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Japanese Language Classes

 

Engakuji Temple in Kamakura, Japan. Photo courtesy of Hideki Aikoh, English Faculty

Engakuji Temple in Kamakura, Japan. Photo courtesy of Hideki Aikoh, English and Japanese Instructor

The approach of the Washington Academy of Languages program is to  emphasize the use of authentic Japanese as it is naturally spoken and written.  Speaking and listening are practiced at normal speeds in the classroom. As a  result, students are able to communicate easily with native speakers. Research  in the area of second language acquisition suggests that the most effective  process for acquiring a language begins with listening followed by speaking,  reading and, finally, writing. At Washington Academy of Languages we follow  this process.

Japanese texts are used for learning reading and writing. Hiragana  is introduced in level 1. Students are encouraged to read and write in hiragana  from the start. Katakana, for foreign loan words, is taught in level 2. Finally,  Kanji is introduced towards the end of level 2 as part of this unified system  so that students are able to understand the various readings and pronunciation  of each character in different contexts.

Japanese is a non-European language and is quite different from  English; therefore, the time needed to master the language is longer than that  for European languages. At Washington Academy of Languages, stress is placed on  the quality rather than the quantity of language skills. Because of the small  class size, however, students have ample opportunities to speak and ask  questions in the class and are thus able to proceed quickly toward acquisition  of the language.

Schedule

Any registrations received after the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee
-Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run.

-All classes are 20 hours.

-Classes cost $350.

 

-Registration deadline: September 23, 2018

Fall Session: October- December

Classes above level 1 require a placement or the previous level. New students may find placement information here.

Course Code Teacher Days Time Start date End date
Japanese 1 JPN 9101 Kyoko Sano Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00 10/6/2018 12/15/2018
Japanese 1 JPN 9101 Hideki Aikoh Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 10/3/2018 12/12/2018
Japanese 18 JPN 9406 Yuko Kozyrev Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 10/2/2018 12/4/2018
Japanese 2 JPN 9102 Kunie Kikunaga Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00 10/6/2018 12/15/2018
Japanese 2 JPN 9102 Kyoko Sano Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 10/2/2018 12/4/2018
Japanese 3 JPN 9201 Kunie Kikunaga Saturdays 10:00 –12:00 10/6/2018 12/15/2018
Japanese 3 JPN 9201 Hideki Aikoh Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 10/1/2018 12/10/2018
Japanese 5 JPN 9203 Trish Ledoux Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 10/3/2018 12/12/2018
Japanese 8 JPN 9302 Yuko Kozyrev Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 10/3/2018 12/12/2018

Holidays: 11/12, 11/21- 11/24 (if applicable)

Register here.

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Levels

Japanese 1

This Japanese – Novice Low 1 course (a.k.a. Japanese 1) is a 20-hour introductory course on the language and culture of Japan. It is intended for learners with little or no experience learning Japanese. The course emphasizes speaking, pronunciation, basic reading/writing (Hiragana) and getting comfortable with the language, but with a good grammatical foundation. During class, students will engage in role plays and practice Japanese in situations which focus on the students themselves and items around them. Use of English is limited. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Low (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 1-6):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014403)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN:9784789014410)

Recommended Materials (Level 1-2):
Stewart, A.M. (2012) Kodansha’s Katakana Workbook: A Step-by-Step Approach to Basic Japanese Writing (ISBN 9781568364773)

Stewart, A.M. (2012) Kodansha’s Hiragana Workbook: A Step-by-Step Approach to Basic Japanese Writing (ISBN 9781568364414)

Japanese 2

Prerequisite: Completion of Japanese 1, instructor’s permission or placement.

This Japanese – Novice Low 2 course (a.k.a. Japanese 2) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice Low 1” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. During class, students will engage in role plays and practice Japanese in situations which focus on the students themselves and items around them.  The course also reviews topics covered in the previous course.  The use of English is limited. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Low (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 1-6):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014403)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN:9784789014410)

Recommended Materials (Level 1-2):
Stewart, A.M. (2012) Kodansha’s Katakana Workbook: A Step-by-Step Approach to Basic Japanese Writing (ISBN 9781568364773)

Stewart, A.M. (2012) Kodansha’s Hiragana Workbook: A Step-by-Step Approach to Basic Japanese Writing (ISBN 9781568364414)

Japanese 3

Prerequisite: Completion of Japanese 2, instructor’s permission or placement.

