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General Information

Three levels: Beginner 1, 2 and 3
Three terms (Term 1, 2 and 3) to complete each level
Three terms run as below:

Term 1: September to November (10 Wednesdays; 7 to 9pm)
Term 2: January to March (10 Wednesdays; 7 to 9pm)
Term 3: April to June (10 Wednesdays; 7 to 9pm)

Textbook:
Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, 2nd Edition” (E Bannon et al., Japan Times, 2011)

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Genki I

Material covered at each level

  Term 1
September–November
Term 2
January–March
Term 3
April–June
Beginner 1 (B1) No textbook; Study Pack provided by EJCA "Genki I" Lessons 1–2 "Genki I" Lessons 3–4
Beginner 2 (B2) "Genki I" Lessons 4–5 "Genki I" Lessons 6–7 "Genki I" Lessons 7–8
Beginner 3 (B3) "Genki I" Lessons 8–9 "Genki I" Lessons 10–11 "Genki I" Lessons 11–12
  • All classes will include discussion of Japanese culture, conversation and other topics in addition to using the textbook.
  • A test will be held at end of term 3. Archiving a minimum of 60% on the test is recommended in order to advance to the next level.

Placement test

Students with Japanese language experience may be allowed to start at the level/term appropriate to their proficiency when achieving a minimum of 60% on the online placement test. It is not necessary to take the placement test to apply for B1–2, however, we recommend that students know how to read and write hiragana.

Please refer to the table below for the list of prerequisites for each level/term.

B2-2 online placement test

B3-2 online placement test

Classes will be cancelled if there is insufficient enrolment. If this is the case, class fees (but not membership fees) will be refunded. You will be on a waiting list if the class is full.

Prerequisites for each level / term

Beginner 1 (B1)

Prerequisites

Term 1
Sep–Nov

B1-1
No Japanese language experience is required

Term 2
Jan–Mar

B1-2
- Can read/write hiragana
- Can use basic greeting expressions in appropriate situations
- Can count from 0 to 100
- Can make a simple self-introduction using the basic sentence structure "X wa Y desu"

Term 3
Apr–Jun

B1-3
- Can read/write katakana
- Can count from 100 to 1,000,000
- Can ask and tell the time
- Can ask and tell the price of an item
- Can ask and tell where things are
- Can ask and tell what things are
- Can tell what things are not, using the structure "X wa Y ja nai desu"
- Can make simple exchanges in a shopping/restaurant situation

Beginner 2 (B2)Prerequisites
Term 1
Sep–Nov
B2-1
- The prerequisites listed for Beginner 1 (see above)
- Can make basic sentences to describe one's daily routine
- Understand basic verb conjugation (present tense; affirmative and negative forms)
- Understand basic function of particles
Term 2
Jan–Mar
B2-2
- Material covered in Term 1
- Can use location words to describe where things are
- Understand past tense of "desu" in affirmative and negative forms
- Understand past tense of verbs in affirmative and negative forms
- Can describe how things are, using adjectives
Term 3
Apr–Jun
B2-3
- Material covered in Term 2
- Understand te-form and use it in sentences 

Beginner 3 (B3)Prerequisites
Term 1
Sep–Nov
B3-1
- Prerequisites listed for Beginner 2 (see above)
- Use verb conjugations: masu-form, short form (present tense only) and te-form
- Use adjective conjugations: negative, past and te-form
- State request, permission, prohibition, and offering of assistance
Term 2
Jan–Mar
B3-2
- Material covered in Term 1
- Indicate the existence of things and people
- Describe people's appearances and characteristics
- State the purpose of coming or going somewhere
- State preferences for activities
- Know verb conjugations: past tense, short form
- Can qualify the person with verbs and adjectives
- Describe that the action is not complete yet
Term 3
Apri–Jun
B3-3
- Material covered in Term 2
- Make comparisons (expressing the comparative degree)
- Make comparisons (expressing the superlative degree)
- Describe what a person is planning to do in the future
- Describe a change in state
- Refer to indefinite places, things or people
- Describe your or someone's hope or aspiration
- Mention activities or events just as examples

Edmonton Japanese Community Association
6750 88 Street NWEdmonton, Alberta T6E 5H6

780-466-8166 / office@ejca.org
日本語メール: nihongo@ejca.org

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Office hours

Closed due to COVID-19 measures

Monday: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Friday: 9:30 am–12:30 pm

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