Japanese Classes – Summer II

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Japanese Language Courses

Summer II Term: July 29 – September 12, 2024 (6 weeks)

*No classes the week of September 2nd.

$192 Members/Continuing Students & $216 New Students

All classes will be held virtually via ZOOM.

All students are invited to attend an optional ZOOM “Japanese chat” session the week in between terms.  This is a wonderful opportunity to practice your Japanese in-person with a native Japanese speaker!

All classes are tailored to the level of expertise and type of study required by students. Weekly lessons provide students with an opportunity to begin the study of Japanese or to sharpen previously acquired skills. Writing, reading and speaking skills will be covered in all class levels.

Class Payment/Class Cancellation:

In order to be registered for the class pre-payment must be received prior to the first class. If minimum class size is not met, the Society has the right to cancel class level. All students will receive a full refund.

Please be reminded that class registration fee is for one student only. If there are multiple students who are interested in taking our classes, please register each student separately. Society has the right to cancel a student’s registration at any time.

Text Books:

Please note that price for text books are subject to change. Book fees include an additional shipping/handling fee. Students in Advanced classes will receive copies of all class material. 

New Students – A complimentary Japanese for Busy People textbook will be sent to new students after the first class. All students will receive an email copy of lesson that will be covered the first day of class.

Continuing Students – All continuing students moving levels can purchase a Japanese for Busy People textbook and workbook below.

A limited number of Basic Kanji Vol. I & II are available for purchase as well as Let’s Learn Hiragana and Let’s Learn Hiragana books (optional). Basic Kanji Vol. I & II materials and Let’s Learn Hiragana and Katakana materials will be emailed to all students (as needed) prior to the first day of class.

Price for all books is subject to change. Books are non-refundable.

Japanese for Busy People Vol. I (4th edition Romanized) – $25 (includes shipping/handling) (All Beginning Levels)

Japanese for Busy People Vol. II – $30 (includes shipping/handling) (All Intermediate Levels)

Japanese for Busy People Vol. III – $30 (includes shipping/handling) (All Conversational Levels)

Workbooks:

Japanese for Busy People Vol. I Workbook (4th edition Romanized) – $24 (includes shipping/handling) (All Beginning Levels)

Japanese for Busy People Vol. II Workbook – $25 (includes shipping/handling) (All Intermediate Levels)

Japanese for Busy People Vol. III Workbook – $29 (includes shipping/handling) (All Conversational Levels)

Optional :

Kanji Book Vol. 1 – $30 (includes shipping/handling) – Limited number of copies available  (Beginning  II, III, Intermediate I, II, III, IV& V)

Kanji Book. Vol. 2 – $50 (includes shipping/handling) – Limited number of copies available (CONV. I, II, III & IV) 

Let’s Learn Hiragana – $18 (includes shipping/handling) (Beginning I) 

Let’s Learn Katakana – $19 (includes shipping/handling) (Beginning II)

For any questions please email: [email protected].

Beginning Japanese I

(Mondays 5:30-7:30 pm)

Designed for students with no previous instruction in Japanese, this course strives to develop an understanding of basic elements of Japanese grammar, expressions, and writing system (hiragana).

Materials: Worksheet(s) and Textbooks: Japanese For Busy People, Vol. I (4th edition), and Workbook Vol. I (4th edition)

Registration and books can be purchased below.

New students will receive a complimentary Japanese for Busy People text book. Continuing students who are moving levels can purchase new text books on the Japan America Society of Chicago website.

Beginning Japanese Level II

(Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm)

A continuation of Beginning Japanese Level I, this course will build upon previously learned basic elements of Japanese grammar and expressions. Previous knowledge of hiragana is essential before taking this level. Writing system will include hiragana, katakana, and an introduction to basic Chinese characters (kanji).

Materials: Worksheet(s) and Textbooks: Japanese For Busy People, Vol. I (4th edition), and Workbook Vol. I (4th edition)

Registration and books can be purchased below.

New students will receive a complimentary Japanese for Busy People text book. Continuing students who are moving levels can purchase new text books on the Japan America Society of Chicago website.

Beginning Japanese Level V

(Wednesdays 7:30-9:30  pm)

A continuation of Beginning Japanese Level IV, this level will build upon previously learned basic elements of Japanese grammar and expressions. Prior knowledge of hiragana and katakana are required.

Materials: Worksheet(s) and Textbooks: Japanese For Busy People, Vol. I (4th edition) , and Workbook Vol. I (4th edition) .

Registration and books can be purchased below.

New students will receive a complimentary Japanese for Busy People text book. Continuing students who are moving levels can purchase new text books on the Japan America Society of Chicago website.

Beginning Japanese Level VII

(Thursdays 7:30-9:30 pm)

A continuation of Beginning Japanese Level VI, this level will build upon previously learned basic elements of Japanese grammar and expressions. Prior knowledge of hiragana and katakana are required.

Materials: Worksheet(s) and Textbooks: Japanese For Busy People, Vol. I (4th edition) , and Workbook Vol. I (4th edition) .

Registration and books can be purchased below.

New students will receive a complimentary Japanese for Busy People text book. Continuing students who are moving levels can purchase new text books on the Japan America Society of Chicago website.

Conversational II

(Mondays 7:30-9:30 pm)

A continuation of Japanese Conversational I, this class will provide a forum for basic Japanese conversation between students and instructor as well as for more advanced kanji. Topics of conversation will be determined by the instructor, along with various reading assignments.

Materials: Worksheet(s) and Textbooks: Japanese For Busy People Vol. III, and Workbook Vol. III, and Basic Kanji Vol. II

Registration and books can be purchased below.

New students will receive a complimentary Japanese for Busy People text book. Continuing students who are moving levels can purchase new text books on the Japan America Society of Chicago website.

Advanced V

(Thursdays 5:30-7:30 pm)

This class will provide a forum for more advanced Japanese conversation between students and instructor along with additional progressive kanji. Topics of conversation will be determined by the instructor, along with various reading assignments.

Students at this level can continue to re-take this class as class material will differ each term.

Materials: Textbook:  Advanced Japanese Social And Economic Issues In Japan And The U.S.

Advanced VII

(Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:30 pm)

This class will provide a forum for more advanced Japanese conversation between students and instructor along with additional progressive kanji. Topics of conversation will be determined by the instructor, along with various reading assignments.

Students at this level can continue to re-take this class as class material will differ each term

Materials: Advanced Japanese Social and Economic Issues in Japan and the U.S. 

Advanced VIII

(Wednesday evenings 5:30-7:30 pm)

This class will provide a forum for more advanced Japanese conversation between students and instructor along with additional progressive kanji. Topics of conversation will be determined by the instructor, along with various reading assignments.

Students at this level can continue to re-take this class as class material will differ each term.

Materials: Nihongo Chokyu Washa Eno Kakehashi & Kanji & Kana A Handbook of the Japanese Writing System

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