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Virtual Teens’ Beginner Japanese Language I

June 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Let’s learn to write and speak Japanese with everyday vocabulary and grammar!

**Registration will end at noon on Friday before the first class. Please register before then to reserve your space in the class.**

Class Dates:

  • 7 weeks, Saturdays 12:00 – 1:30 PM
  • Jun 18, Jun 25, Jul 9, Jul 16, Jul 23, Jul 30, Aug 6

Class Topics:

Hiragana, katakana, pronunciation, self-introduction ,numbers, ages, school/work, basic sentences, essay writing

(If you’ve learned some of this and aren’t sure if this is the right level for you, placement tests are available. Alternatively, you can ask us about tutoring to get you ready to be in the class of your choice.)

Class Location:

Online via Discord. Invitation with chatroom info and other necessary materials will be sent to your registration email up to a week before the start date of the class or by midnight on the day you make the purchase if it’s the day before the first class.

Sensei will occasionally use email to communicate with the student during the lesson: if the registration email cannot be used during class, please respond to the Welcome email with an email address for the student. When there are quizzes or the class is working on their worksheets, they will be asked to send photos of what they’ve completed so far if they can’t use their camera to show what they’re working on. Any work they’re unable to get to in class is homework they’ll scan in or photograph and email to Sensei before the next class.

Class Description:

Teen’s Beginner Japanese courses are for—you guessed it!—teenagers who want to speak or read Japanese with confidence. You’ll be surrounded with Japanese from the very beginning so you can see everything in context (and it’s all about context when using Japanese).

If your child misses one class, they can probably still catch up through office hours and asking questions about and doing the worksheets from the missed lesson. Everything we learn builds on top of things from previous classes so there will definitely be plenty of review. They’ll also get class notes, if there are any, sent to them.

If you know they’ll be missing more than one class in a row, it’s probably best to take this course the next time it’s offered.

There isn’t a textbook but there is the workbook I designed specifically for this course. The workbook pages are linked through the Course Curriculum you get access to when you sign up.

We’ll try to do most of the worksheets in class but you may have a little bit of homework.

Placement tests are available if you want to take a higher level.

Let’s enjoy learning Japanese together! よろしくおねがいします!