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Spring 2015 Classes

The NC Japan Center offers courses in Japanese language, English for Japanese speakers, and doing business with Japan. These include regular, semester-long courses in Japanese language for youth and adults, as well as short, five-week courses for learners of all ages.

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Fifteen-week Courses for Youth  PRE-REGISTER HERE 

Semester-long courses for youth are being held one evening a week beginning the week of January 12, 2015. Pre-registration and payment are required by Monday, January 5, 2015. All courses are taught at the NC Japan Center. The fee for each course is $150.

Questions about classes? Contact Ms. Reiko Chosokabe (reiko.chosokabe@ncsu.edu)

  • Youth 1: Mondays (Jan 12–Apr 27, 4:30–6:00 pm, no class Jan 19)

    For those new to the Japanese language. Introduces Hiragana, Katakana, and 15 Kanji, basic grammar and vocabulary, question sentences, verb conjugation, present tense, greetings, time/age, shopping.

    Textbook: Genki I, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 1–3.

  • Youth 2: Wednesdays (Jan 14–Apr 22, 4:30–6:00 pm)

    Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 43 Kanji, locations, past tense, adjectives and counting, Te-form, days/weeks/months/years, directions.

    Textbook: Genki I, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 4–6.

  • Youth 3: Thursdays (Jan 15–Apr 23, 4:30–6:00 pm)

    Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 43 Kanji, Te-form and joining sentences, counting people, short forms, informal speech, past tense short forms, qualifying nouns with verbs and adjectives, colors.

    Textbook: Genki I, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 7–9.

  • Youth 4: Tuesdays (Jan 13–Apr 21, 4:30–6:00 pm)

    Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 44 new Kanji, comparison between two items, comparison among three or more items, public transportation in Japan.

    Textbook: Genki I, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 10–12.

** Youth courses are for rising eighth graders and high school students.

Fifteen-week Courses for Adults  PRE-REGISTER HERE 

Semester-long courses for adults are being held one evening a week with most beginning the week of January 12, 2015. Pre-registration and payment are required by Monday, January 5, 2015. All courses are taught at the NC Japan Center. The fee for each course is $180.

Questions about classes? Contact Ms. Reiko Chosokabe (reiko.chosokabe@ncsu.edu)

  • Adult 1: Mondays (Jan 12–Apr 27, 6:30–8:20 pm, no class Jan 19)

    For those new to the Japanese language. Introduces Hiragana, Katakana, and 15 Kanji, basic grammar and vocabulary, question sentences, verb conjugation, present tense, greetings, time/age, shopping.

    Textbook: Genki I, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 1–3.

  • Adult 2: Wednesdays (Jan 14–Apr 22, 6:30–8:20 pm)

    Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 57 new Kanji, adjectives and counting, Te-form and joining sentences, short forms and informal speech, directions, kinship terms, parts of the body.

    Textbook: Genki I, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 4–7.

  • Adult 3: Fridays (Jan 16–Apr 24, 6:30–8:20 pm, no class Nov 28)

    Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 59 new Kanji, past tense short forms, qualifying nouns with verbs and adjectives, comparisons between items, colors, public transportation, health and illness.

    Textbook: Genki I, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 8–12.

  • Adult 4: Tuesdays (Jan 13–Apr 21, 6:30–8:20 pm)

    Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 64 new Kanji, potential verbs, volitional form, using sentences to qualify nouns, names of years, counters.

    Textbook: Genki II, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 13–16.

  • Adult 5: Thursdays (Jan 15–Apr 23, 6:30–8:20 pm)

    Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 62 new Kanji, transitivity pairs, Honorific verbs, giving respectful advice, extra-modest expressions, humble expressions, questions within larger sentences.

    Textbook: Genki II, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 17–20.

  • Adult 6: Tuesdays (Jan 13–Apr 21, 6:30–8:20 pm)

    Introduces additional grammar and vocabulary, and 46 new Kanji, passive sentences, causative sentences, causative-passive sentences.

