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Starter Course (A1)

This is a one year course consisting of 4 terms of 10 weeks.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Ask and answer basic questions on familiar topics, such as family and oneself.
  • Understand and use simple phrases and sentences in areas of essential need.
  • Recognise familiar names, words and very basic phrases on simple notices.
  • Write basic, isolated phrases and sentences.

Course Content

In the Starter course, we aim to cover Topics 1 to 8 of the textbook “Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture (Starter, A1)”.

Aki (First) Term
Topics 1 and 2: “Japanese” and “Myself”
*Suitable for absolute beginners

Fuyu (Second) Term
Topics 3 and 4: “Food” and “Home”

Haru (Third) Term
Topics 5 and 6: “Life” and “Holidays and Days off 1”

Natsu (Fourth) Term
Topics 7 and 8: “Towns” and “Shopping”

If you would like to learn more about what is covered in each topic, or if you are interested in previewing the content covered in our classes, please visit the Marugoto Plus website: https://a1.marugotoweb.jp/en/

Course fee

$350/term + $20 administration fee*

* Students enrolling in the first term of the Starter course, and other new and returning students requiring a placement test will be charged a $20 non-refundable administration fee in addition to the $350 course fee when enrolling. 

Please note that the course fee does not include textbooks.

Schedule

Morning class
10am-12pm

Saturdays | 20 July – 21 September, 2024
Taught by Yukiko Fukumoto
Online

Evening class
6pm-8pm

Wednesdays | 17 July – 18 September 2024
Taught by Minami Wallace (from Week 3) and Keiko Nishiyama
In person (Seminar room)

Class is held once a week. Students are enrolled in either the Wednesday or Saturday class.

Class size

Online: Min. 7 / Max. 14
In person
: Min. 7 / Max. 12 (classroom 1) or 14 (seminar room)

Online classes will be held via Zoom video conferencing. You can join a test meeting at https://zoom.us/test.

For the best experience with online classes and homework, we recommend using the following:
  • a computer or laptop (operating systems: Windows 10 or 8.1 / Mac OS X 10.10 or later),
  • the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari,
  • headphones with a microphone,
  • a web camera, and
  • a stable internet connection, with at least a 1.2Mbps download speed and 600kbps upload speed. You can test your internet speed here.

Textbooks used in this course

Fee

Starter [A1] $30 (Two volumes)

Textbook fees will be charged at the same time as the course fees in terms requiring a new textbook.

Students can choose to receive their textbooks and supplementary materials via post or pick them up from The Japan Foundation, Sydney office.

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, かつどう
国際交流基金
三修社 2013

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, りかい
国際交流基金
三修社 2013

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language competences
The Japan Foundation
Published by Sanshusha
2013

ISBN: 978-4-384-05753-9

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

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