This Japanese – Novice Mid 1 course (a.k.a. Japanese 3) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice Low 2” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. During class, students will engage in role plays and practice Japanese in situations which focus on describing trips, requesting and granting permission, and giving/taking directions.  The use of English is limited. The course will also reinforce topics covered in the previous course.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 1-6):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014403)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN:9784789014410)

Japanese 4

 Prerequisite: Completion of Japanese 3, instructor’s permission or placement.

This Japanese – Novice Mid 2 course (a.k.a. Japanese 4) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice Mid 1” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The course presents extensive new vocabulary, as well as specific grammatical forms and usage patterns. Topics include family, and descriptions of people.  The use of English is limited. The course will also reinforce topics covered in the previous course.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 1-6):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014403)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN:9784789014410)

Japanese 5

Prerequisite: Completion of Japanese 4, instructor’s permission or placement.

This Japanese – Novice Mid 3 course (a.k.a. Japanese 5) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice Mid 2” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The course is an expansion of the material covered in the previous four levels   During class, students will engage in role plays and practice Japanese in situations which focus on travel and social events. The use of English is minimal. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 1-6):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014403)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN:9784789014410)

Japanese 6

Prerequisite: Completion of Japanese 5, instructor’s permission or placement.

This Japanese –Novice Mid 4 course (a.k.a. Japanese 6) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice Mid 3” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The course is an expansion of the knowledge and skills developed in previous levels. During class, students will engage in role plays and practice Japanese in situations related to vacation, injury, and illness.  The use of English is minimal, and students should begin to move beyond basic functions in Japanese.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 1-6):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014403)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 1: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN:9784789014410)

Japanese 7

Prerequisite: Completion  of Japanese 6, instructor’s permission or placement.

This Japanese –Novice High 1 course (a.k.a. Japanese 7) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice Mid 4” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  During class, students will engage in role plays and practice Japanese in situations related to employment and giving/receiving gifts.  The use of English is minimal, and students should be able to use the language with increasing ease and complexity. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 7-12):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014434)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789014441)

Japanese 8

Prerequisite: Completion  of Japanese 7, instructor’s permission or placement.

This Japanese –Novice High 2 course (a.k.a. Japanese 8) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice High 1” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  During class, students will engage in role plays and practice Japanese in situations related to making plans for a trip, and dealing with lost-and-found items. The use of English is minimal, and students should be able to use the language with increasing ease and complexity. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 7-12):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014434)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789014441)

Japanese 9

Prerequisite: Completion  of Japanese 8, instructor’s permission or placement.

This Japanese –Novice High 3 course (a.k.a. Japanese 9) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice High 2” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  During class, students will engage in role plays, and practice Japanese in situations related to conversations at work, hearsay, and indirect speech. The use of English is minimal, and students should be able to use the language with increasing ease and complexity. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 7-12):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014434)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789014441)

Japanese 10

Prerequisite: Completion  of Japanese 9, instructor’s permission or placement.

This Japanese –Novice High 4 course (a.k.a. Japanese 10) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice High 3” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  During class, students will engage in role plays and practice Japanese in situations related to speaking with social superiors (elders, bosses, etc.), going shopping, and returning items. The use of English is minimal, and students should be able to use the language with increasing ease and complexity. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 7-12):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014434)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789014441)

Japanese 11

Prerequisite: Completion  of Japanese 10, instructor’s permission or placement.

This Japanese –Novice High 5 course (a.k.a. Japanese 11) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice High 4” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  During class, students will engage in role plays and practice Japanese in situations related to education and burglary. The use of English is minimal, and students should be able to exercise a wide range of foundational grammatical structures in a variety of situations. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 7-12):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014434)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789014441)

Japanese 12

Prerequisite: Completion  of Japanese 11, instructor’s permission or placement.

This Japanese –Novice High 6 course (a.k.a. Japanese 12) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice High 5” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  During class, students will engage in role plays and practice Japanese in situations related to departures/farewells and talking about memories. The use of English is minimal, and students should be able to exercise a wide range of foundational grammatical structures in a variety of situations for extended periods of time. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.  Students who complete this course are prepared to advance to Intermediate level courses for further study incorporating collocations, idioms, and more advanced grammar.

