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Japanese for Teens (Online)

General Information

Three levels: 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 Tuesdays; 5 to 6:30pm)
Term 2: January to March (10 Tuesdays; 5 to 6:30pm)
Term 3: April to June (10 Tuesdays; 5 to 6:30pm)

Textbook (L1-1, 2, 3 and L2-1, 2):
Marugoto A1: Japanese language and culture Starter A1 Coursebook for communicative language competences (Japan Foundation, Sanshusha, 2013)

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Textbook (L2-2, 3 and L3-1, 2, 3):
Marugoto A2-1: Japanese language and culture Elementary 1 A2 Coursebook for communicative language activities (Japan Foundation, Sanshusha, 2014)

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Marugoto A1   Marugoto A2

Material covered at each level

  Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Level 1 (L1) "Marugoto A1 Rikai" Lesson 1–4 "Marugoto A1 Rikai" Lesson 5–8 "Marugoto A1 Rikai" Lesson 9–12
Level 2 (L2) "Marugoto A1 Rikai" Lesson 13–16 "Marugoto A1 Rikai" Lesson 17–18
"Marugoto A2-1 Katusdo" Lesson 1–2
"Marugoto A2-1 Katusdo" Lesson 3–6
Level 3 (L3) "Marugoto A2-1 Katusdo" Lesson 7–10 "Marugoto A2-1 Katusdo" Lesson 11–14 "Marugoto A2-1 Katusdo" Lesson 15–18
  • 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. Achieving 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.

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

L1 - 3 online placement test

L2 - 3 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

Level 1 (L1)


Term 1

No Japanese language experience is required

Term 2

- Read/write hiragana
- Write your name in Japanese

- Use basic greeting expressions in appropriate situations
- Count up to 100
- Recognize Japanese characters
- Give a simple self-introduction
- Talk briefly about your family

Term 3

- Material covered in Term 2
- Read/write katakana
- Count from 100 to 1,000
- Talk about your favourite foods
- Talk about your breakfast
- Know frequency adverb (いつも、よく、あまり)
- Read menu at a fast food restaurant
- Say what kind of house you live in
- Say what you have in your home
- Ask/say where to put things in a room

Level 2 (L2)Prerequisites
Term 1
- The prerequisites listed for Level 1 (see above)
- Say the time you do things
- Talk about your daily routine
- Talk about your schedule for this week
- Talk about when we have an event
- Talk about your hobbies
- Talk about what you do on your days off
- Recognize information on posters and calendars for events
- Ask/say whether or not you will attend an event
Term 2
- Material covered in Term 1
- Say how to get to a particular destination
- Say where you are now over the phone
- Recognize opening/closing time on shop
- Talk about what you want to buy
- Talk about where to shop for something you want
- Make a brief comment on things in a shop
- Read prices
- Can do some shopping
Term 3
- Material covered in Term 2
- Say what you did on your days off
- Say briefly what you thought about on your days off
- Say what you did on your travels
- Say where you want to go next time
- Talk briefly about where you/your family are living and what you/they do (verb て-form +います)
- Talk about your hobbies (verb て-form +こと)
- Read/write short, simple comments about someone's self-introduction (noun のとき/い Adj のとき Adj なとき)

Level 3 (L3)Prerequisites
Term 1
- Prerequisites listed for Level 2 (see above)
- Talk about the change of seasons (noun にい Adjく/な Adj になります)
- Talk about likes/dislikes about seasons or other things
- Say what season you like and why (S1 から S2)
- Talk about how the weater is/was (past tense adj)
- Talk about the condition of weather (V て + います)
- Tell a friend about place/area of your recommendation
- Talk about two or more characteristics of a place (adjective て form)
- Talk about two opposing characteristics of a place (Adj/N けど Adj/N)
- Talk about the way to go somewhere in order (V て + V ます )
- Talk about two or more characteristics of a thing (adjective て form)
Term 2
- Material covered in Term 1
- Talk with a friend about time and place you will meet
- Ask if your own opinion or an alternative plan is acceptable
- Read email from a friend saying s/he will be late
- Apologize for being late and give a reason
- Ask if someone has already done V or not yet ( V )
- Describe that the action is not complete yet ()
- State the purpose of coming or going somewhere
- Express the sequence of events "before" and "after"
- Describe how things are, using adjectives (N  N  Adj )
- Describe how things are, using adjectives (N  Verb  Adj )
- Ask someone for help and response to a request for help
- Describe your or someone's hope or aspiration
- Offer to help someone with a problem and accept an offer of help
Term 3
- Material covered in Term 2
- Ask/say when choosing which is preferred from two options
- Say what you think about something from the outside
- Talk about the reason or cause (い Adj くて/い Adj くなくて、な Adj で/な Adj じゃなくて)
- Talk about your experience
- Talk about too much of something, in a negative context
- Describe the good and bad points of something
- Talk about how much time has passed since starting something
- Ask for permission

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

780-466-8166 / office@ejca.org
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Wednesday: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Friday: 3:30 pm–6:30 pm

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