
*Course Overview
・Exchange greetings
・Use basic classroom expressions 
Lesson 2
(27 February)
“Myself”  ・Give a simple self introduction 
Lesson 3
(5 March)
“Food”  ・Talk about your favourite foods
・Say what your favourite dish is
・Order food and drinks at a hamburger shop 
Lesson 4
(12 March)
“Shopping”  ・Talk about what you want to buy
・Talk about where to shop for something you want
・Do some shopping 
Lesson 5
(19 March)
*Course reflection
・Say how to get to a particular destination 

*Details about the Marugoto textbooks (concepts, topics, and samples, etc.) can be found on our website. 


The study of Japanese scripts (hiragana and katakana) is not included in this course. 

We use Canvas to both distribute course materials, and for our administration team to get in touch with you. We will let you know how to register for Canvas once you’ve enrolled in the course. 

Our new Starter Course (year-long course) is planned to begin April, 2024. (TBC) 

If you have any questions regarding the course content and level, we will be happy to respond separately either through email, or by booking an online advice time with our consultant. Please feel free to contact us at 

5 Week Taster Course (For Travel – A1) Course Details

Course Fee


This cost is all inclusive and includes the cost of the textbook.
*Your textbook will be provided to you on your first day of class.


Tuesday | 20 Feb, 27 Feb, 5 Mar, 12 Mar, 19 Mar (5 lessons in total) 
In person (Classroom 3)

Class size | Target Demographic

Min: 7 / Max: 12 Participants | For absolute beginners (Starter A1 level) 


Hiromi Nishimoto, Keiko Nishiyama*
*Class will be taught by a single teacher

Course Requirements

18 or older
*You do not have to be a member of The Japan Foundation, Sydney


まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, かつどう

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation
Published by Sanshusha
ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language competences

5 Week Taster Course (For Travel – A1) Terms and Conditions

Table of Contents

  1. Enrolment requirements
  2. Course materials
  3. Payment
  4. Cancellations and refunds
  5. Other

1. Enrolment requirements
1.1 Students must be aged 18 and over.
1.2 Students must be able to participate in classes in-person.

2. Course Materials
2.1 Students must be in possession of the relevant course book to participate in class.
2.2 Applicable textbook fees will be charged along with course fees at the time of enrolment.
2.3 The copyright of all course materials remains the exclusive property of The Japan Foundation, Sydney. Students may not reproduce or distribute any part of the course materials to any other persons or organisations without permission.

3. Payment
3.1 Tuition fees are $190 for the course.
3.2 Student’s enrolment in the course is confirmed once full payment and online application have been received.
3.3 Incremental course payments will not be accepted.
3.4 Students enrolling after the term has started will be charged tuition fees only for the remaining classes that term, calculated from the date they submit their application.
3.5 The previous does not apply in cases of delayed enrolment by the student, wherein J-Course reserves a mandatory three (3) business day administration period to process enrolments. Students will not be allowed to join classes until this administration period has passed, and no refund will be offered for classes missed as a result.
3.6 Course fees cannot be transferred to another term or another student. All prices are listed in Australian Dollars and include GST.

4. Cancellations and refunds
4.1 The course may be cancelled if enrolments do not reach the minimum number. In the event that the course is cancelled for this reason, students already enrolled in the course will be notified prior to the scheduled commencement date and any course fees that have been paid will be refunded.
4.2 Enrolments submitted after the class has reached maximum capacity may be cancelled. In this case, any course fees that have been paid will be refunded.
4.3 In cases where class is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, students will be offered a substitute class or a full refund for that week, to be determined by The Japan Foundation, Sydney.
4.4 Students may cancel their enrolment up to five (5) business days before the first class of the term for the enrolled course. Students are required to notify J-Course via email in order to cancel their enrolment. Course fees will be refunded minus a cancellation fee of $50.
4.5 Students who wish to cancel their enrolment after the above cancellation deadline are eligible to receive a refund equal to 50% of any remaining course fees. Students are required to notify J-Course via email in order to cancel their enrolment. The amount refundable is calculated from the date that J-Course receives notification of the student’s cancellation request via email. Cancellations received by 5pm on regular business days will be lodged the same day. Any cancellations received after 5pm or on weekends or holidays will be lodged the next business day.
4.6 Individual class refunds are not available.

5. Other
5.1 The Japan Foundation, Sydney reserves the right to change the mode of class delivery at its discretion. Students will be informed of any such changes in advance via email. For details about the J-Course’s online classes, refer to Additional Terms And Conditions For Online Classes.
5.2 The Japan Foundation, Sydney has a zero-tolerance policy regarding disruptive or aggressive behaviour from students, staff, and visitors. The enrolment of any student may be cancelled for these reasons at the discretion of J-Course administration at any time. Cancelled enrolments will be refunded in accordance with the refund policies outlined in section 4.
5.3 J-Course classes are not held on designated New South Wales public holidays. In the event classes fall on such public holidays, these classes will be moved to the Friday of the same week.
5.4 J-Course can be contacted via email at or by phone at 02 8239 0055.

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