Required Materials (Level 7-12):

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Textbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times (ISBN: 9784789014434)

Banno, E. (2011). Genki 2: An integrated course in elementary Japanese: Workbook (2. ed.). Tokyo: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789014441)

Japanese 13

The Japanese – Intermediate Low 1 course (a.k.a. Japanese 13) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Novice High 6” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The emphasis is on integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing incorporating new vocabulary and grammar points.  Topics include: introducing oneself and others, getting to know someone, and greeting at different social levels. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 13-20):

Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013079)

 Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Workbook (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013086)

Japanese 14

The Japanese – Intermediate Low 2 course (a.k.a. Japanese 14) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan.  It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Intermediate Low 1” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The emphasis is on integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with new vocabulary and grammar points.  Topics include: Going to Japan for a year of study; communicating with teaching staff, classmates and with a homestay family. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 13-20):

Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013079)

 Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Workbook (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013086)

Japanese 15

The Japanese – Intermediate Low 3 course (a.k.a. Japanese 15) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan. It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Intermediate Low 2” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The emphasis is on integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with new vocabulary and grammar points. Topics include: Dealing with advisors and extra-curricular activities at a Japanese university; going to and ordering food at a restaurant.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 13-20):

Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013079)

 Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Workbook (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013086)

Japanese 16

The Japanese – Intermediate Low 4 course (a.k.a. Japanese 16) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan. It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Intermediate Low 3” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The emphasis is on integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with new vocabulary and grammar points.  Topics include: declining an invitation appropriately; seeking a part time job on their own or assisted by campus consultant. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 13-20):

Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013079)

 Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Workbook (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013086)

Japanese 17

The Japanese – Intermediate Low 5 course (a.k.a. Japanese 17) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan. It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Intermediate Low 4” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The emphasis is on integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with new vocabulary and grammar points.  Topics include: giving and receiving a present with appropriate manners; travelling by reserving hotels and purchasing transportation tickets. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 13-20):

Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013079)

 Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Workbook (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013086)

Japanese 18

The Japanese – Intermediate Low 6 course (a.k.a. Japanese 18) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan. It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Intermediate Low 5” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The emphasis is on integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with new vocabulary and grammar points.  Topics include: communicating with host family members, cultural lifestyle differences, visiting the doctor, and describing symptoms.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 13-20):

Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013079)

 Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Workbook (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013086)

Japanese 19

The Japanese – Intermediate Low 7 course (a.k.a. Japanese 19) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan. It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Intermediate Low 6” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The emphasis is on integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with new vocabulary and grammar points.  Topics include: Clarifying misunderstandings of Japanese phrases as a foreigner, carrying on a conversation smoothly using the “aizuchi” technique, discussing various women’s issues in Japan and reviewing general social expectations of women.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 13-20):

Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013079)

 Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Workbook (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013086)

Japanese 20

The Japanese – Intermediate Low 8 course (a.k.a. Japanese 20) is a 20-hour course on the language and culture of Japan. It is intended for learners who have completed “Japanese – Intermediate Low 7” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The course covers integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with new vocabulary and grammar points, but the emphasis is on reading comprehension.  Topics include: “kawaii” cuteness culture, aspects of group society, value on conciliatory and cooperative attitudes, and the job hunting process after graduation. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Level 13-20):

Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013079)

 Miura, A. and McGloin, N.H. An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, Workbook (Revised Edition, 2008), Japan: The Japan Times. (ISBN: 9784789013086)

Custom Program

WAL can design a special language program for you or your group.  Custom classes are planned with your needs and objectives in mind. WAL has the materials and instructional staff to provide you with an outstanding experience! Choose the number of hours you want to study and the dates of your study and we will design a program just for you.

Custom Programs may be contracted in 10-hour blocks that must be used within 5 weeks. Request a Custom Program here.

Corporate Programs

Communication is always key, especially in the world of business. Our experienced instructors are ready to come to your office with a tailored, industry-specific approach to language instruction. Program content is customized to meet the needs of individual companies.

Instruction requires a minimum of 10 hours total and a minimum of 1.5 hours per lesson.  Programs are generally scheduled on weekdays. Meeting dates and times are flexible. Instruction can be delivered at corporate sites or at our downtown office.

Please contact us at 206-239-4789 or wal@cityu.edu for more information or to receive quote.

Tuition

Class Type Cost 
Evening & Day Classes $350 (effective 7/1/2017)
Custom Programs $700/10 hours
Shared Custom Programs $450/10 hours per person (2-3 students)
Specialized Programs $750/10 hours
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