    Textbook: Genki II, Second Edition, published by The Japan Times. Lessons 21–23.

  • Post Genki 1: Mondays (Jan 12–Apr 27, 6:30–8:20 pm, no class Jan 19)

    Designed for those who have completed the Genki II text, the course introduces new grammar, including passive and causative forms, as well as 317 new kanji. From the textbook, 5 lessons will be covered during the semester, which include topics such as introducing oneself, greetings, asking favors, asking permission, and seeking/giving advice using grammar, vocabulary, and kanji in intermediate level Japanese.

    Textbook: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese [Revised Edition] published by The Japan Times. Lessons 1–5.

  • Post Genki 3: Wednesdays (Jan 14–Apr 22, 6:30–8:20 pm)

    Designed for those who have completed the Genki II text and Lessons 1–9 of An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese [Revised Edition]. Lessons 10–12 from the textbook will be covered during the semester, which include topics such as making travel arrangements, complaining, making apologies, describing conditions of sickness, and giongo (onomatopoeia) versus gitaigo (phenomimes) using grammar, vocabulary and kanji in intermediate level Japanese.

    Textbook: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese [Revised Edition] published by The Japan Times. Lessons 10–12.

  • JLPT: Thursdays (Jan 15–Apr 23, 7:00–8:50 pm, no class Nov 27)

    Prepares students for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, JLPT (http://www.jlpt.jp/e/), and may be taken by students regardless of whether they plan to take the test. The course currently focuses on Levels N1 and N2, and is appropriate for students who have completed the Genki curriculum and are interested in grammar and reading comprehension at an advanced level.

    Textbooks: 新完全マスター文法日本語能力試験 N2, ISBN 978-4-88319-565-7.
    新完全マスター読解日本語能力試験 N2, ISBN 978-4-88319-572-5.

Short Courses for All Ages  PRE-REGISTER HERE 

Five-week courses for beginners are being held one afternoon a week for learners of all ages. Held at the NC Japan Center, they introduce basic Japanese language writing, vocabulary, and conversational forms, greetings and introductions, question sentences and answers, and numbers. Pre-registration and payment are required by Monday, February 23, 2015. The fee for each course is $60.

Questions about classes? Contact Ms. Reiko Chosokabe (reiko.chosokabe@ncsu.edu)

  • Japanese for Kids: Tuesdays (Mar 10–Apr 7, 3:00–4:00 pm)

    For elementary school students.

  • Japanese for Youth: Wednesdays (Mar 11–Apr 8, 3:00–4:00 pm)

    For middle and high school students.

  • Japanese for Adults: Thursdays (Mar 12–Apr 9, 3:00–4:00 pm)

    For lifelong learners, from college age to seniors.

English Courses for Japanese Speakers of All Ages

English-language instruction is available at the NC Japan Center for Japanese speakers of all ages. Flexible times and formats are being offered. For questions, or to express interest, please contact Ms. Reiko Chosokabe (reiko.chosokabe@ncsu.edu).

  • English Grammar (flexible times and format)

    Intended for short-stay Japanese speakers who want to maintain and improve grammar-oriented English skills while they are away from Japan. For those who are new to the US, this course also focuses on leveraging English grammar skills to improve practical listening and speaking.

U.S.-Japan Business  PRE-REGISTER HERE 

A new, ten-week business course is being held one evening a week beginning the week of January 12, 2015. Pre-registration and payment are required by Monday, January 5, 2015. The course is taught at the NC Japan Center. The fee for the course is $150.

  • Essentials of U.S.-Japan Business: Tuesdays (Jan 13–Mar 17, 6:30–8:00 pm)

    Japan has long been considered one of the most difficult international markets for American companies. This new course examines the specific reasons for this and what American companies can do to better succeed there. Special attention will be given to the impact of cultural differences. In addition to lectures and readings, this course will include guest presentations from experienced American and Japanese executives as well as role playing by students.

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