Japanese Adult Language Education

Aozora Community Foundation is thrilled to be offering Japanese Language Education classes for adults. During the 2018-2019 school year, ACF will be offering 6 levels (Beginner - Intermediate) with the plan to expand beyond these levels in future years.  All 6 levels will not be offered at one time. See below for more information on what's covered in each level, the schedule, and links to register. Feel free to contact Sachiko Brioso (sachiko@aozoracommunity.org), our Japanese Language Education Director, if you have any questions or are unsure of what level you should take. 

Each level includes 8 classes and will focus on the language itself (grammar/pronunciation) as well as the cultural topics. In this weekly course, we will learn ‘real’ Japanese outside of the textbook - Language learning can be fun! Let’s relax and have a great time with learning Japanese!

Textbook: GENKI I

Levels: 101 – 106

Time: Weekly 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Cost: $300 per quarter (8-week course)

 
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LEvel 101

Level 101 is our first beginner class and will cover an introduction to Language and Culture, including: Japanese names; greetings and bowing; and Japanese currency.  The grammar topics will include X wa Y desu; question sentences, noun1 no noun2; numbers: time/ age; classroom language; Hiragana (recognition/reading); Kore/Sore/Are/Dore; Kono/Sono/Ano/Dono; Koko/Soko/Asoko/Doko; Dareno Noun; Noun janaidesu; and Katakana (recognition/reading). 

No prior Japanese Language experience required.

Class Dates for 1st Quarter: Tuesdays - September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23;  November 6

Class Dates for 3rd Quarter: Tuesdays 6:30 - 8pm on February 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2

Instructor: Sachiko Brioso


Level 102

Level 102 is our second beginner class and will cover an introduction to Language and Culture, including Japanese houses, daily life, Japanese National Holidays, and weekend plans. The grammar topics will include: Verb Conjugation; Verb Types and the “Present Tense; Particles ‘o/de/ni/e’; Time Reference; 〜masenka; Word Order; Frequency Adverbs; Topic Particle ‘wa’; Hiragana & Katakana (Reading & Writing); Kanji; X ga arimasu/ imasu; Describing where things are; Past Tense of 〜 desu; Past Tense Verbs; Particle ‘mo’; Days/Weeks/Months/Years. 

Pre-requisite: Must be comfortable identifying most Hiragana.

Class Dates for 2nd Quarter: Tuesdays - November 13, 20, 27; December 11, 18; January 8, 15, 22

Class Dates for 4th Quarter: Tuesdays - April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18


LEvel 103

Level 103 is our intermediate beginner class and will cover an introduction to Language and Culture, including Japanese Festivals, Travel, Japanese Educational System and Favorite Restaurants. The grammar topics will include: Adjectives; Sukina/ Kiraina; 〜 mashou/ 〜mashouka; Counting; Kanji; Te-form: tekuda,  temoiidesu, tewa ikemasen; describing 2 activities: kara, mashouka; Asking for directions; Kanji. 

Pre-requisite: Must be comfortable identifying most Hiragana and Katakana.

Class Dates for 1st Quarter: Thursdays - September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11 18, 25;  November 1

Class Dates for 3rd Quarter: Wednesdays 7 - 8:30pm on February 6, 13, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3

Instructor: Maiko Kaneko


Level 104 is our second intermediate beginner class and will cover an introduction to Language and Culture, including Kinship Terms, Writing Letters, Foods in Japan, and Japanese Office Workers. The grammar topics will include: 〜 teiru; Te-forms for joining sentences; Verb stem + ni iku; Counting people; Parts of the body and describing it; Kanji; Short Forms; Informal Speece; 〜 to omoimasu/ 〜to itteimashita; 〜 naide kudasai; Verb noga sukidesu; Particle ‘ga’; Nanika/ nanimo. 

Pre-requisite: Must be comfortable identifying all Hiragana and Katakana.

Class Dates for 2nd Quarter: Thursdays November 29; December 6, 13, 20; January 3, 10, 17, 24

Class Dates for 4th Quarter: Wednesdays May 1, 8, 15, 22, 20; June 5, 12, 19

Level 104

 

 

 


Level 105

Level 105 is our first advanced beginner class and will cover Language and Culture topics, including Japanese Traditional Culture, Kabuki, Writing Diary, Public Transportation in Japan, and The Foltake: Kasajizo. The grammar topics will include: Past Tense Short Forms; Qualifying Nouns with Verbs and Adjectives; Mada 〜 teimasen; 〜 kara; Colors; Kanji; Comparison between Two Items; Comparison among Three or More Items; Adjective/ Noun + no; 〜 tsumorida; Adjective + naru; Dokokani/ Dokonimo; Particle ‘de’. 

Pre-requisite: Must be comfortable identifying all Hiragana and Katakana.

Class Dates for 3rd Quarter: Thursdays 6:30 -8pm on February 7, 14, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4


Level 106

Level 106 is our second advanced beginner class and will cover Language and Culture topics, including: New Year Celebration, Looking for Friends, The Japanese Climate, and Tanabata Festival. The grammar topics will include: 〜 tai; 〜tari 〜 tari suru; 〜 kotoga aru; Noun1 ya Noun2; Classroom Language; Kanji; 〜 ndesu; 〜 sugiru; 〜 houga iidesu; 〜 node; 〜nakereba ikemasen/ 〜nakya ikemasen; and 〜 deshou. 

Pre-requisite: Must be comfortable identifying all Hiragana and Katakana.

Class Dates for 4th Quarter: Thursdays May 2, 9, 16, 23, 31; June 6, 13, 20

Registration for this course will become available in March.